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Encyclopedia > WWE Brand Extension

The World Wrestling Entertainment Brand Extension was a device first used in 2002 by said professional wrestling organization as a means of providing separate brands of wrestling through its two top shows, RAW and SmackDown!, with the addition of ECW in 2006.[1][2] Image File history File links Derived from public domain images featured at: http://commons. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... For the video game series based on the show, see WWE SmackDown! (video game series). ... This article is about the WWE brand. ...

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History

After acquiring the remains of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), its main competitor throughout the 1990s, in March 2001, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) sought a way to split itself into two separate promotions, because of the numbers of talent that it had acquired as part of its purchase.[citation needed] On March 18, 2002, Linda McMahon announced the "brand extension" in which the company would be split into two distinct brands. For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... March 2001 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December March 3 - A U.S. Air Force Materials Command C-23 Sherpa transport crashes during stormy weather in the U.S. state of Georgia, killing 21. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Linda Marie Edwards-McMahon (born October 4, 1948 in New Bern, North Carolina) is the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...


In terms of storyline, Ric Flair had become fifty percent owner of the WWF following Survivor Series 2001 after Shane and Stephanie McMahon had sold their stocks to him in order to purchase WCW and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), respectively. Vince McMahon detested having to share his creation with Flair and looked for a way to dissolve their partnership. After entering a feud with The Undertaker, Flair sought a match with him at WrestleMania X8. However, the WWF Board of Directors would only allow the match if Flair were to return one hundred percent control to McMahon. Flair agreed, however, the Board also reserved the right to review the ownership status of the WWF following WrestleMania. Their decision was to split the entire WWF roster into two separate entities, with Vince McMahon in command of SmackDown! and Ric Flair in command of RAW.[3] A draft was held the following week on RAW. Each owner would get a total of thirty picks.[4] The brand extension officially began on April 1, 2002.[1] By having two brands in place, the WWF was able to increase the number of live events held each year from 200 to 350, including tours in several new international markets.[1] Richard Morgan Fliehr[2] (born on February 25, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota[2]) better known by his ring name Ric Flair , is a legendary American professional wrestler of iconic staus signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its SmackDown! brand. ... Survivor Series 2001 was the fifteenth annual Survivor Series pay-per-view professional wrestling event for the World Wrestling Federation. ... Shane Brandon McMahon[3][2] (born January 15, 1970)[1] is an American executive and part-time professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... Stephanie Marie McMahon-Levesque[1] (born September 24, 1976) better known by her maiden name Stephanie McMahon, is World Wrestling Entertainments Executive Vice President of Talent and Creative Writing. ... This article is about the independent promotion from 1992-2001. ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... For the Combichrist song, see Everybody Hates You Mark Calaway (born March 24, 1965[2][3]) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name The Undertaker. ... This article is about the professional wrestling pay-per-view event. ... For the video game series based on the show, see WWE SmackDown! (video game series). ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


On June 10, 2002, McMahon became the sole owner of World Wrestling Entertainment (after the WWF was court ordered to change their name) when he defeated Flair in a No-Holds-Barred match. is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling promotion, currently the largest in North America. ...


Impact

Interbrand competition

Interbrand competition was originally kept at a minimum. The only time wrestlers from both brands competed together was during pay-per-views. In 2003, the majority of the pay-per-views became brand exclusive, leaving the "big four" pay-per-views (WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, and the Royal Rumble) as the only interbrand shows. Interbrand matches were even more rare. Most of these matches were a part of the SmackDown! vs. RAW rivalry. Official WrestleMania logo WrestleMania is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment since 1985. ... Official SummerSlam logo as of 2006 SummerSlam is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event held in August by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Official Survivor Series logo. ... This article is about the professional wrestling pay-per-view event. ...


