For the first time since, well, I really can't remember when, I had some interest in the Academy Awards. As far as pleasurable experiences go, I typically rank watching the pretentious awards show somewhere between undergoing a root canal and listening to a Christy Hemme promo.

The Oscars, however, definitely had my attention last night – well at least the final 15 minutes when the major awards were handed out. Obviously, I was curious to see if The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke went over in the Best Actor category. To my disappointment, he jobbed to Sean Penn.

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I'm actually a big Penn fan, and while I did not see Milk, I have no doubt that Penn is a worthy winner. I just hope that the stuffy Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn't hold it against Rourke because he said that he would be participating in WrestleMania 25.

Rourke's co-star, Marisa Tomei, did not win Best Supporting Actress either. However, it was a good night for Necro Bucher, the hardcore independent wrestler who has a memorably gory scene in The Wrestler. I wasn't watching the awards show at the time, but I read online that Butcher was acknowledged during a skit with Seth Rogan and James Franco. If I was in charge in TNA, I'd sign Necro immediately and have him work a series of weapons matches against Abyss.

But I digress.

Now that the Oscars are over, the real drama begins. It's expected that Rourke will be in attendance at WrestleMania on April 5 in Houston, but the question remains as to what his role will be on the pay-per-view extravaganza. Speculation has ranged from him just being a spectator to accompanying Chris Jericho's opponent to the ring to actually wrestling Jericho.

In a perfect WWE Universe, Rourke would have won the Oscar and then punctuated his acceptance speech by shouting, "Now, I'm going to WrestleMania! And if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn't down with that, I've got two words for ya: Ram Jam!"

Then at a swanky after-party, Jericho, with a WWE cameraman in tow, crashes the gala and cuts a promo on Rourke, which leads to a pull-apart brawl. During the fracas, Jericho delivers a worked punch to Tomei, later claiming that she spit on him. To top it off, Jericho absconds with Rourke's Oscar statuette and takes it to Raw the next night after having it melted down into a toiler paper holder.

The amount of publicity for WWE, not to mention the level outrage from the academy, would have been off the charts.

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