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This "Money" is still good for WrestleMania
CHICAGO -- A little more than 12 hours after Big Show sent WBC welterweight champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather flying over the top rope in Milwaukee's Bradley Center, media from all circles descended upon the "Windy City" for a WrestleMania XXIV press conference in Trump International Hotel & Tower Press Room Tuesday morning.
News of Monday's Raw weigh-in clash between Mayweather and Show had traveled fast around the globe, even garnering a No. 9 ranking on ESPN's nightly "Top 10 Plays of the Day." Upon seeing The Greatest Fighter in the World grab his right elbow following a nasty spill to the arena floor, the question on everyone's mind was whether or not "Money" would be able to compete on the biggest stage in sports-entertainment March 30.
Mayweather's manager, Leonard Ellerbe, approached the podium to open with a report on Mayweather's status, and an opportunity to call what happened Monday night "a coward move on Big Show's part." Pausing momentarily, Ellerbe then affirmed, "Thank God, other than swelling, [Mayweather] will be okay."
Later in the press conference, "The World's Largest Athlete" strutted toward the microphone with an arrogant demeanor, obviously still proud over his Raw assault on Mayweather. Big Show then reminded everyone that "Money's" widely reported $20 million reward is not worth the risk of stepping in "my wrestling ring."
"My actions [Monday] night was just the tip of the iceberg," Show told the audience. "The guy is 150 pounds. I can throw him anywhere I want."
Show then tossed out a very personal vow: That fans will get their money's worth come WrestleMania XXIV, and that he will "slap the skin off" Mayweather.
The jeers for Big Show quickly erupted into a standing ovation for Mayweather, who entered the room wearing an elastic wrapping around what Ellerbe had reported as a swollen elbow. Sporting his trademark jeans and white T-shirt with a platinum and diamond encrusted cross medallion slung around his neck, the appreciative boxer thanked fans, WWE Superstars and everyone involved for his WrestleMania opportunity. After summing up what occured on Raw simply as "wild," the Greatest Fighter in the World guaranteed everyone in attendance that his 'Mania battle with Big Show will go on as scheduled.
"I have a heart as big as a lion," "Money" exclaimed. "There's no field that I can get involved in and can't dominate in."
Also on hand for Tuesday's press conference was Triple H, who delivered plenty of excitement to the already energized capacity crowd. With less than a week before he takes charge of Raw in the final installment of a Triple Threat Takeover, the 11-time World Champion declared that he is geared up for his Triple Threat WWE Championship Match against John Cena and WWE Champion Randy Orton. "I'll put on a fight as if my life depends on it," The Game pledged.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Coachman had introduced World Heavyweight Champion Edge by stating that the "Ultimate Opportunist" will have the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on The Undertaker at WrestleMainia XXIV. With the World Heavyweight Title slung over his shoulder, Edge appeared unfazed by Coach's comment. Instead, he was more intent on insisting that his match against the 15-0 Phenom will be "the best match anyone will ever see," then reminded media that he is also undefeated at WrestleMania. After what took place last Friday night on SmackDown -- in which the Rated-R Superstar maintained his undefeated streak against the Deadman and pinned him in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match -- the crowd in Chi-town didn't seem to appreciate that Edge had every reason to feel confident.
Chicago native and new Playboy cover girl Maria appeared with fellow Raw Diva and Playboy page-stopper Candice Michelle to speak about their WrestleMania XXIV BunnyMania Lumberjack Match against WWE Women's Champion Beth Phoenix & Melina. Stating how "extremely fortunate" she was to be teaming up with Candice, Maria described their March 30 pairing as the "sexiest and most glamorous" in WWE. Candice, who will compete in her first match since being injured by "The Glamazon" five months ago, added that there was no doubt in her mind -- to face Beth Phoenix in the ring again, "the risk is worth the reward."