Starting in late 2006, in an attempt to add more star power to the shows, interbrand matches became more common. Most notably, MNM and The Hardys reformed, despite the fact that the teammates were on separate brands. Bobby Lashley is also notable for his interbrand action. The return of Saturday Night's Main Event to NBC has also lead to more interaction between the brands MNM was a professional wrestling stable in World Wrestling Entertainment that consisted of Joey Mercury (previously Joey Matthews), Johnny Nitro, and manager/valet Melina Perez. ... The Hardy Boyz (also known as the The Hardys and Team Xtreme) is a professional wrestling tag team in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that consists of real life brothers Matt and Jeff Hardy. ... Franklin Roberto Bobby Lashley (born July 16, 1976)[2] is an American professional wrestler and former Collegiate amateur wrestler. ... Saturday Nights Main Event is a professional wrestling television program that aired occasionally from 1985 to 1991, under the World Wrestling Federation banner on NBC in place of Saturday Night Live. ... This article is about the television network. ...


Starting in April 2007 with Backlash, all pay-per-views now feature all the brands, as they originally were in 2002. April 2007 is the fourth month of the year. ... Backlash is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment, which started in 1999 and is held normally in April (with the exception of 2005). ...


Pay-per-views

The separation of the WWE roster between two brands also intended to split the pay-per-view offerings, which began with Bad Blood in June 2003. The original idea had the "major" pay-per-view events at the time (Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, and WrestleMania) would contain the only instances where wrestlers from different brands would interact with each other, and even among the four shows only the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania would have wrestlers from different brands competing against each other. Wrestlers, as a result, appeared only in two-thirds of the shows in a given year, and thus appeared in fewer shows compared to before the brand extension. With single-brand PPVs in place, WWE was able to add more pay-per-view events to their offerings, such as Taboo Tuesday/Cyber Sunday, New Year's Revolution, December to Dismember, and The Great American Bash. Eventually, WWE abandoned the practice of single-brand pay-per-view events following WrestleMania 23.[5] and December to Dismember and New Year's Revolution were cancelled following the announcement. Pay-per-view is the name given to a system by which television viewers can call and order events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ... WWE Bad Blood (originally Badd Blood) was a World Wrestling Federation professional wrestling pay-per-view event that was held in 1997, 2003, and 2004 typically in the month of June. ... June 2003 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December Events June 1, 2003 The Group of Eight summit opens in Evian, France to tight security and tens of thousands of protestors. ... Cyber Sunday is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... This is about the traditional pay-per-view event, for the project rocket album, see New Years Revolution (album). ... December to Dismember was a professional wrestling event first held by the original Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in 1995 as a regular event and not a pay-per-view (PPV). ... This article is about the professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... WrestleMania 23 was the twenty-third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ...


Championships

Initially, the WWE Undisputed Championship and WWE Women's Championship were available to both brands. The other championships were exclusive to the brand the champion was a part of. With several specialty championships being exclusive to one brand, numerous wrestlers were left with no title to fight for. The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Womens Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


This issue was corrected in September 2002 when the Undisputed Championship became the WWE Championship again and was moved to SmackDown! while Eric Bischoff created the World Heavyweight Championship for RAW. Shortly thereafter, SmackDown! created their own Tag Team Championship, revived the United States Championship, and became the exclusive home of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Meanwhile RAW became the exclusive brand for WWE's original World Tag Team Championship, the WWE Intercontinental Championship, and the WWE Women's Championship. The end result was each brand having four championships. When ECW was revived in 2006, the ECW Championship was re-established and is thus far that brand's sole title. Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27, 1955[1]), is a former professional wrestling booker and on-screen personality, most known for serving as President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later General Manager of World Wrestling Entertainments RAW brand. ... The World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... This article is about the tag team championship that is currently defended on the SmackDown! brand of WWE. For the original WWE Tag Team Championship that is currently defended on the RAW brand, see World Tag Team Championship (WWE). ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Cruiserweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... This article is about the tag team championship that is currently defended on the RAW brand of WWE. For SmackDown!s tag team championship, see WWE Tag Team Championship. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Womens Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... The Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c WWE Entertainment To Make RAW and SMACKDOWN Distinct Television Brands.
  2. ^ WWE Launches ECW As Third Brand.
  3. ^ Michael McAvennie. "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition", Pocket Books, 2003, pp. 99 & 100. (English) 
  4. ^ Michael McAvennie. "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition", Pocket Books, 2003, pp. 102. (English) 
  5. ^ WWE Pay-Per-Views To Follow WrestleMania Formula.

