The whole wrestling world converges on the greater New Orleans area this week with WWE’s grandest spectacle Wrestlemania XXX with dozens of events for fans traveling into the area to take in the 'showcase of the immortals' at the Superdome on Sunday April 6. There are countless events including high profile wrestling shows by other promotions, autograph signings, charity fundraisers, comedy shows, and more. Fans making the Mania journey might overwhelmed by all the different things you can do before sit down in the Superdome on Sunday.
Pro Wrestling Examiner makes it easier here with one easy-to-read list of all the WWE and wrestling events to see along links to tickets and more info. If you are not making the trip to Louisana, check out the list of special Wrestlemania week shows airing on the WWE Network.
‘Ringside: An Evening with Jim Ross’ is a live spoken word show at House of Blues New Orleans with 2 shows on Thursday April 3. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. This show features WWE Hall of Famer broadcaster ‘Good ol’ JR’ Jim Ross sharing his 30 years plus of pro wrestling career with a live audience in an intimate setting. The event is hosted by ‘Live Audio Wrestling’ radio personality John Pollock and is expected to feature a Q&A session. Ross held a set of ‘Ringside’ shows in New York earlier this month, and the reviews by fans who attended were quite positive.
Dragon Gate USA brings it’s mix of Japanese strong-style and high flying action to Wrestlemania week once again with a 2 night stand at the McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University. on Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5. Both of these events will air on live internet pay-per-view through WWNlive.com, with roster lead by Open the Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano and Open the Dream Gate Champion Ricohet. If you are a fan of lucha libre wrestling, this is the show for you to see live especially if you have never heard of DGUSA before.
The McAllister Auditorium will remain busy with more live internet pay-per-view events on Friday April 4 airing on WWNLive.com including an all-star event independent talent called ‘A Wrestling Odyssey’, DGUSA’s sister promotion EVOLVE, and the comedic monsters-in-costume circus that is Kaiju Big Battle.
Diamond Dallas Page will be hosting a DDP Yoga workshop on Friday April 4 and a ‘Kick A**” Breakfast on Sunday April 6 at the Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank. Tickets and more info are available at www.ddpyogaworkshops.com. Also at the Westbank, Live Audio Wrestling's host John Pollock and Wai Ting will be doing a meet-up with fans of their popular podcast on Sunday afternoon from 12pm-2pm local time.
‘Big Daddy Cool’ Kevin Nash will be hosting a ‘Shenanigans Wolrd Order’ dinner party at the Hilton Garden Inn on Friday April 4 starting at 8pm with special guests including Al Snow, Lisa Maria Varon (Victoria), Scotty 2 Hotty, Grandmaster Sexay, Demolition, and more guests to be determined.
Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts and Scott Hall will be busy on Saturday accepting their inductions into the WWE Hall of Fame, but Friday April 5 at 8pm E they will host a ‘Night with Wrestling Legends’ Wrestlemania 30 party at the House of Blues New Orleans. The duo filmed a comedic video to promote even where they are ‘playing’ blues music, you can view that here. Be warned that this event has for tickets that start at $98 but as the video shows, but the teaser video claims their might be surprise guests.
Sirius XM Radio's Busted Open will be doing a live broadcast from Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar on Saturday April 5 from 2-4pm EST. Hosts Dave LaGrecca and Doug Mortman will be giving a live preview of WM30. Sirius XM has a lot of WWE related program this week, check it out here.
Wresltecon being held from Thursday April 3 through Sunday April 6 at the Surgar Mill Entertainment Complex is easily the biggest non-WWE event of the week. The event is easily the biggest wrestling fan convention outside of WWE’s Wrestlemania Axxess with an all star list of autograph signings including Sting, Adam ‘Edge’ Copeland, Bret Hart, Goldberg, Roddy Piper, Kevin Nash, Kurt Angle, Scott Hall, Diamond Dallas Page, Victoria, Rob Van Dam and many more notable names. The con will also feature some special shows as well including a live musical performance by former WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James, a must-see comedy show with ‘Worst Promo Ever’ comedian Marty Derosa, and special Q&A sessions with select names. As if all that was not enough Wrestlecon will have live wrestling featuring Jeff Jarrett, Masato Tanaka, Chris Hero, Colt Cabana, Kevin Steen, Joey Ryan, Candice LeRae, Luke Hawx, Cassidy Riley and more. For a full list of names, tickets, and more info about Wrestlecon, go to the official website.
