Monday, 9 November 2015

Epilogue: The RAW after Mania [07/04/14]

It was the morning after WrestleMania and we were going to a swamp tour to check out the bayous, swamps and alligators in New Orleans. We were booked with the Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours group, as were so many wrestling fans. In some ways I couldn't think of a better activity than this for the morning after. It was a touristy activity to soak in some of the environment of the Big Easy, and at the same time I could be big lazy too. To be fair, WrestleMania so full of emotions and energy is a pretty exhaustive experience, and I guess what I'm trying to get across is that this activity was perfect for catching our breathe a little. On top of that as I mentioned, most of the people on these swamp boat tours were also wrestling fans.

Shanks was probably more devastated than anyone else about The Undertaker having lost his undefeated streak the night before. Don't get me wrong, we all were, but the wind was really knocked out of his sails. We met a fellow wrestling fan on the swamp tour who had just met Taker the morning before and he told us about his experience. It was unfathomable - if you would have said that 24 hours ago Undertaker was going to lose his undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Nonetheless the Swamp Tour served as a good distraction and there was something peaceful about drifting down the bayous surrounded by alligators on a nice Monday morning. Holding the baby gator was awesome, and the lil guy felt like creased leather almost. I would definitely recommend you check it out if you're ever down there.

After the Swamp Tour Rihan and I decided to check out Mardi Gras World as I was really leaving it down to the wire to pick up a couple of souvenirs for the folks back at home.

Luckily I did find a few things that would do, and we even got to see many of the floats, as this is where they were stored when they weren't on parade during Mardi Gras. That's another time of year that I would love to come back to this city in, I'm assuming that would be another great experience. I'm not sure if I mentioned this before in previous posts but people I had spoken to (and stories I had heard) had said that they would go back to New Orleans, just to eat the food. At the time I heard this I thought that that was pretty ridiculous. However, after eating some New Orleans very own recipe for jambalaya, I'm putting it on the bucket list to go back some day and have some of that! Preferably during Mardi Gras :)

Rihan decided to go for the full tour of Mardi Gras World, where they would dress him up, and doll him up so he could get his picture taken and look like a fairy. I wish I could share that picture, but I can't. Not because I don't want to but because I can't find it! :) If I ever do, I'll post it, don't you worry about that! I opted not to go for the full tour as I wanted to get back and start packing and just be prepared for heading out for our flights the following morning. I can't leave things like that till the very last minute because my brain won't work under that kind of pressure. The way I saw it, just pack most of my stuff back into the suitcase and that way we could enjoy RAW, and maybe some time on the town after that, and be good to go the next day - rather than worrying about trying to do all that with a potential hangover. Not saying that it would have been guaranteed but it's good to plan ahead :)

Monday Night RAW:

The show would open with Daniel Bryan, with one of the most deafeningly loud crowds that's I've ever had the privilege of being a part of - damn we made a lot of noise! I knew it came through on TV as I recall texting back and forth with Anuj who stayed up late to watch RAW from home. He sent me one message about how insanely loud the "You deserve it" chants were, that were directed at the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan. I remember when Bryan said: "You guys never get tired, do ya?" and the arena exploded with "NO!" chants. It was ELECTRIC in that building.

The night had a 'changing of the guard' feel, almost like a new era was beginning with all the promos featuring superstars from NXT (the likes of Rusev, Adam Rose, Bo Dallas and even Paige) who were making their transitions onto the main roster. Not to mention the Undertaker's streak ending an era of destruction as well as other changes - such as Cesaro becoming a Paul Heyman guy.

Speaking of Paul Heyman, it was a given that he would be on RAW to brag about his managing of the Beast, Brock Lesnar and their monumental victory over the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX.

Rob Van Dam would make his WWE return, which was pretty cool for us since we'd met him at WrestleCon on Saturday and had bumped into him on Bourbon Street earlier too as he walked by.

Going back to the aforementioned NXT superstars, we got to see the dominant debut of the Bulgarian Brute, Rusev - who's theme was overly loud, I distinctly remember his theme. Along with the ravishing Russian, Lana. Rusev would go on to CRUSH Zack Ryder.

One of the many great highlights of that Monday night RAW was when for the first time in many years, The Ultimate Warrior came out to speak to the WWE Universe for the last time.

