Ford Field hosts 23rd installment of Wrestlemania
DETROIT -- One of the world's most famous 'do's -- considered by many to be a fashion don't -- remains intact after its owner, Donald Trump, prevailed in Sunday night's "hair match" at Wrestlemania.
Trump trumped World Wrestling Entertainment owner Vince McMahon in the "Battle of the Billionaires" at the WWE's largest annual pay-per-view event. After the real estate mogul and reality TV star triumphed, he gleefully took the shears to Mr. McMahon's head.
Trump and McMahon didn't actually battle it out in the ring, but instead had WWE wrestlers representing them grapple to see who would go bald. The winner, Trump's guy Bobby Lashley, bested McMahon's chosen wrestler, Umaga.
Trump wasn't just a cheerleader during the match, however -- he leaped off his feet at one point and drove McMahon into the ground, then pummeled him with some closed-fisted punches.
The "sports entertainment" event was held fittingly on April Fool's Day and was filled with loud music, pyrotechnics and screeching, flashbulb-snapping fans.
Lashley's pinfall victory over the 300-plus-pound "Samoan Bulldozer" meant that McMahon had to yield to Trump's razor and the locks fell. Wrestling legend and action film actor "Stone Cold" Steve Austin served as the special guest referee for the match at Ford Field, home of the NFL's Detroit Lions.
It wasn't all laughs for Trump, though.
After celebrating in the ring with a cold beer -- Austin's preferred post-victory beverage -- an unsuspecting Trump was given a "Stunner" by Austin -- he had his head driven into Austin's shoulder. Lashley tended to Trump while Austin jogged toward the dressing room to the roaring approval of the crowd.
The Trump-McMahon showdown was one of the featured matches at the 23rd edition of the professional wrestling extravaganza. It drew 80,103 fans, a new Ford Field record, breaking the previous record of 78,129 set during the December 2003 college BasketBowl between Michigan State and Kentucky.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press