THQ issued the following press release today.
Third Annual THQ Superstar Challenge Kicks Off WrestleMania(R) 21 Weekend
Videogame Competition Boasts Top WWE(R) Superstars With Musical Act Unwritten Law and a Special Performance by WWE Superstar John Cena(TM)
CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) today announced the third annual THQ Superstar Challenge, a yearly videogame competition featuring the WWE's top Superstar talent, will take place tonight at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Sixteen of WWE's biggest, brightest Superstars will be pitted against each other in a no-holds barred videogame competition showcasing THQ and JAKKS Pacific's soon to be released WWE WrestleMania 21 exclusively for the Xbox(R) videogame system from Microsoft. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041118/LATH093LOGO )
"Hosting this event is our way of thanking the WWE and the Superstars for all their hard work in making our wrestling products successful," said Peter Dille, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ. "The Superstars put a lot of time and effort into mo-cap, voiceover and advertising, so it's great to see them enjoy the fruits of their labor and play a videogame they had a hand in creating. We're also pleased to give fans a great show before the main event this weekend, WrestleMania 21 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles."
"We're thrilled about the great entertainment line-up and that the THQ Superstar Challenge continues to get bigger and better every year," said John Sohigian, vice president partnership marketing, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. "This is the perfect way to kick off WrestleMania 21 in Los Angeles and we're excited to be a part of this unique opportunity for WWE fans to experience their favorite Superstars as they test their gaming skills in this ultimate videogame competition."
About the THQ Superstar Challenge
The THQ Superstar Challenge is scheduled to take place at The House of Blues, West Hollywood this evening at 7:30 p.m., with celebrity red carpet and interviews beginning at 6:00 p.m. A total of 16 WWE Superstars will compete in a bracketed tournament to decide who will become the ultimate videogame champion in 2005. Defending champion Shelton Benjamin(TM) will attempt to retain his title as a stable of competitors attempt to unseat him and enjoy bragging rights among the gaming elite.
WWE Superstar John Cena will perform on the House of Blues main stage immediately after the THQ Superstar Challenge in a highly anticipated appearance of one of the WWE's brightest young stars. The San Diego-based band Unwritten Law will round out the evening headlining after Cena. Coming off the release of their sixth album titled, "Here's To The Mourning", Unwritten Law is poised to rock the crowd and set off the weekend of WWE events leading to WrestleMania 21 at STAPLES Center, Sunday, April 3. The public is invited to attend this event and tickets are currently on sale through Ticketmaster.
Superstars Competing in the Challenge:
* Roster subject to change
About WWE WrestleMania 21
WWE WrestleMania 21 for Xbox showcases 45 WWE Superstars including John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Stacy Keibler and Batista. The game includes a story mode that allows players to create a Superstar and build his attributes from the early stages of wrestling development, to the pinnacle of sports entertainment -- WrestleMania 21. WWE WrestleMania 21 is the first ever wrestling game with complete motion capture technology, resulting in the best looking WWE models and animations to ever grace a wrestling console game. Another feature that is unique to WWE WrestleMania 21 is the Pro Reversal System -- a mechanic that adds a level of depth to the gameplay experience by allowing players to counter any move in the game. Rounding out WWE WrestleMania 21's features is a wealth of online content, including a new feature that allows players to build a championship belt and build prestige by challenging opponents online. Players up for the challenge will also have the ability to play multiple match types online via Xbox Live(TM). For more information about the THQ/JAKKS Pacific World Wrestling Entertainment(R) videogame franchises and the rest of THQ's 2005 line-up, visit http://www.thq.com.
About World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an integrated media and
entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New
York, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company
can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. Information on television
ratings and community activities can be found at parents.wwe.com.
THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of
interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all
popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered
in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global
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