Having the Ultimate Warrior as part of WrestleMania week and the 30th anniversary celebrations was truly something epic, something special. Something once in a lifetime. I am truly glad that we were able to be a part of it all with him because this would indeed be the last time as we would soon find out.

AJ Lee had successfully defended her Divas Championship the previous night at WrestleMania, but would end up in an impromptu match against Paige on RAW - who beat AJ for the championship! What a shocker that was! Paige - the first woman to hold both the NXT Women's and WWE Divas championships at the same time - adding to the already rich history we were able to witness during this week.

As I alluded to earlier, Cesaro would become a Paul Heyman guy, soon after Hogan presented Cesaro with the trophy. The perfect mouthpiece for a great professional wrestler like Cesaro!

In the main event, Triple H would challenge Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship - with the Shield and the rest of the Authority given their marching orders. However, in a dire situation for Daniel Bryan - he was assaulted by Orton and Batista in the ring prior to the match taking place. With the Authority at ringside, Triple H would make his way to the ring and ask referee Mike Chioda if he wanted to keep his job, and if so, to ring the bell! Chioda had no choice. The match was about to get underway.

Enter - The Hounds of Justice! Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins would make their way down to the ring from the crowd and even the odds and clear the ring of the Authority. The Shield officially turned it's back on the Authority!

The RAW after WrestleMania delivered above and beyond expectations, aside from the little fact that Sting was nowhere to be seen. For me being a huge Sting fan, it was a little disappointing, but not enough to take away from what a outstanding RAW we were able to be a part of that night in the New Orleans Arena.

Coming Home:

After RAW we went out to grab our last dinner in New Orleans and got back to the hotel soon after. Rihan stayed out a little longer I believe and lucky for him because he bumped into one third of 3MB: Jinder Mahal. The next morning we were getting set to leave the hotel and head to the airport so we could make our way back home! I'm glad I did my packing a little earlier because then it would allow me to take videos like these:

What an incredible week we had in the lovely city of New Orleans! All the way from arriving on the first night and hitting the same club as all the NXT superstars, to meeting so many superstars, divas and legends at WrestleCon all the way through to witnessing the end of a legendary streak and the culmination of the YES! Movement - I wouldn't trade it for the world. Not to mention the jambalaya which has reached legendary status IMO - I'll be back for you some day :)

As it happened, I would bump into Sean Waltman (X-Pac) at the airport who seemed like he was in a major rush and he was going by when I asked him if he was alright to take a picture, and he waved his hand and called me over so I began walking with him and simultaneously unlocking my phone, getting to the right page, and then opening the camera mode, and then flipping to the front facing camera. All these things seem to take 3 times longer when you're in a rush or the moment is fleeting. Even though X-Pac was in a rush he was super cool and took a picture with me, when he could have easily denied me.

There's a lot of guys who would simply have waved me off, but Pac didn't! Also from what I remember of him in one of the first stops of this blog when we met him in London as part of the nWo tour - was that he was a down to Earth and genuine guy. For him to be the last person I met was sort of like bringing things back to full circle.

We were all set to go now, and as it happened - X-Pac ended up being in the same gate as Rihan, Shanks and myself, and at the same time Pradeep who was taking a different flight was at the same gate as Scott Hall! Full circle or what?

The flights back were fairly uneventful but seemed to go faster than when we were actually on our way out there, as they always do. Tried to get some sleep in but it wasn't really happening, tried to take a selfie on the boys while they were trying, and Shanks woke up:



Tried to put a film on for the rest of the flight, but ended up knocking out here and there. Like I said the flight itself was pretty uneventful and we made it back to our airport safely. After landing at Heathrow, Rihan had checked his phone and was shocked to hear about some news concerning the wrestling industry. I remember telling him I didn't want to know, and that I would check it when I got home because I thought he was referring to spoilers for a show maybe, or some kind of announcement. We said our goodbyes and parted ways after an incredible journey we had all shared together. A lifetime of memories in that week we were sure to never forget!

