This documentary deals with “World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.” (WWE) which is since 2002 an American publicly traded, privately controlled entertainment company that engages primarily in professional wrestling.
Their major revenue sources are also coming from film, music, product licensing and direct product sales. It founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1952 as “Capitol Wrestling Corporation”. As of 2014, it is the largest wrestling promotion in the world, holding approximately 320 televised and non-televised events a year, and broadcasting to about 36 million viewers in more than 150 countries. The company’s headquarters are located in Stamford, Connecticut, with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Munich, Mumbai, and Mexico City.
The Horrible Truth Behind Professional Wrestling
As with other professional wrestling promotions, WWE shows are not legitimate sporting contests, but purely entertainment-based, featuring storyline-driven, scripted, and choreographed matches.
They often include moves that can put performers at risk of injury if not performed correctly. WWE first publicly acknowledged this in 1981, breaking the gentlemen’s agreement that previously existed among promoters. Since the 1980s, WWE publicly branded their product as sports entertainment, which is considered to acknowledge the product’s roots in competitive sport and dramatic theater.