WWE and New Orleans go back a long way. Many WWE Hall of Famers got their start here, including Jake "The Snake" Roberts, "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, The Fabulous Freebirds and The Junkyard Dog.
Many of WWE's biggest events have unfolded here over the years, including the legendary 2001 Royal Rumble that included championship victories for three of the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame inductees. At that event, Ivory defended her Women's Championship against Chyna and the Dudley Boyz won the WWE Tag Team Championships from Edge and Christian. (For more WWE New Orleans history, check out our special "Top 10 WWE NOLA Moments" on page 6).
Of course, nothing can compare to the pageantry and spectacle of WrestleMania. As its popularity has grown, WrestleMania has expanded into a week's worth of events, including the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, NXT TakeOver, Monday Night Raw and now SmackDown Live on Tuesday ... all in New Orleans beginning this Friday! Last year's WrestleMania sold out five consecutive nights of live events in Orlando, Florida, proving the WWE Universe's insatiable appetite for WWE action.
This will be the second WrestleMania in New Orleans and 2014's WrestleMania 30 offered no shortage of jaw-dropping moments. It started off with surprise appearances from "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock joining host Hulk Hogan in a history making moment.
The hero of WrestleMania 30 was mega-popular underdog Daniel Bryan, who defeated longtime adversary Triple H to win entry into the night's main event Championship match. There, under the bright lights on the grandest stage of them all, Bryan overcame the odds against both Batista and Randy Orton to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It was an iconic "WrestleMania Moment," the culmination of a tremendous hero's journey.
When it comes to WrestleMania New Orleans' moments, however, it's hard to think of any occurrence at any WrestleMania anywhere — maybe in live entertainment ever — to equal the impact and shock of Brock Lesnar ending The Undertaker's 21-year WrestleMania undefeated streak.
WrestleMania 30 holds the record for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome's highest-grossing entertainment event. It was a WrestleMania for the ages, but all signs point to WrestleMania 34 topping it, providing a new batch of indelible New Orleans WWE memories for fans all over the world. Who will make history this year?