THANK YOU! For coming along with us for this journey along our Road to WrestleMania XXX and allowing me to share all of our experiences with you, the reader - all the way from buying our tickets to the main event of YestleMania! I truly am grateful if you've stuck with the story all the way through and you're still here reading - you may not know it but it means a great deal to me and I hope that you've been entertained and somewhat educated about the Dos and Donts of WrestleMania week. Like I mentioned before, always be ready because you never know who or what is around that next corner - Get your sleep in! Get your fuel/food in! Do what you have to do to keep your energy levels up - especially if you're planning to do 3 weeks worth of activities in a week like we did - although I may not have blogged about every second of the day, I want you to know that it was pretty non-stop, intense and there were very little breaks to catch your breathe, and I wouldn't have changed a thing! I couldn't have asked for a better way to have my first WrestleMania experience and I was lucky enough to go with some good friends who were, as Triple H may put it, best for business! Shanks was entertaining as hell, full of energy and had that edge of traveler's experience. Rihan was the architect of the group, always planning ahead and making sure we had a game plan for whatever it was we were doing, which always gave us the best shot at getting the best experiences out of events and activities. However, if there is one thing I've learned it's that no matter HOW organised you try and be, there are some things you just can't plan for - and things happen as they will, the same as in life! You have to roll with the punches. So be prepared.

Final Words: Rest in Peace, Warrior:

After I had reached home, I was happy to see the family and vice versa, but as I was putting my bags down my mum asked me something along the lines of: "Oh, by the way did you hear about that dead wrestler?"

"Which dead wrestler?" I ask my mum, not expecting to hear about the passing of the Ultimate Warrior in this way. I couldn't believe my ears. My brother was around and I think he may have confirmed the name to me because I was thinking that my mum might have made a mistake, as parents do when it comes to names and wrestling sometimes. I turned to the internet to find answers - as we do in today's day and age.

I couldn't believe it. It was true. It hit me like a bolt of lightning that this was probably what Rihan was trying to tell me at the airport when we landed. How could this be? We were just there with him in the same building on Monday for RAW. I put the pieces together and figured that he most likely died while we were in flight. We were there when he made his last appearance and final address to the public, to the WWE Universe, to the Ultimate Warrior fans and the Warriors of tomorrow.
"Speak to me, Warriors! As I thought about what I was going to say this evening, it's been hard for me to find the words. [Puts on mask.] Well then, you shut up Warrior, and let me do the talking.
No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper, and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever.
You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend-makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back, I see many potential legends, some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. I am Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever!"

This is my tribute to the Ultimate Warrior,

The Warrior Spirit is something that will indeed run forever :) Thank you Warrior!


The End?

Ok so this is it, the end of the Road. This is where I ride into the sunset. For now at least. As always you can stay tuned to the latest and stay in touch by following our Facebook page or sending us a Tweet. If you really liked us you can follow us on our social media platforms, which would be doing us a solid and it'll keep you informed too! Let us know what you thought :)

Thanks again to Rihan, Shanks and Pradeep for going on this journey with me. I want to say thank you once again for reading and sticking with the story till the end to all the blog readers and I know it took a long time to get it all out but it's done now! I hope I was able to provide you all with at least a little bit of entertainment and education from what we've now been through - and I'm glad my mission of writing this blog is complete. I hope to look back on the blog again one day many years down the line, because that's what my original goal was - to look back one day and say to myself:

"So THAT's what I was up to that day!"

Thank You for making it to the end!
I hope you enjoyed reading,
As much as I did telling the story :)
Mau (10/11/15) 03:16

Thursday, 5 November 2015

WrestleMania XXX [06/04/14]

I woke up in a bit of a haze on Sunday morning, thanks to the drinks on Saturday night after the post Hall of Fame ceremony celebrations on Bourbon Street. That's putting it lightly, I got back to the hotel in the early hours and was pretty hungover when I'd gotten up in the morning (or afternoon even). By the time I was up, Rihan and Shanks were already at the WrestleCon session. They'd woken up early that morning to support their home team Sri Lanka in the finals of the World Twenty20 - and congratulations, because they won! It made the day of WrestleMania that much sweeter for them.

Rihan and Shanks with the Dudley Boyz @ Sunday's WrestleCon session

By the time I was up and running, it was time to get ready for WrestleMania. Word on the street was there was all kinds of traffic heading towards the Mercedes-Benz Superdome - so the safe bet was to try and leave as early as possible. But as I said, first it was time to get ready :)

Getting ready consisted of those exclusive t-shirts I had designed just for this trip to Mania! The 2 themes were New Orleans and Evolution. As you can see Shanks modelling his version with "The Nature Boy" title on the front, and his name on the sleeve.

THIS is a Burrito!

