2009 Press Releases

July 29, 2009

7-ELEVEN AND PEPSI MAX SIZZLE AT WWE'S SUMMERSLAM

STAMFORD, CT, July 29, 2009– World Wrestling Entertainment® announced today its partnership with two national, blue-chip brands, 7-Eleven and Pepsi Max, as sponsors of the 2009 SummerSlam® pay-per-view on Sunday, August 23, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  As presenting partner of SummerSlam, 7-Eleven will conduct a nationwide storefront branding campaign in August promoting SummerSlam and featuring WWE® Superstars John Cena®, Triple H®, Edge®, Undertaker® and WWE Diva Kelly Kelly™ on five collectible Super Big Gulp beverage cups.

July 20, 2009

GILLETTE TEAMS UP WITH WWE TO HELP GUYS BE SUPERSTARS

Boston, MA, July 20, 2009 – Gillette®  [PG] has expanded its relationship with World Wrestling Entertainment® and introduced a new, four-month interactive online campaign featuring WWE Superstars John Cena, Chris Jericho, and Cody Rhodes called “Be A Superstar” at www.wwe.com/beasuperstar.  These three Superstars will be featured in more than a dozen engaging videos showing how they each embody Gillette Fusion qualities of individuality, style and confidence.

April 23, 2009

WWE® BEATS AMERICAN IDOL

STAMFORD, CT, April 23, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment® television programming beat American Idol in the all important M18-34 advertiser demo for the week of April 13th. WWE® reached more than 16 million viewers domestically last week, an increase of 19% year to year.

April 16, 2009

WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT, INC. TO REPORT 2009 FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

STAMFORD, CT., April 16, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced that it will report its 2009 first quarter results on May 7, 2009, before the opening of the market.  The Company’s chairman, Vincent K. McMahon, and senior management will host a conference call beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results.

April 13, 2009

WRESTLEMANIA® SETS ONE-DAY BOX OFFICE RECORD

STAMFORD, CT, April 13, 2009 – With $52 million in gross sales, the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania® set a record for the highest grossing one-day entertainment event in 2009.  The pop culture extravaganza, held in Houston, TX on April 5th, tops the 2009 highest grossing movie opening day record -- $30 million opening night of Fast and the Furious and the 2008 highest grossing single-day stadium concert -- Madonna’s $6.1 million Sticky & Sweet concert in Dolphin Stadium -- combined. 

April 9, 2009

EXPECT EVERYTHING WHEN WWE® SUPERSTARS ENTERS WGN AMERICA’S RING ON APRIL 16

NEW YORK, NY and STAMFORD, CT, April 9, 2009—Beginning April 16, WGN America and World Wrestling Entertainment® (NYSE: WWE) will team up for WWE Superstars, a first run, original program airing exclusively on WGN America, Tribune Broadcasting’s national Superstation.

April 6, 2009

WWE® STOCK OUTPERFORMS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANIES IN Q1 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., April 6, 2009- Despite a challenging economy, World Wrestling Entertainment® stock outperformed other entertainment companies on both stock price performance and total return basis for Q1 2009.

April 5, 2009

WRESTLEMANIA® RECORD SELLOUT

HOUSTON, TX, April 5, 2009World Wrestling Entertainment® set a new record tonight at Reliant Stadium in Houston for the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, grossing $6.9 million in revenue. This is the highest grossing live event in WWE history. With 72,744 in attendance, the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania surpassed SuperBowl XLIII in Tampa (70,774 attendance). WWE® fans from all 50 states, 24 countries and 7 Canadian Provinces attended the pop culture extravaganza.

April 3, 2009

ROURKE RINGSIDE AT WRESTLEMANIA®

STAMFORD, CONN., April 3, 2009 World Wrestling Entertainment® and Mickey Rourke announced that he will attend the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania this Sunday, April 5th at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

April 1, 2009

WWE® LAUNCHES PAY PER VIEW IN MEXICO CITY WITH 25th ANNIVERSARY OF WRESTLEMANIA®

Mexico, April 1, 2009World Wrestling Entertainment® and CABLEVISION® have announced a new agreement to launch WWE pay-per-view in Mexico City with the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania this Sunday, April 5.

