WWE's Biggest Fan hopefuls hit the Big Apple
NEW YORK -- Thousands of our biggest fans turned out Friday night for WWE's Biggest Fan Party at Spotlight Live in Times Square. Mr. Kennedy, Jillian, Maria, MVP, Miz and WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart were on hand to rally our fans to participate in the "Are You WWE's Biggest Fan?" contest. Our lucky fans were treated to a few karaoke performances by the Superstars, plus an autograph session.
As our fans packed the karaoke venue, Hart took the stage to welcome everyone and perform Rick Springfield's "Eat Your Heart Out." The Legend then introduced each WWE Superstar in attendance, beginning with Maria, who belted out Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." The Raw Diva also offered some words of encouragement to our fans aspiring to be crowned WWE's Biggest Fan.
"I think in order to be WWE's Biggest Fan, you have to really show some heart… and you have to show a little skin!" she giggled, to the crowd's delight.
United States Champion MVP followed Maria onstage. While the SmackDown Superstar didn't perform karaoke, he pointed out to the cheering crowd that he was once one of our fans in the audience, too, but was gifted enough to make it as a WWE Superstar. He said it will take someone special to be WWE's Biggest Fan.
"You know, $25,000 is a whole lot of money. You can do some serious ballin' with all that," MVP told our fans. "Me, being half-man, half-amazing, it takes a whole lot to impress me."
ECW's Miz took the stage and deftly rapped the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn." Afterward, he told our fans they have to up their game to become the winner of the contest.
"If you don't have teeth, I want you to grow teeth!" he yelled.
Then Jillian entered the spotlight, and apologized for the "horrible" singing by the other Superstars, assuring our fans her performance would make up for it. The Raw Diva sang her favorite song -- "Oops! … I Did it Again" by Britney Spears, which earned some heckling by the audience.
"Would you like Jillian to sing that again?" Hart asked the crowd, which garnered an overwhelmingly loud "NO!"
Finally, Mr. Kennedy didn't sing a song for our fans, but he performed his signature entrance… or at least he tried. Our fans wanted to yell along with him, which Kennedy was not too pleased about.
"Hey, I didn't say I needed your help!" he growled at the crowd.
After finally finishing his entrance, Kennedy didn't offer any luck to anyone in the audience hoping to be named WWE's Biggest Fan.
"I'm standing up here. You are all standing out there," he yelled. "That money is like pocket change to Mr. Kennedy!"
After their onstage performances, our fans watched WWE 24/7 shows in a special penthouse at Spotlight Live, as the Superstars signed autographs for several hours. Our fans told WWE.com they were dazzled by the Superstars. Well… most of them.
"I'd rather take the Fifth Amendment and not comment," John Senia of Brooklyn, N.Y., said of Jillian's performance. "But I came to see everybody today. I like to think I'm WWE's Biggest Fan. I've been watching wrestling for a long time."
WWE.com found a pack of female WWE fans outside Spotlight Live, who were sad Matt Hardy wasn't performing karaoke, but were sure they're WWE's Biggest Fans.
"I'm WWE's Biggest Fan because my bank account is empty because I go to way too many shows. I've been to Canada twice for WWE shows, I drove to Montreal for nine hours and 13 hours to Detroit to go to WrestleMania 23," explained Dani Monti of Long Island, N.Y. " I'm going to fail college because I go on way too may trips and I don't show up to my classes!"
The Biggest Fan contest began in May and runs through July 31. Our fans are encouraged to submit their 60-second videos at Ziddio.com. The creators of the top 10 video submissions as voted by Ziddio users, plus an additional five video creators chosen by a panel of WWE judges, will be flown to New York City to participate in WWE's SummerSlam Weekend, WWE's "Biggest Party of the Summer" event and WWE's sold-out SummerSlam pay-per-view on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Continental Airlines Arena. During the weekend, WWE will host a red carpet spectacular featuring a judge's panel comprised of WWE Superstars and Legends who will vote to determine WWE's Biggest Fan.
The contest is open to legal residents of the United States who are at least 16 years old. No purchase necessary to enter. Detailed information on the contest, including the Official Rules, can be found at www.Ziddio.com/wwe.