The last meal before WrestleMania XXX

Pre-Mania selfie
The cab journey was especially exciting because at that point, New Orleans was buzzing as you could see all kinds of fans, wearing t-shirts of their favourite superstars chanting everything from "We the People!" to "YES! YES! YES!"

A lot of them were even dressed as their favourite superstars, such as 'Macho Man' Randy Savage, IRS, Ted Dibiase, Hulk Hogan and John Cena!

Rihan and I remember talking to each other about "Do you ever remember crossing the street with this many wrestling fans at the same time?" It was a sight to see as we all crossed over to the side that the Superdome was on, towards Champions Square.


Champions Square was completely jam packed with wrestling fans whichever way you looked - as it should be! They had marquee merch stands set up and I was eager to get some souvenirs at the time but the queues stretched out quite long.


SIDE NOTE: Keep an eye out for that Sri Lankan flag if you ever catch WWE WrestleMania XXX on DVD/Blu-Ray or the WWE Network - It's in the very opening segment when the camera is panning the crowd! Shanks, Pradeep and Myself (barely) made it onto WrestleMania! The lesson to take away from this is that if you ever bring a flag/banner/sign to an event, make sure you hold it up high and proud - but ensure that you hold it up behind you so you don't get covered by it, because you know when a camera might be on you ;)

Evolution is ready to roll!


Walking into the stadium is an exciting feeling, if you've ever been to a major event like this you know what I'm talking about! We were walking along the outside of the entrance block, trying to get to ours when I got really tempted to peak behind the curtains. As I did, I remember seeing how enormous in size this venue was but before I could take a look at the WrestleMania XXX set, Rihan called me back and said to wait till we got to our seats! He had a point but it was hard to contain the curiosity. Ofcourse everyone around the world, including my brother would already know what the set would look like... because the WWE had posted the following video on YouTube:

We bought our WrestleMania drinks in those HUGE souvenir cups, which are just awesome by the way! I was going to buy one earlier at the Superstore but Rihan advised against it as they would "have them at the stadium". My plan was to get 2. One for me, and one for my brother. I wish I would have just gotten one at the superstore earlier.. I'll explain why later.

Walking down the steps to our seats through the stands was memorable because that's when I got to see live in colour what people around the world had already seen on their laptop, tablet, phones and other devices' screens - the set of WrestleMania XXX. Now I'm not being biased because I was there when I say that this was the most impressive set I'd ever seen for a WrestleMania! Being there in person, looking at it while going down to our seats was awe-inspiring. It was almost too good, and had a draw of it's own. You might even say it was a bad thing (No, how can anyone even say that?) because it had the capability to steal the show, and could possibly take away attention from the superstars that would be walking out here tonight. In short - It was the most epic sight... EVER. Up until that point. It was definitely the best set I'd ever seen for a WrestleMania, and I guess I could say I was lucky because this one was my first. I couldn't think of a better way to lose my WrestleMania Setginity.

WrestleMania XXX would ofcourse kick-off with the pre-show which featured 4 teams competing in a fatal-four-way elimination tag-team match for the WWE Tag Team Championships. The USOs would defend against Rybaxel, The Real Americans and Los Matadores. I'm not gonna lie, I missed the first 90% of this match as I considered it pretty important to use the toilet before such a long haul - better be safe than get up during Undertaker's match or not enjoy it because nature was calling. If there was ever a time to do your business before you settle down for a few solid hours of wrestling, it's either during the pre-show or a divas match (pre-Divas Revolution).

The USOs make their entrance on the pre-show

Set to defend the WWE Tag Team Championship belts

Fatal-Four-Way elimination tag team match

In our seats enjoying the show... almost time for WrestleMania!
After the pre-show we were in our seats and ready to go, the only thing left to do was start the show! Finally, after months of build-up we were live from New Orleans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome - about to witness the 30th anniversary of the greatest Sports Entertainment Extravaganza in history - THIS WAS OUR ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA 30! Also making history as the first PPV to air LIVE on the WWE Network! Hosted by Hulk Hogan. This was it. It was time! Well almost.

