What is the Difference Between WWE and WWF?

WWF is an abbreviation for World Wrestling Federation, and WWE is an abbreviation for World Wrestling Entertainment. Read to know more.

WWE’s roots can be traced to the 1950s, when the inaugural episode under the Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC) was produced on January 7, 1953. The identity of the CWC’s founder remains unknown. Some sources credit Vincent J. McMahon as the founder of CWC, while others credit McMahon’s father, Jess McMahon. The CWC afterward joined the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and famous New York promoter Toots Mondt soon joined the promotion. 

WWF is an abbreviation for World Wrestling Federation, and WWE is an abbreviation for World Wrestling Entertainment. The one and only difference between them is that E has been substituted for F in their initials. Before we can understand how the name was changed, we must first understand the history of the WWF.

Vince McMahon, who is currently the owner and Chief operating officer of WWE today, established WWF in 1982, altering the name of the erstwhile WWWF possessed by his father. The WWF was a purely entertainment company that aimed to attract audiences to watch professional wrestlers compete in the ring. Vince began to organise large-scale wrestler fights and sell videotapes of these brawls to numerous TV channels. Shortly, he made quite a bit with promotional and marketing activities and enticed wrestlers that were waging war for competing bodies. He decided to sign Hulk Hogan, who had a national following after appearing in Rocky III.


Vince introduced concepts such as WWF World Tour and Wrestle Mania that captured the public’s attention, and the WWF soon filtered its way into every household in America via cable television. In the interim, Vince had to compete with the onset of WCW, which was established to mitigate the popularity of the WWF and was essentially an affiliation of discontented wrestlers who were enraged by a pay cut instituted by Vince. The WWF, on the other hand, emerged victorious and managed to regain its popularity. Finally, in 1999, the WWF purchased WCW and ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) to reign supreme on national and cable television around the world.

WWF became engrossed in a controversy in 2000 when the Worldwide Fund for Nature, an environmental organisation, threatened to sue Vince for using its initials. The lawsuit hauled on for years until Vince got tired of it and decided to change the company’s name from WWF to WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). Everything else stays the same, and only E substituting F throughout the entire drama.

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