Monday, March 24, 2014

The calendar of positively everything during Wrestlemania weekend

Posted By on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Here it is — the world's most exhaustive calendar of all things happening during the weekend of Wrestlemania, which begins April 3. All listings are Central Daylight Time... but things sometimes change at the last minute, so be sure to confirm event details with the promotion itself. Many of these events will sell out, so buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

OFFICIAL WRESTLEMANIA EVENTS:

WWE WrestleMania Axxess
Thu.-Fri. April 3-4, 6 pm-10 pm
Sat. April 5, 8 am-12 pm, 1 pm-5 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Sun. April 6, 8 am- 2 pm
The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.

Want to hang out with the WWE? Here's your chance! More than a mere fan convention, each session of Axxess includes live wrestling matches, elaborate memorabilia displays and interactive experiences... plus of course the biggest WWE stars, past and present, for you to meet and get photos with or autographs from. Get tickets at ticketmaster.com

WWE Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony
Sat. April 5, 8pm, Smoothie King Center
WWE and its fans celebrate the achievements of pro wrestling's all-time greats. Always an emotional rollercoaster, this year's WWE Hall of Fame is stacked with both sure-fire tear-jerkers and some truly controversial choices. The late, beloved Gulf Coast wrestling icon known in WWE as Paul Bearer is among this year's honorees. Tickets at ticketmaster.com

WrestleMania XXX
Sun. April 6, 5:30pm, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
This is why everything else on this list exists. It's the Mardi Gras of this Spandex-clad miniature Carnival season. Nothing's bigger, nothing's better, nothing's more worthwhile. Tickets at ticketmaster.com. If you can't make it into the 'Dome, you can still watch live via pay-per-view... or on any Internet-connected device via the new WWE Network for only $9.99 a month.

WWE Monday Night RAW
Mon. April 7, 6:30pm, Smoothie King Center
The wildest live TV of the year, the post-WrestleMania RAW has become an occasion for the rowdy international audience to take over the show in surprising ways. It's already sold out, but you can find tickets via the usual online resale marketplaces or watch live on the USA Network at 7pm.

OTHER EVENTS:

THURSDAY April 3:

Ringside: An Evening with Jim Ross
Two shows: 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm, House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
Few have seen as much, done as much and know as much about pro wrestling as Jim Ross, the industry's all-time greatest announcer. Now the BBQ sauce-slinging "potentate of podcasting" joins fans for two special shows in which he discusses his experiences and takes no-holds-barred questions. Tickets going fast; get yours at ticketmaster.com

EVOLVE
8pm, McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave.
EVOLVE puts the emphasis on in-ring action by demanding adherence to sportsmanship and eliminating distractions like outside interference and cheating. This stricter approach attracts some of the hottest new talent and results in pure, bell-to-bell pro wrestling. Tickets and info at www.wwnlive.com

Jake "the Snake" Roberts: Astonishing True Stories from Wrestling's Original Snake
8:30pm - 10:30pm, Jax Brewery Bistro, Jax Brewery, 620 Decatur St.
Jake Roberts is one of pro wrestling's most unforgettable villains. After a career giving fans of all ages nightmares, he fought through his own nightmare of addiction and mental illness. Beginning with a VIP meet-and-greet at 7:30, this 2014 WWE Hall-of-Famer will share stories and secrets from his life, times and redemption. Tickets at thesnake.xorbia.com/jake-the-snake-neworleans

TNM presents Colt Cabana & Friends Wrestling Movie Commentary
9:30pm, The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St.
NOLA's The New Movement presents Colt Cabana, a globe-trotting grappler whose synthesis of technical wrestling skill and live comedy has made him one of pro wrestling's hottest items. Colt and friends will provide running MST3k-style commentary on some of the rougher diamonds in the rasslin'-related filmography. Different movie each night! www.newmovementtheater.com/colt/


FRIDAY April 4:

Mid-South Legends Fanfest: Breakfast of Champions Q&A
9:30am, Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette
Two all-time great tag-teams, the Rock-n-Roll Express and Midnight Express, join their former manager Jim Cornette and Superstar Bill Dundee to powerslam pancakes and take your questions about their careers and their often-imitated but never-duplicated success. Tickets & more info at www.midsouthlegends.com

MidSouth Legends Fanfest: Autographs & Photo Ops
11am - 5pm (two sessions), Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette
Autographs and photo ops with names from our area's revered Mid-South Wrestling promotion. Meet and greet icons like 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. www.midsouthlegends.com

A Wrestling Odyssey
3pm, McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave.
Four major title matches from the hottest independent wrestling promotions: The brutality of Combat Zone Wrestling, the thrilling all-women promotion SHINE, and in a match likely to steal the show, the infuriating "One Man" Mike Dell must defend New Orleans' own Wildkat Heavyweight Title against "The Exclamation Point" Steve Anthony. Tickets and info at www.wwnlive.com

Diamond Dallas Page's Wrestlemania Yoga Workshop
5pm - 8pm, Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank, 275 Whitney Ave., Gretna
Diamond Dallas Page has changed the lives of his fellow wrestlers as well as many everyday people with his own bad-ass version of yoga. He'll lead a DDP yoga session, give some fitness and life advice, and set you on the path to a happier, healthier you! www.ddpyogaworkshops.com

Cajun Style Dinner Q&A with Cowboy Bill Watts and Jim Cornette
5pm, Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette
Break bread and settle scores with two of the greatest minds in pro wrestling, Jim Cornette and Mid-South's own revolutionary Bill Watts, the man who desegregated pro wrestling. Both are outspoken, fearless and controversial. Spicy food and red-hot conversation! Tickets & more info at www.midsouthlegends.com

