The following was issued by the Associated Press today:
Rourke ready to rumble in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) ? Listen up wrestlin’ fans: actor Mickey Rourke says he’s ready to rumble with WWE superstar Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 25 in Reliant Stadium on April 5.
Rourke portrays professional wrestler Randy the Ram in the acclaimed movie “The Wrestler.”
He’s signed to wrestle Jericho, for real.
He made a surprise announcement Sunday night on the red carpet before the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.
He said he was pleased by the acceptance of the movie by all the WWE wrestlers ? except Jericho.
Then Rourke said he was going to toss Jericho “around the ring like tossed salad.”
Meanwhile, Jericho, appearing on WWE television, said, Rourke was out of line and that he was offended by Rourke’s comments. He said Rourke made “a mistake.”