A Brief History on the WWE
The WWF (World Wrestling Federation) was founded in 1963 in controversial circumstances. After the undisputed Heavyweight Champion Thez lost a match under disqualification, the NWA rules stated that the title does not change hands on a DQ and in this case Thez also had a back injury so it would have been unfair to take the title off the man that had unified so many titles in Wrestling. But the WWWF (as it was then known) took this opportunity and formed there own company with Buddy Rogers as their champion. (Many other organisations did the same.) The NWA still recognised Thez and the WWF was born. Since this date the WWF has been the world leaders in Pro Wrestling and is seen to hold the real World Heavyweight Title, especially after its own title was unified with the WCW title after WWF bought WCW. They changed their name in May 2002 from WWF to WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), in a statement from Linda McMahon she explained it was due to the worldwide growth of the WWF. In reality the WWF had lost a court case in the UK and had lost the rights to use the initials and logo in the United Kingdom and so where forced to change their name.
World Wrestling Entertainment has gone through a huge change since acquiring WCW and eliminating all competition in the United States wrestling industry. Since this period wrestling has gone through a difficult time.
On 18th March 2002 Linda McMahon announced the WWF/WWE brand extension. Its main TV programs RAW and SMACKDOWN! became brand names, they have their own roster (that was initially selected through a draft.) who work exclusively for their own brand. Only coming together on occasional PPV shows.
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