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Posted: Wednesday March 14, 2007 1:20PM; Updated: Friday March 16, 2007 4:21PM
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Either Donald Trump or Vince McMahon will be shaved bald at Wrestlemania 23.
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When Donald Trump got into a verbal smackdown with Rosie O'Donnell back in December, many in the media said it had all the makings of a perfect WWE showdown. It was a suggestion that wasn't lost on Vince McMahon, who was in the process of making plans for WrestleMania 23 at the time.

During the feud the WWE chairman staged a faux fight between a fake Rosie and a fake Donald, which was won by "The Donald" after a "hairbutt." While we will never know what would have happened if the real Donald had stepped into the ring with the real Rosie, we'll get a taste of what would happen if the real Trump squared off against the real McMahon. Well, sort of.

After about two months of verbal jarring on television, McMahon and Trump will face each other in a "Hair vs. Hair" match at WrestleMania 23 on April 1 from Detroit's Ford Field. While "The Battle of Billionaires" will force the loser to have his head shaved bald, neither will actually wrestle in the match. Instead, each has picked a representative, with McMahon picking "The Samoan Bulldozer" Umaga and Trump choosing Bobby Lashley, who attended Missouri Valley College where he won three national wrestling championships between 1996 and 1998. The special guest referee for the match will be former WWE Champion "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

While this is Trump's first foray into professional wrestling as a participant, he is no stranger to WrestleMania as his Trump Plaza is still the only venue to house back-to-back WrestleManias (IV and V). The longstanding friendship between the two off-screen and their larger than life egos onscreen have made for some classic exchanges ("Your grapefruits are no match for my Trump Towers," said Trump. "I'm going to give you a billionaire bitch slap," said McMahon), culminating in Trump shoving McMahon over a desk in the ring after their contract signing on Monday.

• Are you the kind of person who picks their bracket by asking who would actually win between a Gator and a Wildcat or a Bulldog and a Lion? Well, you might actually get a chance to see how your bracket would have turned out (if you didn't already win your pool with that strategy already.)

After the success of Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl during the Super Bowl, the network is set to debut a special called Mascot Madness during the NCAA Tournament. The show, which will begin with one-hour countdown special on April 1 and will air during the Tournament, is being hosted by Animal Planet host Jeff Corwin and ESPN's Lee Corso. While they will be joined by several mascots in the studio the winner will be chosen from categories ranging from bears and bird to marsupials and sea creatures. There will also be special "wild card" categories for sidekicks, mythological creatures and most unusual creatures.

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