With about 36 million viewers in more than 150 countries, WWE is the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world. Founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1952, WWE has become a staple in the American pop culture. As with any successful establishment, the WWE has some major events in it’s history that has helped shape and guide the company throughout the years. Here, we present to you 25 of the most crucial events in WWE history that has helped define a wrestling juggernaut.
Withdrawal from the National Wrestling Alliance (1963)
In protest of the January 24, 1963 match between “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers and Lou Thesz; Joseph Raymond “Toots” Mondt and Vince McMahon Sr. seceded from the National Wrestling Alliance and renamed the Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC) to the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF).
The apocryphal tournament in Rio de Janeiro (1963)
In April of 1963, the newly formed WWWF World Championship title was awarded to “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers in a fictitious storyline victory over Antonino Rocca created by Toots Mondt.
Bruno Sammartino's Reign (1963)
Bruno Sammartino defeated Buddy Rogers one month after Rogers received the WWWF World Championship title thus stripping Rogers of the title. Sammartino would go on to retain the title for seven years, eight months, and one day; the longest continuous world title reign in men’s wrestling history.
WWWF Renamed to WWF (1979)
Affiliated with the NWA once again the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) was renamed to World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1979 for marketing purposes.
Definitive Secession from the NWA (1983)
However, after purchasing Capitol Sports, the WWF aimed at becoming a national wrestling promotion. Unfortunately, this goal went counter to the desires of the NWA which led to the WWF’s definitive termination of its alliance with the NWA in 1983.