Mickey Rourke Backs Out From WrestleMania XXV Deal

Colin Vassallo@wrestlingonlineCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2009

The deal between Mickey Rourke and World Wrestling Entertainment for WrestleMania XXV apparently fell through over the past day as his publicist released a statement via e-mail to clarify the situation.

"Mickey was very honored to be asked as he has the greatest respect for WWE, however he is not participating in WrestleMania. He is focusing entirely on his acting career," said the short statement.

Last Sunday at the SAG Awards, Rourke confirmed he would be at the biggest sports-entertainment show of the year and warned Chris Jericho to "get in shape."

Rourke, along with Jericho appeared on CNN's Larry King Live on Tuesday to promote the movie and their on-screen feud.

His publicist also said that Rourke's schedule is full and would not be participating in any interviews.

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