In 1972, McMahon joined his father's company, Capitol Wrestling Corporation, on a full-time basis. By 1979, the company had syndicated programming to 30 television stations. In 1982, he purchased the Capitol Wrestling Corporation from his father and decided to take what had been a regional operation and turn it into a national venture.
McMahon soon became a pioneer in the cable television industry by leveraging the new technologies of pay-per-view and closed-circuit television for the first WrestleMania. Now, not only had he built a brand that people would watch in syndication, he had built the WWE into a brand that people would pay to watch. WrestleMania III in 1987 attracted 93,173 fans to the Pontiac Silverdome, setting an indoor attendance record that still stands. In April 2000, more than a million fans purchased WrestleMania X-6, at the time making it the most watched non-boxing event in pay-per-view history. WrestleMania has achieved the one million buys level four more times since then. In fiscal year 2006, approximately six million households purchased WWE pay-per-view events, making the company the largest pay-per-view event programming provider in the world.
Today, WWE produces original weekly programming, 52 weeks a year, distributed domestically, internationally and via WWE.com. Domestic cable and broadcast programs include Monday Night RAW and A.M. Raw on USA Network and Friday Night SmackDown on the new CW Network. WWE recently introduced ECWÂ (Extreme Championship Wrestling) as a complimentary brand to Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown. It can be seen Tuesday nights on the Sci Fi Channel. WWE programs reach more than 14 million viewers during the average week. WWE's television programming is sold in 130 countries around the world. Each year more than 7,500 hours of WWE programming is broadcast in 18 languages throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America.
As the television audience has grown exponentially, so has the live event audience. In fiscal year 2006, WWE performed 300 live events, including 52 international events, entertaining more than 1.7 million fans around the world.
Under McMahon's leadership, the company continues to grow. The company trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WWE. WWE has started WWE Films, which will produce and fully finance two to four motion pictures a year, and is making inroads into digital media platforms with new video on demand, broadband and mobile services.
Vince McMahon Facts
|Birth Name||Vincent Kennedy McMahon|
|Birthday||August 24, 1945 (74)|
|Birthplace||Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA|
|Height||6' 2" (1m88) How tall is Vince McMahon compared to you?|
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