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Ali in 1967

Muhammad Ali

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American professional boxer and activist.

American professional boxer and activist.

Ali in 1967
Cassius Clay and his trainer Joe E. Martin (1960)
1960 Olympians: Clay won gold against Zbigniew Pietrzykowski.
On-site poster for Cassius Clay's fifth professional bout
Ali watches replay of his 1966 title fight against Henry Cooper.
Ali vs. Frazier, promotional photo
President Jimmy Carter greets Ali at a White House dinner, 1977
Ali being interviewed by WBAL-TV's Curt Anderson, 1978, Baltimore, Maryland
Ali (seen in background) at an address by Elijah Muhammad in 1964
Ali attending a Saviours' Day celebration in 1974
Ali in an art gallery during his visit to Argentina in 1971
President Ronald Reagan with Ali in the Oval Office in 1983
Ali in 1997
Ali and Michael J. Fox testify before a Senate committee on providing government funding to combat Parkinson's.
Ali's headstone, with an inscription of his quote: "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room in heaven"
President George W. Bush embraces Ali after presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, during ceremonies at the White House
The Muhammad Ali Center, alongside Interstate 64 on Louisville, Kentucky's riverfront
Muhammad Ali pop art painting by John Stango

The company mainly handled Ali's boxing promotions and pay-per-view closed-circuit television broadcasts.

The standard WrestleMania logo; each event uses a variation of the logo to match the theme of that year's event

WrestleMania

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Professional wrestling live event held annually between mid-March and mid-April by WWE, the world's largest professional wrestling promotion.

Professional wrestling live event held annually between mid-March and mid-April by WWE, the world's largest professional wrestling promotion.

The standard WrestleMania logo; each event uses a variation of the logo to match the theme of that year's event
AT&T Stadium during WrestleMania 32.
Mr. T and Hulk Hogan at the first WrestleMania event; Mr. T returned for WrestleMania 2 while Hulk Hogan wrestled at the first nine events.
The Undertaker held the record for 21 victories in a row at WrestleMania.
The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 19 in their third and final WrestleMania encounter.
Shawn Michaels earned the moniker "Mr. WrestleMania".
The Rock is the only wrestler to face and defeat Hulk Hogan, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and John Cena at WrestleMania
WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium.
Famous rapper Bad Bunny played a key role at WrestleMania 37.

The event is shown through pay-per-view (PPV), and has also been available to livestream through the WWE Network since 2014 and Peacock since 2021.

WWE

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American professional wrestling promotion.

American professional wrestling promotion.

Vince McMahon, the owner, chairman and CEO of the WWE since 1982
Current WWE minority owners/front office executives/wrestlers Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon
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Raw and SmackDown have been WWE's two main brands since the brand extension concept was first initiated in 2002

The last televised event to market the WWF logo was the UK-based pay-per-view Insurrextion 2002.

Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin, main event of UFC 131 in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2011

Mixed martial arts

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Full-contact combat sport based on striking, grappling and ground fighting, incorporating techniques from various combat sports from around the world.

Full-contact combat sport based on striking, grappling and ground fighting, incorporating techniques from various combat sports from around the world.

Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin, main event of UFC 131 in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2011
A Chinese martial artist preparing to throw his opponent during a lei tai contest in Ancient China.
The Pancrastinae: A statue portraying the pancratium, an event which took place in the Roman Colosseum. Even as late as the Early Middle Ages, statues were put up in Rome and other cities to honor remarkable pankratiasts. This statue, now part of the Uffizi collection, is a Roman copy of a lost Greek original, circa 3rd century BC.
A scene of Ancient Greek pankratiasts fighting. Originally found on a Panathenaic amphora, Lamberg Collection.
Masahiko Kimura vs. Hélio Gracie, a 1951 bout between Japanese judo fighter Masahiko Kimura and Brazilian jiu jitsu founder Hélio Gracie in Brazil, was an early high-profile mixed martial arts bout.
Bruce Lee popularized the concept of mixed martial arts via his hybrid system of Jeet Kune Do during the late 1960s to early 1970s.
Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki, a 1976 bout in Japan where boxer Muhammad Ali fought wrestler Antonio Inoki, was an important precursor to MMA contests.
Yuki Nakai fights UFC 1 finalist Gerard Gordeau at Vale Tudo Japan 1995
MMA gloves. They are fingerless gloves which allow both striking and grappling to occur.
Groundfighting in MMA. Differently from other grappling-based martial arts, you are allowed to strike your opponent when fighting on the ground.
Gina Carano applying a Ground-and-Pound on her opponent.
MMA fighter attempts a Triangle-Armbar submission on his opponent.
A ring-side doctor attends to a fighter following a loss.
A Ring used by PRIDE.
An Octagon cage used by the UFC.
Fighter performs a takedown on his opponent.

