WrestleMania 29 press conference brings WWE to Radio City Music Hall

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April 04, 2013

The Game revved up the crowd and promised that Brock Lesnar will learn “a lesson of a lifetime” this Sunday, at which point The King of Kings’  wife, WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie McMahon, reminded her husband that he is supposed to have his “executive hat” on during the press conference. She then outlined the McMahon family’s long history of promoting sports-entertainment in New York, dating back to her great grandfather, Jess McMahon, in 1925.

"When we talk about WrestleMania and the theme of WrestleMania, which is coming home, it couldn’t be more true,” she said.

Stephanie told attendees that more than 75,000 fun-loving WWE fans are expected to watch WrestleMania live in MetLife Stadium Sunday, and she said WWE’s social media presence for the event will be bigger than ever. More than 20 celebrity social media ambassadors will be commenting throughout the show, and WWE social media platforms currently boast more than 148 million followers.

“On top of all of that, we’re going to have one hell of a good time,” she said. “At the end of the day, WWE is all about putting smiles on people’s faces.”

Attendees also heard from Harlem, N.Y., resident Mark Henry, who had harsh words for his WrestleMania opponent, Ryback, and CM Punk, who declared WrestleMania is all about legends.

Three days before he attempts to end The Undertaker’s 20-0 WrestleMania Streak, Punk — holder of the sixth-longest WWE Title reign in the 50-year history of the championship — reiterated that at WrestleMania, he’ll break not only The Phenom’s Streak, but also The Undertaker himself.

WrestleMania main eventers The Rock and John Cena then took turns on the stage. Having debuted in New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1996, The Rock portrayed this Sunday’s event as a return to his home away from home.

“There’s a really proud lineage I have in this world,” the third-generation Superstar said. “For it to come full circle, for me to come back at this point in my career and again become WWE Champion and give back to a business I love …  means so much to me.”

John Cena, who’s aiming for a record 11th WWE Championship Sunday, then spoke, speaking in both French and Chinese to international members of the Cenation. He promised this year’s event will eclipse last year’s Show of Shows.

“This Sunday, I certainly predict a few surprises, some magic moments and for all to be entertained,” he said.

Following the press conference, Matt Striker hosted a special interactive Q-and-A session with Superstars and Divas, including The Bella Twins, Big Show and John Cena. Cena’s time answering the WWE Universe’s questions was delayed by CM Punk, however, who invaded the interview area and blasted the Cenation leader for calling him “pedestrian-looking” earlier in the press conference. A heated Punk then said he hopes The Undertaker believes he’s “average,” too, because it will only help Punk’s psychological edge heading into their huge bout.

The explosive press conference kicks off several days of huge events, culminating with this Sunday’s huge pay-per-view, which begins at a special start time of 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, with a one-hour live-streamed Pre-Show beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Plus, stayed tuned after The Show of Shows to watch a special live-streamed Post-Show Sunday evening.

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