The live viewership numbers for both AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT are in.

[93] On August 16, 2017, WWE and Nine Network announced a broadcast agreement to air weekly one-hour versions of Raw and SmackDown. Shop WWE T-shirts and wrestling tees for men at the official WWE Shop. SmackDown also drew an average of a 0.60 rating in the 18-49 demographic.... As seen on this week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown in Orlando, Florida at the Amway Center on FOX, Roman Reigns successfully retained the... Paul Davis of WrestlingNews.co reports that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is hoping to have Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch not only back by WrestleMania... James Storm posted a picture on Twitter after doing a training session with Ronda Rousey and her husband, Travis Browne. [157], Starting in 2014, numerous former WWE talent filed multiple lawsuits against WWE alleging that WWE did not protect and hid information from their talent about concussions and CTE. During this period, the WWF promoted wrestlers of a younger age comprising "The New Generation", featuring Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon, Bret Hart, and The Undertaker, in an effort to promote new talent into the spotlight.

There were maybe 30 of these tiny kingdoms in the U.S. and if I hadn't bought out my dad, there would still be 30 of them, fragmented and struggling.

[152] In January 2006, Warrior filed another lawsuit against WWE in an Arizona court over the depiction of his wrestling career in The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD. The last televised event to market the WWF logo was the UK-based pay-per-view Insurrextion 2002. WWE Universe (WWE Fan Nation): a social media website managed and operated by WWE.

[68][69] WrestleMania, as well as Raw and SmackDown for a period before and after WrestleMania, shifted from live broadcasts to a pre-recorded format. The cruise ran from 1996 to 1999.

[110] Under the guidelines of the policy, talent is also tested annually for pre-existing or developing cardiac issues. The former talent claimed physical and mental health issues as a result physical trauma they experience in WWE.

[108] The independent testing was ceased in 1996, being deemed too expensive as the company was going through financial duress at the time as a result of their competitors, World Championship Wrestling, being so overwhelmingly more popular and hurting the federation's business. AOL Time Warner, the then-parent company of WCW, cancelled WCW's television shows in March 2001 and sold the company assets to the WWF. The assets of ECW, which had folded after filing for bankruptcy protection in April 2001, were purchased by WWE in mid-2003. A wrestler is designated a "WWE Superstar", while retired wrestlers are described as "WWE Legends" (or "Hall of Famers" if they have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame). These working relationships led to the creations of the WWF World Martial Arts, Light Heavyweight and Intercontinental Tag Team championships. After Time Warner merged with AOL, Ted Turner's control over WCW was considerably reduced, and the newly merged company announced a complete lack of interest in professional wrestling as a whole and decided to sell WCW in its entirety. [143] In addition, the F in WWF initials are no longer censored when spoken or when written in plain text in archival footage. [29] A rematch of the WrestleMania III main event between WWF champion Hulk Hogan and André the Giant took place on The Main Event I in 1988 and was seen by 33 million people, the most-watched wrestling match in North American television history. The cause of death was later revealed to be internal bleeding from blunt force trauma. moved back to USA Network (now owned by NBCUniversal) and maintains its relationship to this day. Other wrestlers joined the roster, such as Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Junkyard Dog, Paul Orndorff, Greg Valentine, and Ricky Steamboat. [85] On November 17, 2016, WWE and Sky Deutschland signed a multi-year agreement to distribute WWE's premier pay-per-view events and broadcast Raw and SmackDown Live on SKY Sports starting in April 2017. Looking to seal the deal quickly, McMahon Jr. took several loans and deals with other promoters and the business partners (including the promise of a job for life) in order to take full ownership by May or June 1983 for an estimated total of roughly $1 million with the three business partners receiving roughly $815,000 among them and Vincent J McMahon receiving roughly $185,000. This helped drive many WWF wrestlers over to rival promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW), including 1980s babyface hero Hulk Hogan. On May 26, 2006, WWE announced the relaunch of ECW as a third WWE brand.