Special Appearances by Limp Bizkit, Ashanti, and the Miller Lite cat-fight Girls
STAMFORD, CONN., March 28, 2003 - The stage is set for World Wrestling Entertainment™'s most spectacular event of the year - WrestleMania XIX presented by Snickers Cruncher™, live on Pay-Per-View this Sunday (March 30, 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT) from SAFECO Field in Seattle. Some of the key match-ups include Mr. McMahon vs. Hulk Hogan™, The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin, World Heavyweight Champion Triple H™ vs. Booker T™, WWE™ Champion Kurt Angle™ vs. Brock Lesnar™, and Shawn Michaels™ vs. Chris Jericho™. WrestleMania XIX will also feature a special live appearance by the Miller Lite Catfight Girls and live musical performances by Limp Bizkit and Ashanti.
For the first time in WrestleMania history, fans from all 50 states, including Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, will be in attendance to witness the action, drama, and excitement as it unfolds in front of a record-breaking crowd of more than 50,000 passionate fans. Adding to the frenzy, WWE FAN AXXESS™ presented by 1 800 CALL ATT for Collect Calls, a three day fan festival preceding WrestleMania, will bring the fans closer than ever to the WWE Superstars for photos, autographs, and interactive exhibits.
WrestleMania has seen its share of legendary match-ups, however the epic battle between Mr. McMahon and Hulk Hogan may just be the most anticipated match of all-time. Friends, enemies, and business partners for over two decades, the two have engaged in trials and tribulations both in and out of the ring. It's 20 years in the making and it will take place at WrestleMania XIX.
After defeating The Rock in both of their previous WrestleMania matches, Stone Cold Steve Austin will take on The Rock once again in this battle of greatness. The Rock heads into WrestleMania without the support of the "millions and millions" of The Rock's fans, while Stone Cold is riding a wave of exuberance following his return to the ring last month after a nearly eight month hiatus.
This jam-packed event also features two key world championship title matches that may change the face of Raw® and SmackDown!™ Representing Raw, Triple H, the World Heavyweight Champion, will defend his title against Booker T, while SmackDown! Superstar Kurt Angle puts the WWE Championship on the line against Brock Lesnar.
Five years ago, Shawn Michaels faced Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV. It was to be his last WrestleMania match due to what was thought to be a career-ending back injury. Surgery, rehabilitation, and a show stopping return at SummerSlam last August has put the spotlight on the Heartbreak Kid™ once again. This time, it's against a sly, back-stabbing, and arrogant former Undisputed WWE Champion Chris Jericho.
Rounding out the event:
- Undertaker® and Nathan Jones™ vs. Big Show™ and A-Train™
- Eddie Guerrero™ and Chavo Guerrero™ vs. Charlie Haas™ and Shelton Benjamin™ vs. Rhyno™ and Chris Benoit™ in a Triple Threat Match for WWE Tag Team Championship
- Trish Stratus™ vs. Jazz™ vs. Victoria™ in a Triple Threat Match™ for the Women's Championship
- Rey Mysterio™ vs. Matt Hardy™ with Shannon Moore™ for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
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ATTENTION BROADCAST MEDIA OUTLETS:
Highlights from WrestleMania XIX will be available via satellite immediately following the broadcast:
· March 31, 2003 (Late night Sunday/early Monday morning)
· 0100-0115 EST:
· TELSTAR 6
· TRANSPONDER 11
· Audio: 6.2, 6.8 MHZ
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