The following is from yesterday's press conference in Seattle, Washington, featuring Vince McMahon.
Vince enters with a big grin on his face and struts to the podium like he owns the place. Or more like he owns the entire world.
Vince: Hello everyone, welcome, glad to see you all came out. Before we get to the questions, I am here to confirm the rumors are true. In the wake of the sports entertainment industry imploding upon itself, I am going to be starting a new company based here in Seattle called Pacific Northwest Wrestling. Our mission statement is to do what I do best, bring the best of the worlds of entertainment and athletics to an untapped but rabid fan base here in the Pacific Northwest. I have acquired a license and was able to salvage most of my equipment and personnel to be able to put on professional wrestling extravaganzas like this area has never seen. You all know that I know how to put asses in seats, to coin a phrase. I put 93,000 asses in seats in Detroit at Wrestlemania III when Hulk Hogan bodyslammed Andre the Giant. I not only am the man that put sports entertainment into the mainstream, but I created or had a hand in creating nearly every memorable character that you all love to cheer or jeer. I may no longer have the World Wrestling Federation, but I did not lose any of my gumption. In fact, I am more determined than ever to re-establish my brand and to once again give rise to the greatest industry in the world. Now then, I'll be happy to take a few questions.
Reporter 1: Mr. McMahon, there are rumors going around that several other wrestling organizations are sprouting up. Many of them are featuring stars from the WWF. Do you have any comment on them, and how many of your stars are you bringing here?
Vince: I have no comments on what other organizations are up to. I am not involved with any of them. I don't need to flex my muscle, I think you all know what was happening between the WWF and WCW. I will give that other organization credit, they gave me a run. But I took what they were doing and improved upon it to the point that I was, once again, dominating the industry. As for the talents I have signed, anyone I wanted is here. The future of the wrestling industry now resides in the Pacific Northwest. Competition is good for business, so I welcome the other organizations to put on their shows and do their thing.
Reporter 2: Vince, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock were your top stars when the WWF collapsed. Will they be joining you here?
Vince: No comment, I will not be revealing the names of any of the talent, so please refrain from wasting our time with those types of questions. Suffice it to say, only the top talent will be here in the Pacific Northwest.
Reporter 3: When can we expect our first show, and what can we expect from it?
Vince: Expect the unexpected. As I stated before, I have most of my personnel from the WWF imported here with me, as far as production people go. While our product will not be quite up to the level that the WWF reached, we will be putting out a quality program, with production values that are cutting edge and far above industry standard. This is no bingo hall operation. This seems like a good time to end this press conference with a major announcement. Our first show will be emanating from Keyarena on Sunday, August 16th. Now, you may all be thinking it seems arrogant to book a first show for a new company in such a large arena. Here is the thing. You want to go to the show? You won't be buying tickets online. They won't be available through Ticketmaster or any other venue. Because this is going to be a free show for anyone and everyone who wishes to attend. You heard that right, we will not be charging a penny. First come, first served, we will fill this arena until it's standing room only and the fire marshall threatens to shut us down. See you on the 16th!