Below are some of the intro videos shot through our cameras of the opening of WrestleMania so take your pick, or watch them all! -

Triple H had a pretty grand entrance but you can't expect any less than that from the COO of the WWE! It was definitely a great spectacle to see. So far we had seen Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and now Triple H - #Legends

If this was Mortal Kombat, then Daniel Bryan was about to go one-on-one with Shao Kahn - it certainly looked that way! But if there is anyone that could get the job done it was the general of the 'YES! Movement' Daniel Bryan. I especially loved the promo video package for this match that featured Imagine Dragons' song, "Monster". It fit perfectly, the video package looked great and it felt special because I hadn't seen that promo until right before the match. Too often now we'll see a match promo on RAW or elsewhere, then we're given the same one right before the match. Not this time, this one was never seen before - it felt special, and it definitely did the job. We were hyped for the opening contest!

Triple H and Daniel Bryan would wrestle an awesome opening contest with Daniel Bryan picking up the win and joining Batista and Randy Orton to compete for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match in the main event of WrestleMania later tonight. Bryan would suffer a post match beat down though - weakening him up for his second outing later in the night. Let's hope this doesn't turn out to be some screwjob finish! You never know what will happen in the WWE..

#ThatAwesomeMoment when The Shield walks right by your section at WrestleMania XXX! Here are some stills I managed to snap from one of the videos -

Big Show and Sheamus made their way down to the ring as participants of the first ever annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. It was cool to see something like this as I'd never seen a battle royal or Royal Rumble style match live ever.

Cesaro Swing! Dedicated to me :)
I was over the moon and delighted to see that Cesaro was indeed going to swing someone around for maybe 30 rotations like I'd suggested :) That unlucky fella was Kofi Kingston! Kingston also had a memorable moment after being launched over the ring post and out to the floor, but managed to keep his feet from touching them, by keeping them on the steel steps and getting back into the match! Incredible, he always manages to find his way back in to the match, only to eventually get eliminated again :) But he is damn entertaining!

My delight increased when Cesaro managed to pull off an incredible feat of strength and picked the Big Show up to scoop slam him out of the ring and become the winner of the first annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal! People look back and say that they were there when Hulk Hogan slammed André the Giant at WrestleMania III. Now we were able to say that we were THERE when Cesaro slammed the Giant at WrestleMania XXX! WE.. THE PEOPLE!

Cesaro slamming the Giant @ WrestleMania XXX

Cesaro celebrates with the trophy

Fans remixed chants of "John Cena sucks!" into his entrance

"That was creepy!" Chants after Wyatt bridges up and avoids the 5 knuckle shuffle

Cena defends his legacy and picks up the win against Bray Wyatt

It was Streak Time! Brock Lesnar has his sights set on conquering the immortal streak of the Undertaker that has withstood the test of time for 21 years! Two of the biggest names in the industry of pro-wrestling were about to collide, it's time for someone to "Rest.. In.. Peace.."

The biggest shock of any WrestleMania had to be the one we received when time seemingly stood still after the match between Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker. I vividly remember grabbing Rihan's shoulder and saying, "Wait a minute that's the THIRD F5!" with a very uncertain feeling pulsing through my body. I'm sure I wasn't the only one...

Time stood still. That's one of the best ways I can describe what happened after the Undertaker's shoulders were pinned for the 3-count. There was confusion. Shock. Disbelief. It was one of those times where you had to ask yourself, "Wait, what just happened?". You might even be thinking to yourself, "Wait, was that supposed to go down like that?". It left the soul of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome winded, as if some force had sucked the life out of that arena. That's what it felt like. A melting pot of emotions that many fans expressed with the sentiment chant of, "BULLSHIT!"

What had we just witnessed? The undefeated, immortal streak of the Undertaker was no more. Time stood still. I'll say it again, time.. stood.. still. Everything was in slow motion, and then it all came rushing back to reality (for me atleast, can't speak for anyone else) when I looked up and it was carved in stone. The tron read:

"21-1" - I will never forget this image
After looking at the numbers, it seemed like the colours came flooding back, the noise was restored and it was etched in stone that this is reality. The Streak... is over.

Everyone around ringside, including the commentary team could be seen standing up and applauding the Undertaker, paying their respects. "Thank You Taker" was ringing prominently around the Superdome. Could this be the last time that we see the Deadman?

