April 6, 2014
With three-X’s behind the next installment of WrestleMania, some might think it’s Triple-X rated. While that may be partially true, it also denotes – in Roman numerals – the number 30. The 30th annual staging of the WWE WrestleMania is coming to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on April 6, 2014.
Tickets for “The Super Bowl of Professional Wrestling” go on sale Saturday, November 16 at 10:00 Central Time and early purchases are strongly advised. For last year’s WrestleMania 29 in New Jersey, more than 52,000 of the 80,000 total tickets sold on the first day.
Ticket prices range from $25-$850. There will also be a limited number of “Gold Circle” VIP Packages available for $2,000. The Gold Circle packages include seating in the first four rows ringside, a Gold Circle VIP Stadium Entrance, a collectible WrestleMania 30 ticket holder and the commemorative WrestleMania 30 take-home folding chair.
To avoid long lines and long waits at the Superdome box office, you can order your WrestleMania tickets online at any number of ticketing websites. Among them are Ticketmaster, Ticket Liquidator, ConcertTicketCenter and through the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) website itself. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.
WrestleMania is also one of the world’s most widely watched Pay Per View events on cable television, logging over one million viewers in 2012. For those who can’t get tickets for the live event at the Superdome there are very likely to be any number of sports bars around the city tuned in to the event – especially in the French Quarter.
Aptly termed a “pop-culture extravaganza,” WrestleMania is more than just a one day event: it is a week-long celebration. WWE will take over New Orleans during WrestleMania Week with a wide range of special events. In addition to WrestleMania XXX, other activities will include:
- WrestleMania Axxess – WWE’s four-day, interactive fan festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
- The 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the New Orleans Arena
- “Monday Night Raw” at the New Orleans Arena and other activities designed to give back to the host community including the WrestleMania Reading Challenge and “Be a Star” anti-bullying rallies.
Additional information on these and other events will be announced in the coming months at www.wrestlemania.com. And, since this is New Orleans – world-renowned for its music, food and ability to successfully stage large-scale events – WrestleMania visitors can expect musical entertainment, culinary offerings and other special happenings. These events will be posted on this website as they become known.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is the successor to a long line of pro wrestling sanctioning organizations dating back more than 60 years. Founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1952, it is currently the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world, reaching 13 million viewers in the U.S. and broadcasting its shows to more than 150 countries in 30 languages.
WWE wrestling is more a form of audience entertainment than a legitimate sport. Its matchups are not sanctioned as true professional wrestling contests. Instead, its programs feature storyline-driven combat sport matches with predetermined outcomes and fighting maneuvers that are rehearsed and choreographed by the wrestlers so as to avoid or minimize injuries on their opponents.
For well over a century, since wrestling became a popular spectator sport, its grapplers have taken on colorful nicknames and roles. From “Strangler” Lewis and Yusuf “The Terrible Turk” of the late 1800s/early 1900s to “Hulk” Hogan and “The Undertaker” of more recent vintage, wrestlers have entertained millions of people around the world, both in person and in the media. Women, as well as men, have made their mark on the “sport” for many years.
Wrestlers have been deliberately cast as “good guys/gals” and “bad guys/gals,” in order to hype their contests as “grudge matches.” Title belts conferred on pre-designated “champions” are often paraded around the rings of championship matchups, while the media covering the events add to the circus-like atmosphere. Even the wrestlers’ managers themselves get into the act, hurling boasts, threats and more into the pre-match buildup and the post-match commentary.
Today’s WWE Chairman & CEO is Vince McMahon, grandson of the sanctioning organization’s founder. As “the man everybody loves to hate,” he has been involved in countless scrapes with wrestlers’ managers and some of the wrestlers themselves. However, in most cases, these dust-ups are part of the overall staged hype leading up to a WWE event.
McMahon calls WWE wrestling “a combination of sport, rock concert, entertainment and excitement.” Visitors to New Orleans next spring can look forward to sharing that excitement when WrestleMania XXX “hits” town.