March 30, 2009

`WWE® ENCYCLOPEDIA’ DEBUTS #10 ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST

STAMFORD, CT, March 30, 2009 – In the first week of its release, the WWE Encyclopedia, a collection of 900 entries profiling WWE personalities from every era, has entered The New York Times Bestseller list at Number 10 for April 5th, 2009.

March 24, 2009

Kid Rock and Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls to Perform at WrestleMania

STAMFORD, Conn., March 24, 2009--World Wrestling Entertainment® announced that Kid Rock and lead Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, will perform at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania on April 5 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

March 18, 2009

YALSA NAMES WRESTLEMANIA® READING CHALLENGE WINNERS

CHICAGO Ten regional winners in grades 7-8 and 9-12 from across the United States have won a chance to compete in the WrestleMania® Reading Challenge National Finals in Houston, Texas.  Five regional champions from grades 5-6 will also be guests at the finals, which will be held at the Houston Public Library on Saturday, April 4th.

March 18, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment® CEO Linda McMahon to Participate In Sidoti & Co. 13th Annual NY Emerging Growth Institutional Investor Forum

STAMFORD, Conn., March 18, 2009  -  World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that its Chief Executive Officer, Linda McMahon, will participate in the Sidoti & Co. 13th Annual NY Emerging Growth Institutional Investor Forum, on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in New York, NY.

March 16, 2009

Army National Guard Rolls with WWE

Stamford, CT, March 16, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc® and the Army National Guard have announced that it will be the presenting sponsor of the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania® and WrestleMania Axxess.  Set to take place at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on Sunday, April 5, the Army National Guard will utilize the partnership with WWE to enhance their recruiting and activation goals for 2009.

March 14, 2009

Statement Regarding Andrew Martin

World Wrestling Entertainment® has been made aware of the passing of Andrew Martin.  The WWE extends its deepest condolences to the Martin family.  Mr. Martin was under contract with WWE at various time periods and performed under the name "Test."  He last performed for the WWE in February 2007.

March 11, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment® CFO George A. Barrios to Participate In 10th Annual B. Riley Investor Conference

STAMFORD, Conn., March 11, 2009  -  World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that its Chief Financial Officer, George A. Barrios, will participate in the 10th Annual B. Riley Investor Conference, on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, in Las Vegas, NV.

March 10, 2009

WWE® FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN® MAKES TV HISTORY

Stamford, CT - March 10, 2009 – WWE® Friday Night SmackDown celebrates its 500th episode on Friday, March 20 at 8PM ET/7PM CT on MyNetworkTV with a theme centered around “SmackDown 500 – Road to WrestleMania.”  By accomplishing this in 10 years, SmackDown becomes the fastest weekly episodic to reach this milestone in United States primetime broadcast television history.

March 5, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment® Sets Date for Annual Shareholders Meeting

STAMFORD, CT, March 5, 2009- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) will hold its 2009 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Company headquarters.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET.

March 5, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment® CFO George A. Barrios to Participate In Wedbush Morgan Management Access Conference

STAMFORD, Conn., March 5, 2009  -  World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that its Chief Financial Officer, George A. Barrios, will participate in the Wedbush Morgan 7th Annual New York Management Access Conference for Micro-Small-Mid-Cap Companies, on Thursday, March 12, 2009, in New York, NY.

March 5, 2009

WWE® RAW® MOST WATCHED ON CABLE

STAMFORD, CT, March 5, 2009 –WWE Monday Night RAW on the USA Network was Monday night’s most watched program on cable with 5.5 million total viewers.

March 3, 2009

Kmart® partners with WWE® to promote 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania®
“WrestleMania Madness” and WWE Superstars Come to Kmart Stores This Spring

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL - Kmart® has partnered with World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) for a multi-channel entertainment marketing promotion supporting the biggest WWE event of the year – the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania. The exclusive “WrestleMania Madness” is only at Kmart. 

