Mickey Rourke confirmed that he was interested in wrestling Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XXV but was talked out of it by his agents because they thought it would be detrimental to his acting career.
At the WrestleMania pre-show news conference Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium in Houston, I asked Rourke whether a match between him and Jericho had been discussed.
"After I got done with the movie, I really started liking this sport a lot," Rourke said. "And I believe it was through Vince [McMahon's] people who said, 'Would you like to come and do WrestleMania and wrestle?' And Jericho's name came up and I said, 'Yeah, I want to do it.' To be real honest with you, because I had left acting for six years to go back to professional fighting, my agents said it would be detrimental to my career. If I took time off at this point in my career and did the wrestling, I wouldn't be taken seriously in the acting world again.
"I've always enjoyed sports a lot more than I have acting, but they just advised me not to do it. I was kind of disappointed."
I will have video up of the news conference with Rourke, Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat it its entirety within the next day.