Monday, April 14, 2014

WrestleMania XXX: Day 2-Saturday, April 5th


The second day started with another Axxess session



WWE Hall of Famers, Howard Finkel and "Mean Gene" Okerlund took part in the special Legends House station to promote the show which premieres on The WWE Network on April 17th


 
Former WWE Referee & Andre the Giant's good friend, Tim White was spotted checking out Axxess
 
Brad Maddox


 
Believe in The Shield!
 
When Roman Reigns came to the table, the excited crowd erupted with YES! chants, but Reigns was quick to shut it down by shouting, "No!  I'm not Daniel Bryan!  I'm Roman Reigns!  Believe in The Shield!"
 
 
NXT was featured at Axxess with their own station that included their belts on display and each fan received a gift bag filled with an NXT poster and trading cards
 





Aiden English & Mason Ryan



The New WWE Divas Champion as well as Current NXT Women's Champion, Paige


 
Money in the Bank photo op




Scooby Doo drove The Mystery Machine into Axxess to hang out with The WWE Universe



 


Following Axxess, we decided to take in some of the sights of Bourbon Street and my oh my what a sight it was

Later that night, it was time to honor The WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014




 
 


 
In my opinion, this was the best Hall of Fame ceremony ever.  So entertaining and emotional.  A week later, you realize just how special that night and the weekend really was with the sudden passing of The Ultimate Warrior.  Just very thankful this lifelong fan which as a kid dressed up and painted his face to go trick or treating got to witness and celebrate his hero's final prestigious moments of glory. 
 
Previously, they've had a clock with a limited amount of time for each speech.  Well, needless to say, there were no such clock this year which gave each inductee plenty of time to share their journey, tell memorable stories, speak their mind and thank their mother.  This was awesome, but I'm pretty sure they will revert back to the clock next year since this year's ceremony went well over three hours long. 
 
Lita had a great speech about her adventures in Mexico to achieve her goal of training to become a professional wrestler in the home of lucha libre.  From Lita's fun stories and DDP's witty introduction of his time with his mentor, Jake Roberts, the mood suddenly changed once "The Snake" spoke.  Jake discussed how his love for wrestling destroyed his life and his family as he succumbed to drugs and alcohol.  Thanks to DDP, Jake "The Snake" Roberts has changed his ways and reunited with his family.  DDP also helped another one of this year's inductee's Razor Ramon.  It was cool seeing "The Bad Guy" make his signature entrance into the Hall of Fame along with his trademark toothpick and be joined on the stage by The Kliq.  Another highlight was seeing the return of Carlito to induct his father, Carlos Colon.  Carlito joked about being used to working bingo halls and high school gyms so the response sounded nice.
 
Of course, Mr. T brought the laughs even though he was just trying to tell everybody how he feels about his mother. 
 
The most exciting and heartwarming moment of the evening came when the lights went out and the gong hit as The Undertaker walked out with the legendary urn to pay homage to his longtime manager, Paul Bearer.  Ohhh yyyes!  It was a wonderful Hall of Fame indeed. 
 

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