March 2, 2009

WWE® DEBUTS ON FOX TURKEY

Istanbul, March 2, 2009World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) and Fox Turkey have announced a new agreement to launch SmackDown® across the country on March 2.

February 27, 2009

WWE® LAYS THE SMACKDOWN® ON SWEDEN’S TV4

London, February 27, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) and TV4 have announced a new agreement that will launch SmackDown on TV4 Sport in Sweden on February 28.

February 24, 2009

ARIZONA HOSTS WRESTLEMANIA® XXVI

Stamford, CT, February 24, 2009 -- The City of Glendale, Ariz., Global Spectrum and World Wrestling Entertainment announced that the University of Phoenix Stadium will host WrestleMania XXVI on Sunday, March 28, 2010.

February 24, 2009

WWE® Reports 2008 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

STAMFORD, Conn., February 24, 2009 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008. Revenues totaled $125.4 million as compared to $132.6 million in the prior year quarter while operating income was $23.3 million as compared to $24.7 million in the prior year quarter. Net income was $13.6 million, or $0.18 per share (diluted), as compared to $21.5 million, or $0.30 per share (diluted), in the prior year quarter.

February 23, 2009

WWE 15% Yield

STAMFORD, CT, February 23, 2009-World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced its 24th consecutive dividend payment at $0.36 per share on its Class A shares of common stock.

February 13, 2009

WWE Outperforms

STAMFORD, CT, February 13, 2009-World Wrestling Entertainment® (NYSE: WWE) stock outperformed both the broad market indices and other entertainment companies in terms of total return* for the calendar year 2008.  Specifically, WWE stock surpassed the S&P 500, Russell 2000, and the S&P Movies and Entertainment index by 31%, 25%, and 42% respectively.  A significant component of WWE’s relative performance is its $1.44 per share dividend to the Company’s public shareholders.  At the Company’s current price, this results in a dividend yield of 15.5%.

February 13, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend

STAMFORD, Conn., February 13, 2009 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) today declared the Company’s regular quarterly dividend of $0.36 per share on its Class A shares of common stock. As previously announced, members of the McMahon family have waived $0.12 per share of the dividends. As a result, all Class A and Class B shares owned by the McMahon family will instead receive dividends in the amount of $0.24 per share. The record date for the dividend will be March 13, 2009, and the payment date will be March 25, 2009.

February 11, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment® CFO George A. Barrios to Participate In The ROTH 21st Annual OC Growth Stock Conference

STAMFORD, Conn., February 11, 2009 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced today that its Chief Financial Officer, George A. Barrios, will participate in the ROTH 21st Annual OC Growth Stock Conference, on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, in Dana Point, CA.

February 10, 2009

WWE Attractive Option

STAMFORD, Conn., February 10, 2009 - Today, WWE’s dividend yield reached 15.8%. Based on the Company’s strong balance sheet and its intensified focus on managing in a financially prudent and disciplined manner, WWE is confident it can sustain its dividend over the long-term.

February 10, 2009

WWE® MUSIC DEBUTS AS # 1 SOUNDTRACK

STAMFORD, CT -- February 10, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment®’s VOICES  WWE The Music, Vol. 9, debuted at number one on SoundScan’s Soundtrack Chart surpassing the soundtracks for Slumdog Millionaire, Notorious, Twilight, Mama Mia and High School Musical 3, among others.

February 9, 2009

WWE® SMACKDOWN®'S FUTURE?

STAMFORD, CT – February 9, 2009In light of today’s announcement by MyNetworkTV, World Wrestling Entertainment® officials are certain that SmackDown has a bright future.

February 9, 2009

WWE® NAMES NEW MARKETING LEADER

STAMFORD, Conn., February 9, 2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. has named Michelle D. Wilson as Executive Vice President, Marketing.  In her new role, Wilson will head WWE’s global marketing and integrated brand initiatives, including pay-per-view, advertising, promotions, research, creative services, and public and government relations.

