WWE timeline

From regional to global stalwart

1979

Capitol Wrestling grows, providing syndicated programming to 30 television stations.

1982

Titan Sports purchases Capitol Wrestling, the company founded by Vince McMahon’s father. Wrestling is still regarded as a regional enterprise, but with the purchase of Capitol, Titan has the opportunity to give the company that would become World Wrestling Entertainment much greater geographic coverage and position as entertainment, not sport. 

1984

Launch of World Wrestling Federation Victory magazine.

1985

McMahon leverages the new technologies of pay- per-view and closed-circuit TV for the first WrestleMania from Madison Square Garden. The main event is a tag-team match between Hulk Hogan, Mr. T and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff and Cowboy Bob Orton.

1987

The heavily marketed WrestleMania III attracts 93,173 fans to the Pontiac Silverdome outside Detroit.

1997

WorldWrestlingFederation.com launches in June, later renamed WWE.com.

1999

World Wrestling Federation debuts as a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

2002

World Wrestling Federation officially becomes World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Later that year, more than 1 million viewers purchase WrestleMania X-6 on pay-per-view, making it the most watched non-boxing event in pay-per-view history at the time. 

2002

WWE Films is established and later renamed WWE Studios in July.

2006

Nearly 6 million households purchase WWE pay-per-view events, placing WWE among the largest pay-per-view event programming providers in the world.

2006

Extending into broadband, WWE launches WWE Mobile.

2007

WWE opens an office in Shanghai.

2008

Targeting fans ages 6-14, WWE launches WWE Kids magazine and the accompanying website, wwekids.com. Also, USA Network’s “Monday Night Raw” celebrates its 800th episode.

2009

WWE celebrates the 25th anniversary of Wrestle-Mania at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

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