EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
WWE today (Thurs., Feb. 16, 2012) held a press conference in New Jersey to formally announce its intentions to hold WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on April 7, 2013.
Among those in attendance was The Rock, who made a rather interesting promise.
"My goal right now is to make WrestleMania XXVIII the greatest WrestleMania of all time. I will also come to WrestleMania XXIX, and I will electrify MetLife Stadium like never before."
I suppose I shouldn't say "interesting promise," seeing as Rock is becoming Mr. WrestleMania. Not in the Shawn Michaels sense that he has spectacular matches at the show each year but rather that he's going to show up for the WWE's biggest show.
Last year it was as the guest host, this year it's for one of the biggest matches of all time. What will he be doing there next year?
We'll have to wait and see.
Read more from the official WWE press release after the jump.
The King of Kings, Triple H, was also on hand for the press conference. After praising present WWE Superstars for their involvement with the community - Sheamus for WWE's "be a STAR" anti-bullying campaign, Mark Henry for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge program and The Bella Twins for their tireless support of our Armed Forces - The Game presented honorary WWE Championship Titles to New York Jets owner & CEO Woody Johnson and John Mara, President and CEO of the Super Bowl Champion New York Football Giants.
A week-long celebration, WrestleMania has generated more than $200 million in cumulative economic impact for its past four host regions.
"There is nothing quite like WrestleMania," said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, the official marketing and tourism organization of New York City. "We are very much looking forward to it."
In addition to the unparalleled spectacular that is The Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania Week will play host to a number of activities throughout the New York-New Jersey area, including the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; WrestleMania Axxess, WWE's interactive fan festival; Monday Night Raw; the finals of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge; a Make-A-Wish Pizza Party hosted by John Cena and many other events.
The Showcase of the Immortals will be televised in more than 100 countries and 30 languages. In 2011, a sold-out crowd of 71,617 fans from all 50 states and 30 countries converged on the Georgia Dome for WrestleMania XXVII. This year's WrestleMania XXVIII on Sunday, April 1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla., will feature the highly-anticipated showdown between John Cena and The Rock. Now, with the official announcement of WrestleMania XXIX coming to MetLife Stadium and the New York-New Jersey area, there is no telling what awaits the WWE Universe in the year to come.