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WWEEdit

In the past, WWE's authority figure was presented by the President, who had booking power and controlled all wrestlers. However, in 1997, the President was replaced by the Commissioner. During the Attitude Era of WWE, not only the Commissioner, but Vince McMahon had booking power as well through his Chairman position under his evil character "Mr. McMahon". McMahon usually used his power in order to haze his (kayfabe) nemesis, Stone Cold Steve Austin. When Shawn Michaels was Commissioner, he was able to overrule McMahon, but he only sporadically exercised his booking power, and was working with an "Iron-Clad" contract where he couldn't be fired. When Mick Foley acquired the position, he took full reign until he was fired from the position.

Upon splitting the WWE into two separate brands in the WWE Brand Extension of 2002, on-screen co-owners Vince McMahon and Ric Flair proceeded to draft WWE wrestlers into two separate rosters. Flair took ownership of Raw, while McMahon controlled SmackDown. After McMahon regained control of the entire company, he removed Flair from control of Raw, relinquished his own position, and appointed separate General Managers to control the different brands.

On July 18, 2011, Triple H came to Raw and told Vince McMahon that the Board of Directors (kayfabe) revoked his "day-to-day operation power" and named him to manage it instead. After that, Triple H became the WWE's Chief Operating Officer (storyline) who had the booking power in WWE on both Raw and SmackDown brands until the Board stripped him of his power, and named John Laurinaitis the Interim General Manager of Raw.

WWE ChairmanEdit

WWE Chief Executive Officer (CEO)Edit

WWF PresidentsEdit

WWE Chief Operating OfficerEdit

  • Triple H - July 18, 2011 – present
    • Theodore Long: Assistant to the COO - September 5, 2011 – October 10, 2011

WWE Director of OperationsEdit

  • Kane - November 4, 2013 – April 7, 2014; August 11, 2014 -Present

WWF CommissionerEdit

  • Sgt. Slaughter (August 4, 1997 – November 23, 1998)
  • Shawn Michaels (November 23, 1998 – June 26, 2000)
  • Mick Foley (June 26, 2000 – December 18, 2000; October 11, 2001 – November 19, 2001)
    • Debra – Lt. Commissioner – (October 30, 2000 – March 5, 2001)
  • William Regal (March 8, 2001 – October 11, 2001)

WWE Brand Extension AuthoritiesEdit

During the Brand Extension of WWE Raw, and WWE SmackDown and later WWE ECW, the shows were run by "General Managers". A full list of the Brand authorities can be found on the individual pages. The General Managers were often assisted by a variety of other positions including Chief of Staffs and Legal Consultants.

WWE Saturday Morning Slam AuthorityEdit

General Manager (GM)Edit

WWE NXT AuthorityEdit

HostEdit

  • Matt Striker (February 23, 2010 – June 13, 2012)
    • Ashley Valence – Co-Host (June 22, 2010 – August 31, 2010)
    • Maryse – Co-Host (March 8, 2011 – August 24, 2011)

Match coordinatorEdit

General Manager (GM)Edit

WWE ECW AuthoritiesEdit

See also: ECW (WWE)

TNAEdit

Director of AuthorityEdit

The Director of Authority operated as the on-screen authority-figure for the company

NWA Championship CommitteeEdit

TNA Wrestling also maintained a championship committee – established in 2004 to help the Director of Authority to book matches and to keep contenders in proper order. The Committee members also served as guest judges for TNA Impact! when broadcast by Fox Sports Net, as all matches had a time limit and if the match went to time, a judge had to make the call as to who had won (somewhat as in boxing).

The committee consisted of:

  • Dusty Rhodes (founder, original member, November 2004 – June 2005)
  • Harley Race (original member, November 2004 – ???)
  • Terry Funk (original member, November 2004 – March 2005) Funk never appeared on-screen in TNA
  • Roddy Piper (replacement for Funk, March 2005 – ???)
  • Larry Zbyszko (original member, November 2004 – 2006)

Management DirectorEdit

  • Jim Cornette (July 16, 2006 – May 21, 2009)
  • Matt Morgan – Bodyguard/Enforcer (August 9, 2007 – April 10, 2008)

PresidentEdit

  • Dixie Carter (April 19, 2009 – October 14, 2010), (November 25, 2010 – March 3, 2011), (October 16, 2011 – Present)
    • Hulk Hogan – Managing Partner (January 4, 2010 – October 14, 2010)
    • Rockstar Spud – Chief of Staff (November 22, 2013 – March 9, 2014)
  • Hulk Hogan – (October 14, 2010 – November 25, 2010), (March 3, 2011 – October 16, 2011)2
    • Mick Foley – Network Consultant (May 3, 2011 – June 2, 2011)

Executive ShareholderEdit

  • Mick Foley (October 23, 2008 – January 4, 2010)

General Manager (GM)Edit

  • Sting (October 20, 2011 – March 22, 2012)
  • Hulk Hogan (March 29, 2012 – October 3, 2013)

TNA InvestorEdit

  • MVP (January 30, 2014 – Present)

Director of Wrestling OperationsEdit

  • MVP (March 9, 2014 – June 26, 2014) 1
  • Kurt Angle (June 26, 2014 – January 7, 2015)

Knockouts Division CommissionerEdit

  • Traci Brooks (August 28, 2008 – January 2009)
  • Ms. Tessmacher (September 20, 2010 – October 14, 2010)
  • Karen Jarrett – Executive Vice President (September 1, 2011 – December 15, 2011)
  • Traci Brooks – Executive Assistant (September 1, 2011 – December 15, 2011)
  • Brooke Hogan – Executive (May 31, 2012 – August 16, 2013)

Xplosion CommissionerEdit

Executive ProducerEdit

Representative of the TNA Board of DirectorsEdit

WCWEdit

When Ted Turner purchased Jim Crockett Promotions and launched World Championship Wrestling in 1988, the company went through a series of Vice Presidents and bookers, ranging from those with little wrestling experience to those entrenched in the old territorial methods of promotion, until Eric Bischoff took control in 1994. His tenure saw the creation of WCW Nitro, the start of the Monday Night Wars, and the formation of the New World Order. Declining ratings saw Bischoff ousted in 1999, and former WWF writer Vince Russo was hired in an attempt to salvage the company. WCW was purchased by the WWF in March 2001, however the company was featured prominently on WWF television as part of the Invasion storyline for the remainder of the year.

OwnerEdit

Executive Vice PresidentEdit

PresidentEdit

CommissionerEdit

  • Nick Bockwinkel (January 27, 1994 - June 18, 1995)
  • J.J. Dillon (April 21, 1997 - October 25, 1999)
  • Roddy Piper (September 8, 1997 - 2000)
  • Terry Funk (January 3, 2000 - January 16, 2000)
  • Kevin Nash (January 16, 2000 - April 10, 2000)
  • Jeff Jarrett - Acting/Interim Commissioner (January 31, 2000 - February 9, 2000)
  • Ernest Miller (May 31, 2000 - October 29, 2000), (January 14, 2001 - February 12, 2001), (February 18, 2001 - February 26, 2001)
  • Mike Sanders (October 29, 2000 - January 14, 2001)
  • Lance Storm (February 12, 2001 - February 18, 2001)
  • William Regal (October 15, 2001 - November 18, 2001)

Miscellaneous FiguresEdit

ECWEdit

See AlsoEdit

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