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A wild weekend of wrestling in New Orleans

Jules Bentley on all the official Wrestlemania events — and all the unofficial goings-on

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Official Wrestlemania Events


WWE WrestleMania Axxess

• Thu.-Fri. April 3-4, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
• Sat. April 5, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m., 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
• Sun. April 6, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.,
504-583-3000;
www.mccno.com

Each session of Axxess includes live wrestling matches, elaborate memorabilia displays and interactive experiences, plus appearances by some of the biggest past and present stars of the WWE. Tickets $56.70 general admission, $108.10-190.40 VIP, available at www.ticketmaster.com.


WWE Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony

• Sat. April 5, 8 p.m.

Smoothie King Center
1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 504-587-3663;
www.smoothiekingcenter.com

WWE and its fans celebrate pro wrestling's greats with induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. The late Gulf Coast wrestling legend Paul Bearer is among this year's honorees. Tickets $35.85-$170.75, available at www.ticketmaster.com


WrestleMania XXX

• Sun. April 6, 5:30 p.m.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, 504-587-3663;
www.superdome.com

Six-time world champion Dave Batista challenges Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Tickets start at $34.10, available at at www.ticketmaster.com

 

WWE Monday Night RAW

• Mon. April 7, 6:30 p.m.

Smoothie King Center
1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 504-587-3663;
www.smoothiekingcenter.com

Be part of the live audience for the filming of WWE Monday Night RAW — if you can find a ticket. The event already is sold out, but will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on the USA Network.

 



Thu Apr 3

Ringside: An Evening with Jim Ross
5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. — House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999; www.houseofblues.com)
Few have seen as much, done as much and know as much about pro wrestling as Jim Ross, considered one of the industry's greatest announcers. The barbecue sauce-slinging, so-called "potentate of podcasting" joins fans for two special shows, during which he discusses his experiences and takes questions. Tickets $40 general admission, $82 VIP, available at www.ticketmaster.com


EVOLVE
8 p.m., — McAlister Auditorium (Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., www.tulane.edu)
EVOLVE puts the emphasis on in-ring action, demanding adherence to sportsmanship and eliminating distractions like outside interference and cheating. This strict approach attracts hot new talent and results in pure, bell-to-bell pro wrestling. Tickets $9.99-$24.99, available at www.wwnlive.com.


Jake "the Snake" Roberts: Astonishing True Stories from Wrestling's Original Snake
8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. — Jax Brewery Bistro (Jax Brewery, 620 Decatur St., 504-333-6671; www.jacksonbrewerybar.com)
Jake Roberts is one of pro wrestling's most unforgettable villains. After a career filled with eliciting nightmares in fans of all ages, Roberts faced down his own nightmare of addiction and mental illness. The 2014 WWE Hall of Famer will appear at a VIP meet-and-greet session at 7:30 p.m., and will share stories about his life and redemption. Tickets $40 general admission, $100 VIP, available at www.thesnake.xorbia.com/jake-the-snake-neworleans.


TNM presents Colt Cabana & Friends Wrestling Movie Commentary
9:30 p.m. — The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St., 504-302-8264; www.newmovementtheater.com/new-orleans)
The New Movement presents Colt Cabana, who combines technical wrestling skills and live comedy, providing running commentary on wrestling-related filmography. Tickets $10, available at www.newmovementtheater.com/colt/

 


Fri Apr 4

Mid-South Legends Fanfest: Breakfast of Champions Q&A
9:30 a.m. — Sigur Civic Center (8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 504-278-1506; cwww.sigurenter.com)
The Rock-n-Roll Express and Midnight Express tag teams join their former manager Jim Cornette and superstar Bill Dundee to powerslam pancakes and answer audience questions about their careers and successes. Tickets $19 general admission (day sessions), $15-$30 individual night matches, $99-$149 VIP, available at www.midsouthlegends.com


MidSouth Legends Fanfest: Autographs & Photo Ops
11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Sigur Civic Center (8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 504-278-1506; www.sigurcenter.com)
Autographs and photo ops with stars from Mid-South Wrestling such as Cowboy Bill Watts, Jim Cornette, Kamala the Ugandan Giant, Mr. Wrestling II, Mr. Olympia Jerry Stubbs, the Fantastics, SoCal Val, Rock-n-Roll Express, Midnight Express, Sheepherder Luke, Dark Journey and Porkchop Cash. Autograph sessions are from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Tickets $19 general admission (day sessions), $99-$149 VIP, photo ops $20-$30, available at www.midsouthlegends.com.


A Wrestling Odyssey
3 p.m. — McAlister Auditorium (Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., www.tulane.edu)
  Four major title matches from the hottest independent wrestling promotions include Combat Zone Wrestling, the all-women promotion SHINE, and "One Man" Mike Dell defending New Orleans' Wildkat Heavyweight Title against "The Exclamation Point" Steve Anthony. Tickets $9.99-$24.99, available at www.wwnlive.com


Diamond Dallas Page's Wrestlemania Yoga Workshop
5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank (275 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 504-366-8535; www.ihg.com/holidayinn)   Diamond Dallas Page has helped fellow wrestlers and everyday people change their lives with his own version of yoga. He'll lead a yoga session and offer advice on fitness and life. Tickets, $99.99, available at www.ddpyogaworkshops.com.