Following these changes, the sport has seen increased popularity with a pay-per-view business that rivals boxing and professional wrestling.

A professional wrestling match: two wrestlers grapple in a wrestling ring while a referee (in white) looks on

Professional wrestling

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Combat sport which combines athletics with wrestling performance.

Combat sport which combines athletics with wrestling performance.

A professional wrestling match: two wrestlers grapple in a wrestling ring while a referee (in white) looks on
A crowd gathers to watch a Rikidōzan match in 1955
AT&T Stadium during WrestleMania 32. WWE claims a record attendance of 101,763 for the event.
Lou Thesz, c. 1950s
Mil Máscaras pictured wearing his mask during a public event. It is common for wrestlers to wear their masks in public to maintain kayfabe
Spectators gather in Pyongyang, North Korea for Antonio Inoki's Pro Wrestling Friendship Games. A traditional wrestling ring can be seen in the lower left corner.
A WWE Money in the Bank ladder match in 2009
Tommy Seigler applies a hold to Nick Kozak while a referee looks on
A tag team match in progress: Jeff Hardy kicks Umaga, while their respective partners, Triple H and Randy Orton, encourage them and reach for the tags
Tara (right) tags her partner, Gail Kim, into a match
Ed "Strangler" Lewis pins an opponent in 1929
John Cena performs his STF submission hold against Mark Henry
A low blow typically results in a disqualification
Jimmy Jacobs strikes El Generico with a folding chair. This would get a wrestler disqualified in most matches
Mexican wrestlers Blue Demon Jr. (in blue) and El Hijo del Santo, both parents of this performers were two of the early luchadores to have a gimmick. El Santo was known as "El Enmascarado de Plata" (The Silver Masked) and Blue Demon was his long time frenemy
Gorgeous George's flamboyant gimmick made him one of the most famous wrestlers of his era
Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock were frequent rivals throughout WWF's Attitude Era
The Undertaker cuts a promo with Vince McMahon, Brock Lesnar and Sable looking on
Sting and Ric Flair holding a replica of the Big Gold Belt, which represented six different championships
Kazuchika Okada held the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (the former world championship of New Japan Pro-Wrestling) five times and holds the record for longest reign
Melina Perez performs an split in order to enter into the ring. This is one of the signature things this wrestler does while doing her entrance
Kane is known for using fire pyrotechnics in his ring entrance
The Fighting Cholitas in Bolivia
Mexican midget wrestlers Microman (in blue) and Zacarías el Perico during a match
Mexican wrestlers: Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero and Euforia performing a triple team move on their opponents. This is a characteristic in Lucha Libre, wrestlers can enter into the ring without being disqualified on time if it is a tag team match, something that in American wrestling is illegal and a cause of losing by disqualification
Frank Gotch, 20th century professional wrestler
Bill Goldberg during his tour of USS Ronald Reagan
Mexican wrestler El Santo became a folk hero in that country and a statue of him stands in his home city of Tulancingo
Mick Foley, who was one of the subjects of the Beyond the Mat documentary, became a New York Times best-selling author for his books about professional wrestling
Wrestler Johnny Grunge delivering a chair shot to an opponent, this is one of the examples of a stiff wrestling move

Revenue is drawn from ticket sales, network television broadcasts, pay-per-view broadcasts, branded merchandise and home video.

McMahon in 2006

Vince McMahon

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American media proprietor, retired professional wrestling promoter, executive, and performer.

American media proprietor, retired professional wrestling promoter, executive, and performer.

McMahon in 2006
McMahon sharing a joke with Ron Killings at the 2008 Tribute to the Troops event
McMahon after losing his match at King of the Ring in June 2000
The Undertaker, McMahon, Brock Lesnar and Sable on SmackDown!
McMahon during a Raw episode in 2007
The exploded limousine at WrestleMania Axxess in 2012
McMahon commands Hornswoggle to join his "Kiss My Ass Club" in 2008
McMahon during the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony
McMahon talks to Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell before the 2016 WWE Tribute to the Troops event, as his son-in-law Paul Levesque and his son Shane look on
McMahon as the ECW World Champion in 2007
McMahon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which is a one-time Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion
McMahon receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009

This led to the development of the annual WrestleMania, which became one of the most successful professional wrestling events.

Impact Wrestling

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Impact Wrestling (stylized as ''IMPACT!

Impact Wrestling (stylized as ''IMPACT!