Ring of Honor: Supercard of Honor VIII
7pm, Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego
Long the favorite promotion of many "insider" fans, 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. The source of many of WWE's top talents, Ring of Honor has reinvented itself over the years to remain on pro wrestling's forefront. Tickets at rohwrestling.com

Mid-South Legends Fanfest: Battle Lines Wrestling
7:30pm, Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette
Top-card competitors from multiple eras collide in "what-if?" dream combinations. Stars and local favorites like the Rock'n'Roll Express, Tommy Dreamer, Angelina Love, Steve Anthony, John Saxon and Vordell Walker, plus an over-the-top-rope Battle Royal held in honor of the late great Junkyard Dog. Tickets & more info at www.midsouthlegends.com

An Evening with Wrestling Legends
8pm, House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
Hosted by Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Scott “Razor Ramon” Hall, doors at 7:30. These two legends host a freewheeling storytelling, Q&A and pro-wrestling celebration. They might even play a few tunes. Door prizes, photo ops, autographs and some big-name surprise celebrity guests. www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=87019

Dragon Gate USA
8pm, McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave.
The stars of EVOLVE collaborate and clash with the hottest stars from Japan's Dragon Gate promotion, creating a unique cross-cultural competition. In this 'Mania weekend staple, wild action and relaxed rules make for an environment in which anything's possible. Tickets and info at www.wwnlive.com

The New Movement presents: Colt Cabana & Friends Wrestling Movie Commentary
9:30pm, The New Movement, 1919 Burgundy St.
NOLA's The New Movement presents Colt Cabana, a globe-trotting grappler whose synthesis of technical wrestling skill and live comedy has made him one of pro wrestling's hottest items. Colt and friends will provide running MST3k-style commentary on some of the rougher diamonds in the rasslin'-related filmography. Different movie each night! www.newmovementtheater.com/colt/

Kaiju Big Battel: Little Trouble in the Big Easy
11:55pm, McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave.
"Giant" monsters crush blocks of elaborate miniature cityscape in this insanely entertaining pro-wrestling spectacle that invokes Godzilla and the Power Rangers. Outrageous competitors like Cycloptopuss and Steam-Powered Tentacle Boulder will rampage their way into your heart. Get more info and tickets at www.wwnlive.com

World premiere of feature film Meet Me There
11:59pm, Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St.
Based on the writings of Brandon Stroud, author of online wrestling column With Leather, this new film "blurs the lines between horror, suspense, romance, and fear." The cast includes Dustin Runnels, better known as longtime cult favorite WWE Superstar Goldust; Runnels will be in attendance. Part of the 5th Annual FilmOrama: Tickets & info at neworleansfilmsociety.org

SATURDAY April 5:

WrestleCon Session One
10 am-5pm, The Sugar Mill, 1021 Convention Center Blvd.
The awesome, gorgeous, marvelous Mickie James (a 2014 Orpheus rider!) in concert, a Q&A with Goldberg, an Art of Wrestling podcast with Colt Cabana and more. For an additional charge, you can get photos and autographs from a staggering array of superstar guests: lineup at www.wrestlecon.com/speakers/

Ring of Honor
2pm, Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego
Long the favorite promotion of many "insider" fans, 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. The source of many of WWE's top talents, Ring of Honor has reinvented itself over the years to remain on pro wrestling's forefront. Tickets at rohwrestling.com

SHIMMER Women's Wrestling
3pm, McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave.
SHIMMER is a too-rare chance to witness what women's wrestling could and should be: not a modeling contest or demeaning cheesecake show but a series of hard-fought, exciting matches in which the most talented female competitors from around the globe— including the stars of Japanese joshi — vie fiercely for victory. Tickets at www.wwnlive.com

WrestleCon Session Two
7pm - 1am, The Sugar Mill, 1021 Convention Center Blvd.
A variety/comedy hour with Marty DeRosa, and at 8pm, an Indie Supershow of matches featuring talent from Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Combat Zone Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Powerslam Pro Wrestling and New Orleans' own Wildkat Sports! Come root for our boys, then enjoy a late-night afterparty. See more at www.wrestlecon.com

Dragon Gate USA
8pm, McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave.
The stars of EVOLVE collaborate and clash with the hottest stars from Japan's Dragon Gate promotion, creating a unique cross-cultural competition. In this WrestleMania weekend staple, wild action and relaxed rules make for an environment in which anything's possible. Tickets and info at www.wwnlive.com



SUNDAY April 6:

Kick-Ass Breakfast and Q&A with DDP
9am - 11am, Roundhouse Bar and Grill (the Crescent Room), 275 Whitney Ave., Gretna
Diamond Dallas Page is a star pro wrestler, yoga innovator, loyal friend and all-around mensch. He may or may not be manning the grill, but you can grill him about his career, his work helping others through recovery, his experience Saturday night at the Hall of Fame inducting Jake Roberts, and more! Healthy breakfast with vegan & gluten-free options. www.ddpyogaworkshops.com

WrestleCon Sunday
10am - 3pm, The Sugar Mill, 1021 Convention Center Blvd.
A live Kevin Steen Show, live "Old School with Steve Corino," a wrestling trivia contest with Matt Striker, and "the ladies of wrestling in their wrestling attire taking Deluxe Photo Ops in the Official WrestleCon wrestling ring." For an additional charge, you can get photos and autographs from various superstar guests: lineup at www.wrestlecon.com/speakers/



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