Mickey Rourke Steps Into The Ring At Wrestlemania 25
First Published: April 5, 2009 9:19 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
HOUSTON, Texas -- Mickey Rourke made it to Wrestlemania after all.
After announcing to Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell at the Screen Actors Guild Awards that he would be at Wrestlemania 25 before subsequently backing out, the star of “The Wrestler” and upcoming “Iron Man 2” villain stepped into the ring to take on WWE star Chris Jericho on Sunday in Houston, Texas.
“Contractually, because I’m doing this movie called ‘Iron Man 2’ now, I can’t get in the ring with him,” Rourke told a WWE reporter hours before the match.
However, the actor didn’t keep his word, entering the ring and knocking down Jericho to close out the match.
A feud had been brewing between Rourke and Jericho for weeks, with the wrestler calling out the actor’s friends, wrestling legends Ric Flair, Roddy Piper and Ricky Steamboat, during previous events.
Roddy, Rick and Ricky themselves got in the ring along with fellow WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Snuka, where they were defeated by Jericho before Mickey’s entrance. After punching out Jericho, Mickey was joined by Ric in celebration.
“Jericho had made a comment that, that wrestler movie he made, that’s not my story. And he can say all the s*** he wants about my friends Ric Flair, Roddy Piper and Ricky Steamboat – these guys that he’s talking about, I’ve got a lot of respect for and I’ve got a lot of love for,” Rourke said before the event. “They’re my friends and I think any one of them on any given night could kick Jericho’s a**.”
The actor was nominated for an Oscar for his role in “The Wrestler,” where he played a washed-up former wrestling star named Randy “The Ram” Robinson.
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