Kicking off the Fan Axxess Tour

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January 18, 2007

Well folks, here we are. I can't believe it. WrestleMania 23 is just around the corner.

As I was flying into Miami for our first stop of the WrestleMania Fan Axxess Tour, I reflected upon the past 22 years. I thought about all the great moments in the history of my career and thought about all of you amazing WWE fans that have continued to support Hillbilly Jim and WWE throughout.

This is my fourth year on the WrestleMania Fan Axxess Tour. Every year I swear it keeps getting bigger and better, and it's all because of you. I will say till the end -- the fans are what keeps us going everyday!  Whether it be at Fan Axxess or when we are driving long miles across country, we are doing it for you because you support us!

Pat yourselves on the back. Here's a big ol' thank you from Hillbilly Jim for showing your support as we start our road trip to WrestleMania 23 on Sunday, April 1, in Detroit..  Having been fortunate to be part of several WrestleMania extravaganzas during my career, I know how the anticipation builds. Everyone who showed up in Miami kick-started our momentum to the big day!

As for me, I'm looking forward to another great WrestleMania Fan Axxess tour and traveling around the country in our big ol' RV.  I couldn't have asked for a better kickoff than in the great city of Miami with Layla and Hall of Famer "Mean" Gene Okerlund!

Its always a treat to see "Mean" Gene as he and I go way back.  He arrived early to the signing and we spent some quality time talking about the good ol' days and playing a game of "Whatever happened to . . ." or "Do you still talk to . . ."  "Mean" Gene, it was great seeing you!

We had over 20,000 great fans show up to support this tour!  That is an all--time record for us!

As we move forward towards the big show, we are looking forward to stops at Royal Rumble and No Way Out, as well as visiting many cities in between. I'm off for now, but be sure to check me out as we make our way to Detroit on www.wrestlemania.com.

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