The WWE is known worldwide as the most prominent professional wrestling organization, acting as a pioneer in the sport when it first got started. Famous wrestlers such as the Undertaker, John Cena and the Rock participated in matches that will forever have a place in history. WWE tour events include weekly matches on WWE Live!, WWE RAW and WWE Smackdown, while championship fights take place throughout the year. When you step into an arena featuring one of these competitions, you immediately feel the excitement and energy in the air.
The WWE went through many name changes over its long history, but it always remained dedicated to improving professional wrestling and guiding its path. The first incarnation, called Capitol Wrestling Corporation, started in 1952 and then joined the National Wrestling Alliance. By 1963, the Corporation split off to act independently, and took on the name World Wide Wrestling Federation. It took a few name changes and several decades to become the WWE.
Several distinct eras exist in WWE history, influenced by the wrestling personalities involved with the events, the culture of the time, and the breakout storylines that drew people's attention. The Golden Era of the WWE ran from the early '80s to the early '90s. The owner of the WWE, Vince McMahon, wanted to change a highly segmented, regional sports landscape into a nationwide one. Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Jesse Ventura and Mr. Wonderful were a few of the all-star wrestling cast assembled. WWE achieved the national goal by pioneering WrestleMania, marketed as the Super Bowl of professional wrestling.
WWE's biggest events
WrestleMania is the most well-known of WWE's events. Every year, the top wrestlers in this organization come together to find out who is the best. Many types of matches make up WrestleMania, from world championships matches to tag teams and free-for-all brawls.
WWE Raw is a weekly Monday night event that features a variety of entertainment, storylines and matches. Both well-known and new wrestlers go into the ring to test their strength, creativity and craftiness against each other. WWE Raw got its name from the fact that it was the first professional wrestling show that aired live, without editing.
WWE Smackdown started out in a weekly Thursday night slot, but adjusted over time. Like Raw, Smackdown has many exciting matches. It uses its own roster of wrestlers, although you frequently see a crossover between the two weekly shows.
"Hell in a Cell" puts two wrestlers together in a five-ton metal cage that surrounds the ring. Many fans love this event because there are no disqualifications, and the only way the round ends is when someone is in a pinfall or taps out on a submission hold. Due to the rules for this match, you see many tactics not commonly used in other WWE shows. In some cases, a championship or another high-stakes reward is on the line for the wrestlers.