Wrestlemania arrives this week: Here's everything you need to know


Wrestlemania Axxess, April 5-8

Wrestlemania Axxess is a convention for WWE fans, with demonstration matches, opportunities to meet past, present and future Superstars, buy the best merch, etc. Somebody said that Wrestlemania Axxess was like Comic-Con for pro wrestling fans. Since Comic-con is always a blast, that's all the recommendation I need.

Wrestlemania Axxess takes place at the  Ernest Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.

Tickets are $55 to $190.  For a complete schedule of when the Superstars are available for autographs, and tickets, slam your finger down right here.

  • On Thursday, April 5, Wrestlemania Axxess  takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Look for appearances by Carmella, Jinder Mahal, Naomi, Samoa Joe, Aiden English, Nia Jax, The Dudley Boyz, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, Mandy and Sonya Deville, The Revival, Big Cass, WWE Legends, Superstars from NXT, 205 Live and others.
  • On Friday, April 6, Wrestlemania Axxess  takes place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Look for The Bludgeon Brothers, Paige, Ruby Riott, The New Day, Authors of Pain, Johnny Gargano, Breezango, Tye Dillinger, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, Pete Dunne, WWE Legends, Superstars from NXT, 205 Live, etc.
  • On Saturday, April 7, Wrestlemania Axxess  session 1 takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Look for Mark Henry, Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler, Becky Lynch, Baron Corbin, Mojo Rawley, Big Cass, Naomi, Kevin Nash, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, Dana Brooke, WWE Legends, Superstars from NXT, and 205 Live. (Note: I once beat future Hall of Famer Mark Henry in a thumb wrestling contest. No lie. He may tell you that he won. But technically he cheated by being a lot faster and more agile than me.)
  • On Saturday, April 7, Wrestlemania Axxess session 2 takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Look for Rusev and Aiden English, The Bella Twins, Cedric Alexander, The Revival, Paige, Jeff Jarrett, Lana, WWE Legends, Superstars from NXT, and 205 Live. (Note: I once got to meet the Bella Twins; feel free to envy me.)
  • On Saturday, April 7, Wrestlemania Axxess  session 3 takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Look for The Miz, Kane, Mickie James, Sheamus, Jinder Mahal, Alicia Fox, Beth Phoenix, Bray Wyatt, The Bludgeon Brothers, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, WWE Legends, Superstars from NXT, and 205 Live.
  • On Sunday, April 8, Wrestlemania Axxess  takes place from 8 a.m. to noon. Look for Trish Stratus, Apollo & Titus O'Neil, Lita, Bayley, Elias, Jason Jordan, Sin Cara, Kalisto, Aleister Black, Kevin Nash, DDP, Zack Ryder, WWE Legends, Superstars from NXT, and 205 Live

In this July 6, 1998, file photo, Bill Goldberg pins Scott Hall to the mat. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)

The 2018 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Friday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m.

The ceremony takes place at Smoothie King Center, beside the The Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 1501 Dave Dixon Drive. Tickets are $25 to $150.

Superstar Bill Goldberg, The Dudley Boyz, Ivory, Jeff Jarrett, Hillbilly Jim, Mark Henry, Celebrity Inductee Kid Rock and New Orleans-born Warrior Award recipient Jarrius "JJ" Robertson, who has fought it out with two liver transplants, will be welcomed into the hall.

Read:"Jarrius Robertson to receive The Warrior Award at WWE Hall of Fame ceremony."

NXT TAKE OVER, Saturday, April 7 at 6:15 p.m.

The five televised wrestling matches will take place at the Smoothie King Center, featuring emerging stars Andrade "Cien" Almas, Aleister Black, Ember Moon, Shayna Baszler, Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly and others. Tickets are $250 to $350.

WWE is taking over New Orleans for WrestleMania Week

There's autograph signings, charity events, Hall of Fame and four nights of wrestling matches

WrestleMania 34 Block Party, Sunday, April 8 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Champions Square, adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, with music by BandCamp and appearances by WWE Superstars. Free. 

Wrestlemania 34, Sunday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This is the big show, the tectonic  tipping of the universal scales, the peak of the week. Tickets range from $35 to $2000. The lineup includes the following mega matches.

  • Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
  • WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
  • Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
  • SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka
  • SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers (Triple Threat Match)
  • Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor
  • United States Champion Randy Orton vs. Bobby Roode vs Jinder Mahal vs. Rusev (Fatal 4-Way Match)
  • Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Monday Night Raw, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.). The televised series takes place at the Smoothie King Center.  Tickets are $200 to $600. 

Roman Reigns, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Sheamus, Cesaro, The Miz, Alexa Bliss, Finn Balor, Kurt Angle, Sahs Banks will compete. 

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