In the world of professional wrestling, it’s important to know your history in order to understand where you’re going. But what happens when the past is forgotten? For those of you who don’t know much about World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), we’ll give you a brief rundown of everything you need to know. WWE stands for its original name, as well as its current one – World Wrestling Entertainment. It is the largest professional wrestling promotion company in the world. Within this article, we will be explaining everything that has led up to today and how WWE has currently fallen from grace.
What Happened To WWE?
WWE has had some major shakeups in the past year. Vince McMahon lost control of the company to his daughter, Stephanie McMahon, and her husband, WWE executive Paul Levesque (aka Triple H). There have been massive budget cuts, which led to the firing of most of WWE’s developmental talent. The wrestling-related podcasts on WWE’s platforms were also suddenly taken off air in response to the forming of a new marketing group within the company, which does not appreciate independent voices. All of this has led to a great deal of unease among longtime WWE fans.
A Brief History Of WWE
1. WWE’s Beginnings
WWE was founded in 1952 by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt. It was originally known as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation. The company was founded with the purpose of promoting wrestling shows in Madison Square Garden, a venue where professional wrestling was illegal at the time. In 1963, the company changed its name to World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). In 1971, Vince McMahon Sr. purchased the company from his father for $2 million. He changed its name to World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1979. At this point, it had offices in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and had been bought by different investors over time.
2. The 1980s
WWE’s first big success came in 1980 when Hulk Hogan won his first WWF Championship belt at WrestleMania 2. He would later go on to win many other championships throughout the 1980s before finally winning his last one at WrestleMania VI against “Macho Man” Randy Savage. The 1980s also saw the beginning of Hulk Hogan’s heel turn, when he began to play a villainous character. This would continue for the rest of Hogan’s career in the company, with him later being booked as an overall bad guy, which is what he is best known for today.
3. The 1990s
Throughout the 1990s, WWE was one of the most popular wrestling promotions in the world and was one of the few that had widespread success all over North America, Europe, and Japan. In 1991, WWE was bought by media company Titan Sports Inc., which changed its name to World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc., or simply Titan Sports in 1993. At this point, it had offices in Stamford and New York City. It also had a television deal with USA Network in 1995 and aired its shows on Saturday nights on USA Network from 1995 to 2000 (except 1997).
4. The 2000s
The 2000s saw a decline in popularity for WWE. This was due to several reasons – firstly, they were airing on more channels than ever before; secondly, they were having matches on non-WWE shows; and thirdly, they were becoming more violent than ever before. However, in 2006 WWE won the right to air on TV again after an eight-year absence.
The Monday Night Wars
- In the 2000s, WWE began to face major problems with the Attitude Era which saw many young fans turning away from professional wrestling as a whole due to what they believed was inappropriate content being pushed by the company through its TV shows and storylines. From that point onwards, there were fewer viewers watching WWE than ever before and many people began to question whether or not they should continue watching professional wrestling or not – something that has been debated ever since.
- After years of declining ratings and a lack internationally. The 1990s also saw the rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin, who went on to become one of the biggest stars in the company. He would go on to win a total of six championships during his career, including a record-breaking five world championships.
- The 2000s were dominated by Triple H, who was one of the main faces in WWE at this time. He won three world titles during his career, including two consecutive world title reigns that lasted for over a year each (2000 and 2001). In 2002, he became the first wrestler ever to win both the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring tournaments at WrestleMania. In 2005, he became co-owner of WWE along with Linda McMahon. This was later changed in 2006 when Vince McMahon bought out Linda’s shares and took control himself again (although Linda has retained her position as CEO).
- In 2010, Vince McMahon announced that he had. Hulk Hogan was still the company’s biggest star, with his popularity being cemented by his feuds with The Ultimate Warrior, who would later go on to become WWE’s biggest star of the decade. Some of the other popular wrestlers in this era were The Rock, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
- Throughout the 2000s, WWE had many more superstars that became stars in the company. All of them were popular with fans and had many memorable feuds throughout their careers. We will be going into more detail about all these superstars throughout this article. Popular superstars during this period included Chris Jericho, Batista, Triple H and John Cena. Triple H became a very successful wrestler after joining WWE in 1995 and went on to become one of its top stars until he left the company years later (more on him later).
- This was largely due to the fact that they had some of the best matches in the industry. One of the biggest stars during this decade was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. He would go on to win titles such as the WWF Championship, Intercontinental Championship, and Tag Team Championship throughout his career. He would later become one of WWE’s most popular wrestlers and one of the company’s most famous stars.