See also

World Wrestling Entertainment
History
Black SaturdayMonday Night WarsMontreal ScrewjobThe InvasionBrand ExtensionWWE Video Library
Programming
RawSmackDown!ECW
Current programming • Former programming • Pay-per-views
Developmental territories
Ohio Valley WrestlingFlorida Championship Wrestling
Former and defunct developmental territories
Deep South WrestlingHeartland Wrestling AssociationInternational Wrestling AssociationMemphis Championship Wrestling
Subsidiaries
WWE FilmsWWE Niagara FallsWWE Records • WWE Video Games • WWE Home VideoWWE Books
Defunct subsidiaries
Coliseum VideoWorld Bodybuilding FederationThe WorldXFL
Other wrestling organizations acquired
World Championship Wrestling (history) • Extreme Championship Wrestling
Talent
Current rosterWWE DivasAlumniHall of Fame (inductees) • Diva SearchTough EnoughWWE Draft

List of current champions in WWE It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with WWE Brand Extension. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This is the history of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), a sports entertainment/professional wrestling promotion. ... Black Saturday is the name given by wrestling fans on July 14, 1984, when Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation took over the Saturday night time slots on WTBS that had been home to Georgia Championship Wrestling. ... The term Monday Night Wars pertains to the period of American professional wrestling from September 4, 1995, to March 26, 2001. ... The screwjob - Earl Hebner calls for the bell as Shawn Michaels holds Bret Hart in the Sharpshooter. ... The InVasion was a professional wrestling storyline in the World Wrestling Federation that began shortly after the WWFs purchase of World Championship Wrestling. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... // World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has a wide range of shows all over the world, including television, films, online, video on demand and pay-per-views. ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... For the video game series based on the show, see WWE SmackDown! (video game series). ... This article is about the WWE brand. ... Each month, World Wrestling Entertainment holds one or two annual pay-per-view events. ... Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Deep South Wrestling, or DSW for short, is a professional wrestling promotion located in the south U.S. and features some wrestlers from the 1980s, 1990s and present time wrestlers. ... The Heartland Wrestling Association is a Midwestern independent professional wrestling promotion based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... International Wrestling Associations logo The International Wrestling Association (IWA) is a wrestling promotion in Puerto Rico. ... Memphis Championship Wrestling (MCW) was a professional wrestling promotion ran by Terry Golden, based in Memphis, Tennesse. ... WWE Films is a subsidiary of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... WWE Niagara Falls is a retail establishment that is located in Niagara Falls, Ontario and owned by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... WWE Records is a record label funded and operated by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... WWE Books is a subsidiary of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... WBF Logo The World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF) was a bodybuilding organization founded in 1990 by Vince McMahon that lasted until 1992. ... The World was a WWE-themed restaurant in Times Square in New York City on the corner of Broadway and 43rd Street. ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... The WCW logo from 1999 to 2001. ... This article is about the independent promotion from 1992-2001. ... // This is a list of people employed by and/or contracted to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), including its developmental territories Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) and Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). ... Victoria, who has been in WWE since 2000 but made her debut on the main roster in 2002, is a two time Women’s Champion Diva is a term used by the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to refer to its female talent. ... // This is a list of professional wrestlers, managers and other workers that were employed in World Wrestling Entertainment from: 1952–1963 (as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation) 1963–1979 (as the World Wide Wrestling Federation) 1979–2002 (as the World Wrestling Federation) 2002–present time (as World Wrestling Entertainment) This list... WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ... This is a list of members of the WWE Hall of Fame. ... The official logo of the 2007 WWE Diva Search. ... WWE Tough Enough (originally known as WWF Tough Enough) was a reality television show produced by World Wrestling Entertainment and Music Television wherein a selection of hopefuls competed for a contract with the WWF (and later WWE). ... The logo for the 2007 WWE Draft The World Wrestling Entertainment Brand Extension was a device first used in 2002 by the professional wrestling organization as a means of providing separate brands of wrestling through its two top shows, RAW and SmackDown!, with the addition of ECW in 2006. ... Randy Orton is currently in his second reign as WWE Champion. ...

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