World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) is a publicly traded, privately controlled integrated media (focusing in television, internet, and live events), sports, and entertainment company dealing primarily in the professional wrestling industry, with major revenue sources also coming from movies, music, product licensing, and direct product sales. Vince McMahon is the majority owner andChairman of the company and his wife Linda McMahon holds the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Together with their children, Executive Vice President of Global Media Shane McMahonand Senior Vice President of Creative Writing Stephanie McMahon-Levesque, the McMahons hold approximately 70% of WWE’s economic interest and 96% of all voting power in the company. The company’s global headquarters are located at 1241 East Main Street in Stamford, Connecticut, with international offices in Los Angeles, New York City, London, and Toronto. The company was previously known as Titan Sports, Inc. before changing to World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc., and most recently becoming World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
WWE’s business focus is on professional wrestling. It is currently the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world, and holds an extensive library of videos representing a significant portion of the visual history of professional wrestling. The promotion previously existed as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation, which promoted under the banner of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), and later the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). WWE promotes under three brands; RAW, SmackDown! and ECW. WWE is also home to three of the eight world heavyweight championships recognized by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
World Wrestling Entertainment will be holding a tryout for potential WWE Superstars on February 22 and February 23 in Louisville, Kentucky. Based upon the email I receive, there is no doubt that some of you that read the previous sentence have hopes that they can just show up with zero wrestling experience and will be wrestling on Monday Night RAW next week. Nothing could be further from the truth. One of the good things about this tryout is that some of the qualifications for even getting a shot to become a WWE Superstar have become public.
There’s been hundreds of pro wrestlers over the years who have wrestled for WWF, which later turned into the WWE (World WrestlingEntertainment). These WWE superstars and wrestlers have entertained fans using gimmicks, storylines, comedic skits and more. From the early days of Hulk Hogan all the way up to the Attitude Era with Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H and now John Cena, the WWE continues to entertain fans around the world!