It's been more than 54 years since the company now known as WWE was officially born. Though Roderick "Jess" McMahon and Toots Mondt had promoted NWA shows in the New York area under the Capitol Wrestling Corporation brand, it was in 1963 when McMahon's son, Vincent James, teamed with Mondt to officially break off and form their own promotion.
Buddy Rogers, a major draw in the northeast, lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Lou Thesz on 24 January 1963, but the match was controversial - it was a one-fall bout in a time when most championship matches were contested under two-out-of-three falls rules. That gave McMahon and Mondt some legitimacy in recognizing Rogers as the champion of the promotion they founded, the World Wide Wrestling Federation.
Since then, the company has changed champions over a hundred times, changed names a few times, and changed owners once - but it's also risen to become the most dominant pro wrestling organization in the history of the sport. While it's been 54 years, it wasn't always a gradual process.
Some days brought far more development to the company - and to wrestling on the whole - than others...
Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried.
*Best Crowd of the Year, 2013