Cajun Style Dinner Q&A with Cowboy Bill Watts and Jim Cornette
5 p.m. — Sigur Civic Center (8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 504-278-1506; www.sigurcenter.com)
Break bread with two of the greats in pro wrestling: Jim Cornette and Mid-South's Bill Watts, the man who desegregated pro wrestling. Both are outspoken, fearless and controversial; expect spicy food and hot conversation. Tickets $19 general admission (day sessions), $15-$30 individual night matches, $99-$149 VIP, available at www.midsouthlegends.com


Ring of Honor: Supercard of Honor VIII
7 p.m. — John A. Alario Event Center (2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego, 504-349-5525; www.alariocenter.com)
Ring of Honor's grueling bouts include a cutting-edge mix of styles incorporating high-flying, Mexican lucha libre, mixed martial arts and old-school chain wrestling. Ring of Honor has been the source of many of WWE's top talents. Tickets $32.25-$91.45, available at www.rohwrestling.com.


A Night with Wrestling Legends
7:30 p.m. — House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999; www.houseofblues.com)
Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Scott "Razor Ramon" Hall host an evening of storytelling, answering questions and a pro-wrestling celebration. There are door prizes, photo opportunities, autograph sessions and surprise celebrity guests. Tickets $98 general admission in advance, $125 general admission day of show, $500 VIP, available at www.houseof- blues.com.


Mid-South Legends Fanfest: Battle Lines Wrestling
7:30 p.m. — Sigur Civic Center (8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 504-278-1506; www.sigurcenter.com)
Top-card competitors from multiple eras collide in dream combinations. Stars and local favorites include Rock 'n' Roll Express, Tommy Dreamer, Angelina Love, Steve Anthony, John Saxon and Vordell Walker. There's also an over-the-top rope Battle Royal held in honor of the late Junkyard Dog. Tickets $19 general admission (day sessions), $15-$30 individual night matches, $99-$149 VIP, available at www.midsouthlegends.com


Dragon Gate USA
8 p.m. — McAlister Auditorium (Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., www.tulane.edu)
The stars of EVOLVE collaborate and clash with the stars from Japan's Dragon Gate, creating a cross-cultural competition, featuring wild action and relaxed rules. Tickets $9.99-$24.99, available at www.wwnlive.com


The New Movement presents: Colt Cabana and Friends Wrestling Movie Commentary
9:30 p.m. — The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St., 504-302-8264; www.newmovementtheater.com/neworleans)
See Thursday, April 3 for event description and ticket information.


Kaiju Big Battel: Little Trouble in the Big Easy
11:55 p.m. — McAlister Auditorium (Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., www.tulane.edu)
"Giant" monsters crush blocks of elaborate miniature cityscape in this pro-wrestling spectacle that invokes Godzilla and the Power Rangers. Competitors include Cycloptopuss and Steam-Powered Tentacle Boulder. Tickets $9.99-$14.99, available at www.wwnlive.com.


World premiere of Meet Me There 11:59 p.m. — Prytania Theatre (5339 Prytania St., 504-891-2787; www.prytaniatheatreneworleans.com)
Based on the writings of Brandon Stroud, author of online wrestling column "With Leather," this new film touches on horror, suspense, romance and fear. The cast includes Dustin Runnels (WWE superstar Goldust), who will attend. The screening is part of the fifth annual FilmOrama. Tickets $11, available at neworleansfilmsociety.org.

 


Sat Apr 5

WrestleCon Session One
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — The Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Blvd., 504-586-0004; www.sugarmillevents.com)
Mickie James, a female professional wrestler and singer who rode in the 2014 Orpheus parade, will perform a concert, plus there's a Q&A session, an Art of Wrestling podcast with Colt Cabana and more. Celebrity photo ops and autographs are available for an extra charge. Tickets $25, available at www.wrestlecon.com.


Ring of Honor
2 p.m. — John A. Alario Event Center (2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego, 504-349-5525; www.alariocenter.com)
See Friday, April 4, for event descrption and ticket information.


SHIMMER Womens Wrestling
3 p.m. — McAlister Auditorium (Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., www.tulane.edu)
SHIMMER is a rare chance to witness what womens wrestling could and should be: a series of hard-fought matches in which the most talented female competitors from around the world — including the stars of Japanese joshi — fight fiercely. Tickets $9.99-$14.99, available at www.wwnlive.com


WrestleCon Session Two
7 p.m.-1 a.m. — The Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Blvd., 504-586-0004; www.sugarmillevents.com)
There's a variety show/comedy hour with Marty DeRosa, matches featuring talent from Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Combat Zone Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Powerslam Pro Wrestling and New Orleans' Wildkat Sports, plus a late-night after-party. Tickets $25, available at www.wrestlecon.com.


Dragon Gate USA
8 p.m. — McAlister Auditorium (Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., www.tulane.edu)
See Friday, April 4 for event description and ticket information.

 


Sun Apr 6


Kick-Ass Breakfast and Q&A with DDP
9 a.m.-11 a.m. — Round House Bar and Grill (Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank, 275 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 504-366-8535; www.ihg.com/holidayinn)
Pro wrestler and yoga innovator Diamond Dallas Page may or may not be manning the grill for breakfast, but fans can grill him about his career, his efforts to help others recover from substance abuse and more. Breakfast includes vegan and gluten-free options. Tickets $79.99, available at www.ddpyogaworkshops.com.


WrestleCon Sunday
10 a.m.-3 p.m. — The Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Blvd., 504-586-0004; www.sugarmillevents.com)
The Kevin Steen Show will be filmed live, plus see Steve Corino, participate in a wrestling trivia contest with Matt Striker, or mingle with women wrestling stars. Photo ops and autographs with star are available for an extra charge. Tickets $25, available at www.wrestlecon.com/speakers.

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