Although it's only Thursday, WrestleMania weekend truly kicks off today across the New York area as the pre-event press conference will be held at Radio City Music Hall. With several high-profile superstars set to appear, it should be an entertaining function.
While the press conference is closed to the public, you can watch from the comfort of your own home in a number of different ways. Also, according to WWE.com, WWE superstars will answer questions from the WWE Universe on Twitter. The questions must simply be hashtagged "#WrestleMania."
Even if nothing groundbreaking ultimately happens, the press conference should provide some solid hype with WrestleMania approaching. This week's SmackDown provides very little in that regard, so this may be the WWE's last chance to convince fans to purchase the pay-per-view.
Here is everything you need to know about when and where to catch today's 'Mania presser.
Where: Radio City Music Hall in New York, N.Y.
When: Thursday, April 4 at 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WWE.com, YouTube, Facebook, WWE Active App
Superstars Scheduled to Appear
It is no secret that WrestleMania XXIX will be a star-studded affair, but the same is true of the 'Mania press conference. According to WWE.com, the event will be hosted by Jerry "The King" Lawler and it will also involve The Rock, John Cena, Triple H, CM Punk, Vince McMahon, Alberto Del Rio, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mark Henry and Fandango.
With that in mind, it appears as though almost every match will be advertised in some way at the press conference, which is certainly a smart move on the WWE's part. Most of the people who plan to watch this are probably going to buy or attend WrestleMania XXIX anyway, but it never hurts to get the fans excited prior to the event.
The allure of being able to tweet questions to WWE superstars should draw in quite a few viewers as should the insider feeling of the situation. Nobody will be in attendance aside from media members, so the only way for fans to see what happens is to watch online, whether it be on their computers or their mobile devices.
Segment to Watch For
While there figures to be plenty of good action and information throughout the press conference, there is no doubt that all eyes will be on a potential confrontation between WWE champion The Rock and John Cena. No other opposing wrestlers are scheduled to take part in the presser, so Rock and Cena are probably the only ones who will have face-to-face contact.
There probably won't be any type of physical confrontation between them, but both of them will cut promos about their intentions to win on Sunday and they'll likely have a stare-down to close the press conference in an effort to create a nice photo opportunity. The Rock and Cena have pretty much said everything they needed to during the lead up to 'Mania; however, both men are gifted on the mic and should make things interesting.
If you're not particularly interested in The Rock and Cena, then CM Punk promises to shine as well as a dark horse such as Fandango. WWE fans haven't seen a ton of Fandango, but he has a unique and eccentric character, which should lead to some funny moments. He won't be a featured player at the press conference, but it will be intriguing to hear what he has to say.
This press conference isn't going to make or break WrestleMania weekend for anyone, but it definitely seems to be worth checking out. Even though the superstars are going to be in character to a certain degree, they'll also be in a different realm than what we're used to. Because of that, it will be a unique experience in terms of watching them in a new environment.
Perhaps the presser won't necessarily convince anyone to buy the pay-per-view, but it's worth a shot on the WWE's end as the media will be covering the event as well and getting the word out. The WWE is all about generating publicity and overall buzz, and that is precisely what this press conference will accomplish.
With so many big stars in one building, the WrestleMania XXIX press conference should sufficiently excite a lot of the WWE's diehard fans. The Super Bowl does something very similar, and since WrestleMania is truly the Super Bowl of professional wrestling, it is only fitting that Vince McMahon puts something like this together as well.
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