- Throughout this decade, WWE has seen a decline in popularity due to a number of factors. One of these factors is wrestling promotions have better television shows than WWE does, which has led to more fans watching them than WWE itself. Another factor is that there have been no major stars for WWE for several years now, with their last few top stars being John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. This has led to fans becoming frustrated with their lack of quality matches and personalities,
From Mania To Smackdown And Back Again
- The 2000s saw the rise of stars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, who became one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE history with his “Stone Cold” character. Other big stars from this time period include The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), Triple H (Paul Levesque), and John Cena (John Michael Hayes). They all helped make WWE one of the most popular promotions during that period.
- As we all know, when there is a star as big as John Cena or The Rock, it doesn’t take much for them to fade away from prominence over time in the eyes of fans. This is what happened to both men during their later years in WWE – with Cena leaving after his contract expired in international markets. The company was a major player in the Monday Night Wars between 1990 and 1991. This is when WCW and WWE’s rivalries really heated up, with both promotions competing for ratings against each other on Monday nights.
- The 2000s saw WWE reach its peak of popularity in the world of professional wrestling. The company had a number of superstars, including John Cena, Randy Orton, Triple H, and Edge among others who became some of the industry’s biggest stars during this time period. It also saw the rise of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as one of WWE’s top stars. He would go on to become one of their most popular stars ever, which led to him being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame back in 2005.
- WWE saw its downfall in the 2010s as it had been struggling with declining ratings and declining revenue since 2011. They had many superstars in the company and were able to bring in huge crowds to their shows. The company also managed to hold a successful pay-per-view, known as Survivor Series, which was hosted at Madison Square Garden.
- The 2000s saw a decline in WWE’s popularity, with the company being unable to match the success of the previous decade. This was largely due to many scandals that took place within the business of professional wrestling, including steroid usage among wrestlers and backstage brawls. As well as this, there were scandals that happened with wrestlers cheating on their wives/girlfriends and having affairs with other wrestlers backstage. This led to many fans turning away from the product and not wanting to watch it anymore.
The Rise Of The NXT Brand
- The company’s biggest draw was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, who would go on to become one of the biggest stars in wrestling history. Other popular wrestlers included Mr. McMahon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who both became main event stars throughout the decade.
- In the early 2000s, WWE began to lose its popularity due to a declining economy and other factors. Vince McMahon Sr., who was an executive at the company at the time, died in 2002 after having a heart attack while attending a taping of Raw in Los Angeles. After his death, Linda McMahon took over as CEO of the company, and Vince Mcmahon Jr., his son, became president of WWE. In 2005, WWE lost $38 million due to investments gone wrong. They have since recovered from this but still continue to lose money at times due to bad investments and other factors.
- in countries outside the United States. It was during this time that WWE established its own television network, which would later go on to become the most successful wrestling network in the world. In 1991, WWE also started producing its own shows and movies, which led to it being one of the first wrestling promotions to break into television.
- WWE’s biggest success story of all time came in 2000 when WWE purchased WCW for $ billion. This purchase ended up being a huge financial failure for both companies as WCW’s ratings tanked and WWE was left with a huge debt from buying WCW. However, despite this, WWE continued to grow as an organization and has continued to be one of the most popular sports entertainment companies in the world today.
- In 2010, after more than a decade of being owned by Vince McMahon Sr., his son Vincent K. McMahon bought control of WWE back from him for $ worldwide. It was also the first time that a wrestling promotion had ever become a publicly traded company on the stock exchange. The 1990s also saw the beginning of Hulk Hogan’s second heel turn, when he began to play a villainous character once again. This time, however, it was against his own fans.
- The 1990s were also a big period for WWE in terms of character development and storylines as well as storylines and characters being written for different wrestlers. The Attitude Era was built around two main event stars – Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock (Dwayne Johnson). It would be during this period that WWE would first introduce the concept of “The Rock n Roll Express”, which later became known as “The Nation of Domination” and “The Corporation”, which later became known as “The Authority”.
Wrestling is an interesting industry. It has a history that goes back decades and still has a large following. However, WWE’s recent history is one of decline. They have seen a drop in ratings, a decrease in revenue, and all-around less interest in their product. This is a sign that WWE’s recent history is not something to be proud of. This article has explained everything you need to know about WWE’s recent history. Now, it’s your turn to decide if this is something you want to continue to be a part of.