I remember getting up after this match to go use the toilet and the walkways were just rammed with people. People complaining, people upset and people affected by what they had just seen transpire. It was a shocking funeral feel and on top of that it was so ram packed you couldn't get anywhere fast. I'm more than certain some fans left after this match. I felt kinda bad for whoever was on next, but at the same time you couldn't really care less because you were so busy trying to comprehend that the streak was no more! What now? Being a Sting fan you're thinking: Now this match will probably never happen either. Did Lesnar deserve to be the one? Should CM Punk not have just defeated Taker last year? These are some of the topics that were swirling through my head as well as coming out of the mouths of many fans around at the time. I remember one guy being awfully smug and proclaiming, "Vince is a genius! And you all bought it, because now you're angry!" Everyone is allowed their own theory I suppose. I still couldn't make heads or tails of the situation at the time.

You can pretty much guess that I missed all but the ending of the 'Vickie Guerrero Invitational' match for the Divas championship. But Shanks was sure to get a couple of snaps -

AJ Lee successfully defend her WWE Divas Championship

The victory for Daniel Bryan was a victory for every single person in the Merceddes-Benz Superdome that night, along with wrestling fans from all over the world who had invested so much into Daniel Bryan. There journey we'd been on with him, since before he beat John Cena for the WWE Championship, and then had Orton cash in Money in the Bank against him. This long journey along the Road to WrestleMania finally culminated and it was electric! If there was anything that had the power to re-energize and bring the people back from one of the great lows of the night with Undertaker's loss - it was Daniel Bryan finally becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion! One of the best WrestleManias in recent memory, with so many great moments!

Post Mania:

Immediately following the conclusion of WrestleMania, I was having regrets about not getting the Undertaker (21-0) t-shirt for Anuj from the merch stands or the WWE Superstore. That would be the LAST TIME that a shirt like that would ever be made. Remember earlier when I mentioned that I had wished I'd just bought the other souvenir cup earlier? Well here's why. I didn't think they'd close the vendors stations so soon after the event ended. I really had to make sure I got this souvenir cup for my brother, and so I ended up going all the way around from merch stand to merch stand in the Superdome. All of them were closed, or not serving anymore. I know when I type it, and you read it, it doesn't seem like a big deal, but let me tell you - The Superdome is HUGE. I went everywhere trying to search high and low for these souvenir cups or the Undertaker t-shirt - it was all gone!

Luckily for me, there happened to be one very nice lady who was closing up her vending station, with the shutter down and everything but after some convincing I managed to buy the souvenir cup from her! Phew! It felt like a mission. I was starving. Again, luckily for me some of the staff outside the stadium were giving away Totino's pizza roll samples - they gave me a whole tray! Might as well have been a whole medium pizza! :) You gotta do what you gotta do to survive on the road!

In the process of trying to find merch/souvenirs I had lost the boys and was walking back downtown towards our hotel by myself. That surreal feeling kicked in again. I remember reflecting on The Undertaker's undefeated streak as I walked down Poydras Street. Still couldn't believe what we had witnessed. It also felt strange because all my life, watching WWE on PPV meant starting at 1am and finishing at 4am - as everyone in the UK is accustomed to. This time however, for the first time, I think it was about 11pm and WrestleMania had finished. Felt strange to me.

I got back to the hotel to find the boys huddled around watching something on YouTube about the events that took place at WrestleMania XXX. Before long we reset and got ready to spend a little time on Bourbon Street to celebrate with everyone else.

Bumped into Mojo Rawley from NXT on Bourbon Street

We also bumped into Ranjin Singh who was having a great time like everyone else was on Bourbon Street and we had to ask him about the streak! For those of you who don't already know, Ranjin Singh is a lead writer for the WWE. He said that he had no idea about the streak, and the decision to end it. He said that he was as shocked as we were. He said his mind was blown. This just has me thinking that there were probably very few people, maybe even less than a handful of people that knew what was going to go down. As much as we wanted to speculate at the time, we knew that in due time we'd find out what was what, but for the time being, just the shock value of having something like that happen was through the roof. Shanks was never the same again.

The celebrations on Bourbon Street would continue long into the night but I had to make sure that I was back earlier than usual. I still had some souvenir & gift shopping left to do for the people back at home and the only chance I would get would be to fit it in after the Swamp Tour we had scheduled for the morning. After that we'd most likely be getting ready to go to attend one of the wildest RAW's of the year - The RAW after WrestleMania...

Thanks for taking the time to read!
Congratulations, You made it all the way to WrestleMania XXX with us!
Only Monday Night RAW left.
Mau (05/11/15) 19:25