Let's Get Ready to...Wrestle

George Appiah

3/12/04
Sports
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Considered the Super Bowl of sports entertainment, on Sunday, March 14 from Madison Square Garden, World Wrestling Entertainment, formerly WWF, will present WrestleMania XX.

NYC was the site of the very first WrestleMania 19 years ago, March 31, 1985, and will once again host the spectacle.

WWE Fan Frenzy, which precedes Sunday's event, offers numerous opportunities to get up close and personal with the wrestlers. Similar to the NBA's All-Star weekend, WWE Superstars will be making various television appearances leading up to WrestleMania XX.

ESPN2's "Cold Pizza" welcomed Chris Jericho on Monday, Trish Stratus Tuesday and Ric Flair on Wednesday. The Master of Thuganomics, John Cena and five time WCW heavyweight champion, Booker T., will be appearing on BET's "Rap City." Also, UPN will air "WWE Films presents...The Mania of WrestleMania" at 8 p.m.

On March 13, 16-time World Heavyweight champion Ric Flair and current Heavyweight champion, Triple H, will be appearing on NBC's "Weekend Today." At 10 p.m., Chris Jericho, Matt Hardy, Lita, Stacy Keibler, and Bubba Ray Dudley will appear on MTV's "Headbangers Ball," followed by Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Big Show and Trish Stratus guest starring on FOX's "Mad TV."

In addition to the all-star television appearances, the WWE Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony will be held in the Hilton New York at 8 p.m., inducting the largest group of WWE superstars ever including governor of Minnesota, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Sgt. Slaughter, Junkyard Dog and all-time hit king of Major League Baseball, Pete Rose, among others.

The 2004 inductees will be joining the likes of wrestling legends, "Classy" Freddie Blassie, George "The Animal" Steele, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and Andre The Giant, to name a few.

On Sunday, the Hilton New York will host the Bacon, Bagels & Biceps Brunch at 10 a.m., followed by the granddaddy of them all, WWE WrestleMania XX. The card, which boasts the finest wrestlers in World Wrestling Entertainment, will feature six title defenders.
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