NEW ORLEANS (TheStreet) -- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) puts on events like no one else. Its performers and employees range from executives to those who put the ring together. The show is on the road for more than 300 days a year. Each show is designed to put a smile on fans' faces and keep them coming back for more.
For the past few days, I've been keeping a journal of my trip to New Orleans for WrestleMania 30, the "granddaddy of them all." With WrestleMania just hours away, the excitement was only bound to "rise above" (a phrase superstar John Cena has used time and again to overcome the odds).
Also See: WrestleMania 30: Day One Diary
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New Orleans is the perfect place to host a venue like this, bringing together the best of the entertainment world, celebrities, average Joes and Janes, the media and wrestling fans. There is no other place that has the atmosphere and party feel of a college town, coupled with a small town feel, suburbia and incredible food, all within a few miles of each other.
During the event, WWE noted WrestleMania 30 broke the record for the highest-grossing entertainment event in the history of the Mercedes-Benz
Superdome, grossing $10.9 million with a sell-out crowd of 75,167. WrestleMania 30 has the fifth-highest attendance for WrestleMania of all time, with WrestleMania 3 holding the distinction of having the most attendees ever: 93,173 screaming fans.
Next year's event is being held in Santa Clara, Calif., at the brand new Levi's Stadium. Should N'Awlins host WrestleMania again in the future? For that, I have one word. Yes!
(Editor's Note: I was able to take lots of pictures with my iPhone 5s, but wasn't able to upload them. I'll hopefully be able to compile them later this week).
Without further ado, here's the third part of my journal to New Orleans, with WrestleMania 30 as the ultimate culmination.
8:30 am: I've just woke up, after going out on Bourbon St. and having a blast. Still difficult to open eyes, indicating I have may had too much of a blast.
9:40 am: Really woke up. Wonder just how I managed to crawl into bed and put my pajamas on backwards.
10:22 am: Sitting here for close to an hour, trying to finish day 2 diary. Considering that 85% of it was written before I sat down, clearly this morning is going well.
11:32 pm: Got cleaned up and went on a walking tour in New Orleans' Garden District. Got to 1st St. and Magazine Boulevard. Saw the childhood home of Peyton and Eli Manning. Immediately felt the urge to throw untimely interceptions.
12:40 pm: After finishing the walking tour -- and seeing Colonel Villa's home, several mansions and the Women's Opera House -- had lunch at Mahony's Po-Boy's
. Had gumbo and a fried shrimp po boy sandwich. Both were good, but am in dire need of something healthy. Fear for my life.
1:52 pm: Get back to hotel and put myself on the scale. It reads, "One person at a time, please."
2:12 pm: Back on Bourbon St. to meet friends at Razzoo for a pre-WrestleMania drink and to experience the sight, sounds and smells of New Orleans' playground. Think that smell might be alcohol mixed with shame.
3:34 pm: Back to the hotel to shower, relax and nap a bit. Feel like a million bucks after the shower. For some reason, Ted DiBiase starts cackling in my room, saying "Everybody has a price."
4:45 pm: Left the hotel, walked over to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Thousands of crazy wrestling fans chanting, drinking and having a good time. This is what New Orleans is all about!!
Then it's on to the main event!