February 4, 2009

WWE® RALLIES YOUTH COMMUNITY

STAMFORD, CT —February 5, 2009WWE is proud to announce WWE Community Champions, a program that celebrates youth who display outstanding community spirit. Selected youths will be featured in exclusive WWE videos to appear on WWE.com and WWEKids.com.

 

February 2, 2009

WWE®: Male Ratings Champ

STAMFORD, CT – February 2, 2009World Wrestling Entertainment®’s television programming is number one among males on all of broadcast television on Friday nights; number one among males on all of cable television on Monday Nights; and number one among male viewers on Sci-Fi.

 

February 2, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. To Report 2008 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

STAMFORD, CT., February 2, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) announced that it will report its 2008 fourth quarter and full year results on February 24, 2009, before the opening of the market.  Senior management will host a conference call beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results.

January 28, 2009

Eurosport and WWE® sign two-year exclusive programming deal

London, January 28 2009 - Eurosport and World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) have announced a distribution deal for two action-packed WWE programs. The two-year agreement will see Eurosport broadcast ‘This Week in WWE’ and ‘WWE Vintage Collection’ in all its European territories excluding the UK, delivering WWE programming to over 200 million viewers and 58 countries across the continent.

January 27, 2009

Voices: WWE The Music, Vol 9 To Be Released January 27

Los Angeles, CA. –  WWE and Columbia Records streets VOICES  WWE the Music Vol. 9, on January 27th and will feature never-before-available entrance music from WWE superstars Kane®, Randy Orton®, The Great Khali®, Vladimir Kozlov™, Umaga®, R-Truth™ and more - and WWE Divas Maryse™, Eve™ and Kelly Kelly™.

 

January 22, 2009

WWE’S ROYAL RUMBLE  TO SELL OUT

STAMFORD, CT – January 22, 2009Detroit, the home of this Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay per view, is one of the most depressed markets in the country. However, despite the recession, World Wrestling Entertainment®’s demand remains high as the Rumble at Joe Louis Arena is virtually sold out. For those that are not fortunate enough to attend the Royal Rumble, fans can watch the event on pay per view.

January 21, 2009

WWE® And Telefónica Launch Official Website In Spain

London, January 2009 Telecommunications giant Telefónica and World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) have jointly launched the official WWE local language website in Spain this month. The Spanish site can be found at: www.wwe.es.

January 13, 2009

“Stone Cold" Steve Austin™ To Be In WWE® Hall Of Fame

STAMFORD, CONN., January 13, 2009 – World Wrestling Entertainment® announced today that the most popular Superstar in the history of the WWE, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, will be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on April 4th at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas during the weekend of the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.

 

January 9, 2009

WWE Reduces Staff by 10%

STAMFORD, CT– January 9, 2009World Wrestling Entertainment® today announced a 10% reduction of its staff across all areas of its global operations.  This reduction will result in annual savings of approximately $8 Million in compensation and benefit costs.   Additionally, the Company will incur an approximate $3 Million one-time restructuring charge in the first quarter of 2009.

January 6, 2009

WWE®’s ECW Ignites mun2

Universal City, January 6, 2009 mun2 announces it will rebroadcast World Wrestling Entertainment®’s, ECW series, on Friday nights starting January 9th at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 

January 6, 2009

WWE® RAW® Launches On Denmark's 6’EREN

London, January 6, 2009 - World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) and SBS TV have announced a new agreement which will see RAW available exclusively on Denmark’s new channel 6’eren.

January 5, 2009

WWE and Unanimis Tag Team UK Advertising Market

London, January 5, 2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) has tagged Internet advertising specialist Unanimis to manage its rapidly growing UK online advertising efforts. Unanimis will also spearhead online sponsorship deals and integrated opportunities on behalf of WWE.

January 5, 2009

WGN America Enters WWE Ring With WWE Superstars

NEW YORK, NY and STAMFORD, CT, January 5, 2009--WGN America and World Wrestling Entertainment® (NYSE: WWE) enter the ring with a new television partnership.  WWE Superstars, a first run, original program will air exclusively on WGN America, Tribune Broadcasting’s national Superstation.

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