The superstars of WWE take over Bourbon Street for WrestleMania 34 Sunday, April 8 from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The sports entertainment leader is going all out this year with the ladies taking center stage.
New signing Ronda Rousey looks to make a big splash transitioning from the UFC octagon to the WWE squared circle. She teams with Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle to face Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. By the same token Asuka, winner of the first all-female Royal Rumble, is gearing up to put her unprecedented win streak on the line in hopes of winning SmackDown Live championship gold. Standing in her way is Charlotte Flair, paving her own way in the same profession father Ric Flair enjoyed a Hall of Fame career. With the “Women’s Revolution” in full swing, the importance of WrestleMania is not lost on “Queen” of the blue brand.
“Stars from every walk of life come to WWE’s biggest event of the year and each year WWE continues to surpass expectations,” she said. “We go all out for WrestleMania; from elaborate ring entrances and flashy ring gear, to pulling out the most incredible athletic moves. WrestleMania is our reward; we work hard all year for a spot on the card because that is what it is all about for us.”
The last time Mardi Gras country hosted the grand spectacle Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss were mere extras in Triple H’s elaborate entrance. It gave them their first taste of what being in front of more than 75,000 fans was like. Today they are in main events, breaking barriers and making history. Even with all the success, Banks, who can count cousin Snoop Dogg as one of her major fans, believes WrestleMania is the ultimate dream for any performer.
“I have competed in two,” Banks, competing in the first ever Women’s Battle Royal at ‘Mania, said. “Nothing compares to competing live in front of that electric crowd. Now I am focused on having my moment. This is our Super Bowl. It is what every Superstar wants and prepares for all year long. It’s a can’t miss event.”
On the men’s side, Brock Lesnar headlines against Roman Reigns. Royal Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura gets his opportunity against the SmackDown Live title holder AJ Styles. In an unexpected twist Daniel Bryan returns to the ring teaming with Shane McMahon versus Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. A new cruiserweight champion will also be crowned in the “Big Easy” in a Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander tournament final. Top names including Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, The Miz, Braun Strowman, Randy Orton, Nia Jax, Bayley and a cast of others are preparing to compete in some serious battles in the Bayou.
WrestleMania 34 is on track to bring big business and audiences. Four years ago, the extravaganza in NOLA broke the Superdome record for an entertainment event, grossing $10.9 million. More than 1.3 million households globally were able to witness the show on WWE Network with others viewing on Pay-Per-View. That number grew as WWE reported 1.95 million total subscribers to the network during the grand show in 2017.
WrestleMania 34 airs on 7/6c Sunday, April 8 on Pay-Per-View and WWE Network