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THQ Kicks Off WrestleMania(R) 22 Weekend in Chicago With Fourth Annual THQ Superstar Challenge


AGOURA HILLS, Calif., March 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) on behalf of THQ/JAKKS Pacific, LLC today announced preliminary details for the fourth annual THQ Superstar Challenge. Taking over the House of Blues in downtown Chicago on March 30, 16 elite Superstars from World Wrestling Entertainment will challenge one another in a no-holds-barred competition featuring THQ/JAKKS Pacific's critically acclaimed WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. RAW(R) 2006 video game for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.

"Hosting the THQ Superstar Challenge is our way of thanking WWE and its talented Superstars for their hard work and dedication, while celebrating the continued success of the THQ/JAKKS Pacific video game franchise," said Kelly Flock, executive vice president, worldwide publishing, THQ. "We recognize the long hours required in making the WWE video games and are always pleased to see the Superstars enjoy the finished products."

"The THQ Superstar Challenge is the ultimate kickoff to a weekend of great WrestleMania 22 entertainment in Chicago," said Monty Ross, director, consumer marketing, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. "We are excited to be involved with this amazing opportunity for WWE fans to watch their favorite Superstars compete in a thrilling video game competition."

"JAKKS Pacific is proud to once again be part of this year's big pre-WrestleMania THQ Superstar Challenge," said Nelo Lucich, vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. "The anticipation of the WWE video game competition is always a highlight of WrestleMania weekend."

About The THQ Superstar Challenge

The fourth annual THQ Superstar Challenge will take place at the House of Blues in downtown Chicago on Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. A total of 16 Superstars will compete in a bracket-style tournament to decide who will be crowned the ultimate competitor on THQ/JAKKS Pacific's WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 video game. Reigning Challenge champion Shelton Benjamin(TM) will defend his title while the competition threatens to steal the show and earn bragging rights among fellow Superstars and WWE fans.

Following the video game competition, Atlantic Records recording artist Shinedown will command the House of Blues stage. Touring in support of Us And Them, the hard-rocking Jacksonville, Florida band's second album and follow-up to its 2003 platinum debut, Leave A Whisper, Shinedown is poised to support the THQ Superstar Challenge prior to WrestleMania 22 at Allstate Arena on Sunday, April 2.

THQ Superstar Challenge is open to the public. Tickets are $20 each and went on sale through Ticketmaster beginning March 11.

THQ Superstar Challenge Participants

RAW Roster: Shelton Benjamin, Chris Masters(TM), Lita(R), Edge(R), John Cena(R), Carlito(TM), Rob Van Dam(R), Trish Stratus(R) and Coach(TM) (host)

SmackDown Roster: Steven Richards(TM), Paul London(TM), Orlando Jordan(TM), Melina(TM), Mercury(TM), Nitro(TM), Kristal(TM), Ken Kennedy(TM) and Teddy Long(TM) (host)

* Participant roster subject to change