It's Official: WWE Has Been Acquired By Endeavor And Is Now Part Of TKO Group Holdings Alongside UFC

It's Official: WWE Has Been Acquired By Endeavor And Is Now Part Of TKO Group Holdings Alongside UFC It's Official: WWE Has Been Acquired By Endeavor And Is Now Part Of TKO Group Holdings Alongside UFC

The deal is done and after a multi-billion dollar acquisition, WWE is now owned by Endeavor and part of a newly formed company called TKO Group Holdings alongside the UFC. You can find more details here...

By JoshWilding - Sep 12, 2023 10:09 AM EST
Filed Under: WWE

Endeavor has announced today that it has closed its deal to acquire WWE, creating a new "Premium Sports and Entertainment Company" called TKO Group Holdings encompassing both WWE and UFC. 

It began trading today on the New York Stock Exchange under the "TKO" ticker symbol and this marks the first time in decades that Vince McMahon has not been the majority owner of WWE. He is, however, expected to remain in his role as Chairman despite recent controversies. 

Whether that will change and what, if any, impact this has on WWE's weekly TV shows moving forward remains to be seen. If nothing else, we're expecting "UFC" to no longer be a dirty word given Vince's dislike of real combat sports. 

Here's the full press release:

Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc. and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. today announced the close of their previously announced agreement and the launch of TKO Group Holdings, Inc.

TKO brings together UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, and WWE, an integrated media organization and the recognized global leader in sports entertainment, to create a new premium sports and entertainment company serving more than one billion young and diverse fans1, reaching viewers in 180 countries, and producing more than 350 annual live events. Through this combination, TKO will leverage Endeavor’s expertise in areas including domestic and international media rights, ticket sales and yield optimization, event operations, global partnerships, licensing, and premium hospitality to drive revenue growth.

"The creation of TKO marks an exciting new chapter for UFC and WWE as leaders in global sports and entertainment," said Ariel Emanuel, CEO of Endeavor and TKO. "Given their continued connectivity to the Endeavor network, we are confident in our ability to accelerate their respective growth and unlock long-term sustainable value for shareholders. With UFC and WWE under one roof, we will provide unrivaled experiences for more than a billion passionate fans worldwide."

"This is the culmination of a decades-long partnership between Endeavor and WWE across strategic initiatives including talent representation and media rights. Given our collaborative, trusted relationship and Endeavor’s incredible track record of success growing UFC, we believe WWE is optimally positioned for future growth and success as part of TKO," said Vince McMahon, Executive Chairman of TKO. "Our focus remains on delivering for our fans across the globe as we take the business to the next level alongside UFC and Endeavor."

TKO will begin trading today on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "TKO," with Endeavor holding a 51% controlling interest in the new company and existing WWE shareholders holding a 49% interest in the new company, on a fully diluted basis.

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