Jeff Jarrett, one of the founders of Impact Wrestling (then TNA), Hall of Famer and six-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion
A.J. Styles was considered "the cornerstone of the company" during the late 2000s, as well as being TNA's first Grand Slam champion
The Impact Zone at Soundstage 21, and a six-sided ring
Under Hogan and Bischoff's tenure, TNA re-branded its flagship program to Impact Wrestling and reintroduced the four-sided ring
Dixie Carter (TNA President from 2002 to 2017) under Hogan and Bischoff's tenure, Carter would become an on-screen character.
Billy Corgan served as a president until late 2016.
Since January 2018, Scott D'Amore has been in charge of Impact Wrestling as an Executive Vice President alongside Don Callis. From May 2021, D'Amore has held this role alone, after Callis left the promotion.
Impact 20th anniversary logo, introduced in 2022.
High-flying, high risk moves are a centerpiece of the X Division.
For much of its history, Impact Wrestling used a hexagonal ring.

Ryder suggested a company not reliant on television, but rather one going straight to pay-per-view.

Mayweather in 2011

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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American boxing promoter and former boxer.

American boxing promoter and former boxer.

Mayweather in 2011
Mayweather and Hatton during the press conference leading up to their much anticipated showdown, which would take place on December 8, 2007
Mayweather during his comeback bout against Juan Manuel Márquez, 2009
Mayweather in 2011
Mayweather photographed at the Mayweather–Ortiz press conference on June 28, 2011
Mayweather during the official weigh-in, 2015
Mayweather during his brief tenure in WWE

Mayweather is one of the most lucrative pay-per-view attractions of all time, in any sport.

Surveillance cameras on the corner of a building.

Closed-circuit television

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Use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors.

Use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors.

Surveillance cameras on the corner of a building.
Surveillance camera in a residential community.
Dome camera in a railway station: Rotterdam central metro station
Closed circuit TV monitoring at the Central Police Control Station, Munich Germany in 1973.
Desk in one of the regional control-rooms of the National Police in the Netherlands in 2017.
CCTV control-room monitor wall for 176 open-street cameras in 2017.
The two-year-old James Bulger being led away by his killers, recorded on shopping centre CCTV in 1993. This narrow-bandwidth television system had a low frame rate.
Sign warning that premises are watched by CCTV cameras.
Closed circuit television cameras captured the perpetrator of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, Aaron Alexis, during his rampage
Digital Video Recorder for Public Transport
A crowdsourced map of CCTV cameras near Grande Arche using OpenStreetMap data.
Surveillance camera mounted on the walls of Rosenbad, one of the Swedish's government buildings in central Stockholm, which houses the Prime Minister's office. One of the parliament's (Riksdagen) building can be seen in the background.
A surveillance camera, aimed at a public street (Kungsgatan) in Stockholm, Sweden, mounted on top of the pole.
The headquarters of the United Nations in New York, with cameras visible on the side of the UN General Assembly building.
Surveillance camera mounted on a tripod in Sunriver, Oregon.
Soviet motorized CCTV camera
A mobile closed-circuit TV van monitoring a street market
Surveillance camera at London Heathrow Airport with a wiper for clear images during rain
Eye-in-the-sky surveillance dome camera watching from a high steel pole
Easy Connect Wireless IP camera
An integrated systems unit.
Wireless security camera
Anti-CCTV graffiti

Closed-circuit television was used as a form of pay-per-view theatre television for sports such as professional boxing and professional wrestling, and from 1964 through 1970, the Indianapolis 500 automobile race.

The former logo of the UFC, used from 1993 to 1999

Ultimate Fighting Championship

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American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The former logo of the UFC, used from 1993 to 1999
Royce Gracie used Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the early years of UFC to defeat opponents of greater size and strength.
UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock was instrumental in the UFC's turnaround into a mainstream sport.
Logo of The Ultimate Fighter
New York City Times Square ad for UFC 88: Breakthrough featuring Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans
A fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Mark Coleman in the Japanese, ring-based Pride organization
UFC 129 shattered previous North American gate and attendance records.
Anthony Pettis weighs in for the final WEC event
The Strikeforce cage
Ronda Rousey was the first female UFC champion. She defended her 135-pound Bantamweight Championship from February 23, 2013, to November 15, 2015.
Shot of the Octagon as Chris Weidman upsets Anderson Silva at UFC 162.
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Octagon girl Arianny Celeste

In 1993, WOW Promotions sought a television partner and approached pay-per-view producers TVKO (HBO) and SET (Showtime), and Campbell McLaren and David Isaacs at Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG).