WWE, E! join forces for “Superstars for Hope”


Miami Herald Writer

BEVERLY HILLS -- Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars joined many of the biggest WWE names at the “Superstars for Hope” event on Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The VIP party was hosted in collaboration with E! Entertainment Television in honor of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Flashbulbs flickered as WWE’s elite walked the red carpet alongside entertainers from movies, TV and professional sports. The media went into a frenzy when Vanessa Hudgens arrived. Paul Triple H Levesque and Stephanie McMahon posed with the breakout Disney actress/singer as cameras captured the moment. The WWE power couple was also snapped with E! president Suzanne Kolb.

Other dignitaries in attendance included Make-A-Wish CEO and President David Williams.

Many of the celebs brought their children including drummer Travis Barker and CNN’s Piers Morgan, who put his “Apprentice” feud with Omarosa Manigault on the back-burner for a good cause. Christina Millian, Ashley Bell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Ryan Cabrera and many others were on the guest list.

WWE divas such as Layla, Summer Rae, Rosa Mendes, Aksana, Kaitlyn, Cameron, Alicia Fox and Lilian Garcia rocked the carpet and looked flawless. The same could be said for “Total Divas” cast members Eva Marie and JoJo.

It was couple’s night for many on the roster, as Brie and Nikki Bella arrived with SummerSlam opponents Daniel Bryan and John Cena, respectively. Funkadactyly Naomi and Jimmy Uso were also hand-in-hand. The Miz brought his fiancée and former WWE diva Maryse, who was stunning.

CM Punk and Stone Cold Steve Austin went with their own style and the casual route in jeans. Dolph Ziggler and Fandango in their element in front of a sea of cameras. The Big Show, Mark Henry, Brodus Clay and Titus O’Neil always dress to impress.

Natalya, one of the stars of “Total Divas,” served as host for the evening and conducted interviews for WWE.

The event was presented by Beats by Dre.

WWE and E! have joined forces for the inaugural “Superstars for Hope” fundraising initiative to support Make-A-Wish. Fans have a chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences for WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans and an E! exclusive Hollywood experience. For every $10 fans and supporters contribute through partner Omaze, donors will receive five chances to win one of the two packages. For information or two donate, visit omaze.com/wwe or omaze.com/E!.

• Follow me on Twitter @smFISHMAN throughout the weekend for more SummerSlam coverage.

• WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view is 8 p.m. EST Sunday, Aug. 18 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Daniel Bryan challenges WWE champ John Cena (with guest referee Triple H).

CM Punk battles Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman.

Also, World champ Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Christian.

Kane vs. Bray Wyatt in a Rings of Fire match

Natalya vs. Brie Bella

Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow.

Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn vs. Big E Langston and AJ Lee

The Miz will be the awesome host of SummerSlam.

WWE rookie diva JoJo of “Total Divas” (10 p.m. EST Sundays on E!) will sing the National Anthem.

• The WWE SummerSlam pre-show is 7 p.m. EST, streaming live on WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo!, Samsung SMART TVs, Sony PlayStation 3, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Pheed.

U.S. champ Dean Ambrose of The Shield vs. Rob Van Dam.

There will be a pre-show panel including HBK Shawn Michaels, Booker T and Natalya.


• WWE Monday Night Raw (8 p.m. EST Mondays on USA Network)

WWE Main Event (8 p.m. EST Wednesdays on ION)

WWE SmackDown (8 p.m. EST Fridays on Syfy)

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