Ring of Honor Wrestling’s Supercard of Honor VIII takes place on Friday April 4 at 7:30 pm E and followed by a TV taping on Saturday April 5 at 2pm E. ROH always delivers it’s best outings during these Wrestlemania week shows, and the Supercard which is being filmed for DVD and internet pay-per-view has all the potential to be just that. ROH World Champion Adam Cole takes on Jay Briscoe in a Ladder War Match and a No DQ bout between Marc Briscoe and the talented Michael Bannett with former WWE diva Maria Kanellis in his corner. Check out all the announced match by ROH plus watch episode of ROH TV and get tickets at rohwrestling.com
WWE will have numerous socially positive charity events throughout the week in New Orleans working with charity groups including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hire Heroes USA, BeaStar Anti-Bullying, the Special Olympics, Ochsner Children’s Health Center, and the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. Thursday night at the New Orleans Museum of Art WWE's John Cena, Daniel Bryan, the Miz, the Big Show, and the Bella Twins team with New Orleans Saint's quaterback Drew Brees and comedic actor Marlon Wayans for Superstar for Kids. The charity event will benefit the Brees Dream Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs. You can enter your bids on the items and experiences being auctioned at charitybuzz.com/WWE.
WWE Wrestlemania Fan Axxess Fest runs Thursday April 3 thru Sunday April 6 at the New Orleans Convention Center. This interactive fan convention will feature autograph signings with the biggest wrestling stars of the WWE including Daniel Bryan, John Cena, the Undertaker, Randy Orton, and almost every wrestler on the active roster appearing. WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino also doing select signings during the fest. If you are looking to meet a specific superstar or legend, you should check the official schedule for Axxess because some of the signings are VIP exclusives which cost more than the regular general admission tickets. Axxess will also feature a sideshow of special exhibits and live wrestling action with the NXT superstars who are trying to earn a spot on ‘RAW’ and ‘Smackdown’ in the future. Camera crews will be filming a lot of content here for the WWE Network as well including live talk shows and more.
2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be at the New Orleans Arena (Smoothie King Center) on Saturday April 5, and starts at 8pm E. This year’s class of legends to be inducted includes the Ultimate Warrior, Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts, Lita, Razor Ramon, Carlos Colon, and special celebrity honoree Mr. T. Note if you are going to come out to classy event, dress classy as this Examiner has heard tails of some fans treating the Hall of Fame as just another wrestling show with their unfit attire. You can save the t-shirts for Sunday! If you are not in New Orleans, this show will be aired live on the WWE Network uncut and uncensored for the first time.
WWE Wrestlemania Pre-Show live on WWE Network on Sunday April 6 (5pm E)
Now this particular may not be a treat for fans attending WM30 live, but this will be a real teaser for fans watching around the United States watching on the WWE Network. This 2 hour pre-show will also test the tech muscle of the Network and if it can handle the demand on a relatively new platform for pay-per-view events.
WWE Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday April 6 (7pm E) will air live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network. Some tickets are still available for WM30 if you suddenly decide to trip down to Louisiana to see the show. Be sure to check back here to Pro Wrestling Examiner for full coverage of this ‘show of shows’.
WWE RAW will be held on Monday April 7 at the Smoothie King Center (formerly known as New Orleans Arena) The show will feature a ‘Superstars’ taping and live RAW Pre-show broadcast before the first RAW after WM30 goes live on the USA Network at 8pm E.
If you are looking to do something outside the ring of pro wrestling and just enjoy the sights in New Orleans, check out articles from New Orleans Tourism Examiner Tiffany Claverie.