From The Daily Beast:
Hush-hush and strictly confidential, but the chatter percolating in the pro-wrestling community is that despite his publicist’s braying to the contrary, Mickey Rourke is seriously considering jumping into the ring at this year’s WrestleMania.
You don’t have to be plugged into the world of fanboy Internet kooks to smell what’s cooking. All you have to do is watch RAW, the World Wrestling Entertainment’s flagship Monday-night broadcast, to witness the buildup: weekly clips of Rourke as Randy “The Ram” Robinson and The Wrestler accompanied by fawning announcers, followed by Jericho running his mouth and taunting the movie star, which is the second-best thing he does, right after crippling people.
For those of you not following the saga of Mickey Rourke’s would-be wrestling career—the one he is apparently trying to launch in the wake of his star-turn as The Wrestler—allow me to recap: “The boys from the WWE called me and asked me to do it,” Rourke told Access Hollywood from the red carpet at the SAG awards last month. “Chris Jericho, you better get in shape,” he added, calling out the WWE’s ace heel, “because I’m coming after your ass.”
A few days later, Rourke went on Larry King Live and tussled with Jericho via satellite. “If he got his wish and had a confrontation with me at WrestleMania, the end of the Jericho-Rourke movie would not turn out well for Mr. Rourke,” said Jericho. “There’s a difference between playing a wrestler in a movie and actually being one in real life.” The day after that, a spokesman for Rourke threw water on the whole shebang, insisting that The Mick had no intention of participating, and was instead going to be “focusing entirely on his acting career.”
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