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December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister

 

Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band

 

Bounce Holiday Edition

Republic, 10p.mm.

Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5

 

Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies

 

Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Samedi

December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II

 

Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South

Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

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December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 

Chris Trew Talks Wrestlemania with Sgt. Slaughter


by Chris Trew

Chris Trew is gearing up for Wrestlemania 30, set for April 6 at the Dome. The comedian and wrestling enthusiast talked to the event's former headliner, Sgt. Slaughter, about his career, hopes for the upcoming event, and New Orleans.   

 

Sgt. Slaughter is truly an old school professional wrestling superstar. He was world champion when the E was an F (as in World Wrestling Federation) and his most famous storyline involved the Gulf War, where he played the role of an Iraqi sympathizer.

 

That heel turn (wrestling talk for "bad guy") led to the man born Robert Remus headlining Wrestlemania 7 against the immortal Hulk Hogan. We're now well on the road to Wrestlemania 30 which will take place in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday April 6th. With it comes a slew of events that will take over New Orleans and the WWE sent Sgt. Slaughter to the site of the big one a little early to spread the word. 

 

Sgt. Slaughter is no stranger to the Big Easy. "Always great to come back in New Orleans. I started coming here in 1975 working for Bill Watts. Wasn't as gifted as I am today in the ring but it was a learning experience. Always enjoyed coming to New Orleans, it was always a treat. It's a different place from Shreveport (where we were based)."

 

In terms of matchups Sgt. Slaughter would like to see, the hall-of-famer said his number one would be to see "Brock Lesnar take on the Undertaker."  

 

"I know some things that I’d like to have happened. I really look forward to the anticipation of WrestleManias. After each one, I wonder how they’re going to top [each other]. But they always do," said Sgt. Slaughter. 

 

Sgt. Slaughter told Trew, "Other things I’m kind of looking at in the back of my mind, there are some hall-of-famers who are going to be involved in Wrestlemania. If Wrestlemania 1 was thirty years ago, why not try to get some of the players that were at Wrestlemania 1—Hulk Hogan, Mr. T’s, Bob Orton," he continued. 

 

Sgt. Slaughter shared his story of becoming a villain. "I was sitting at home on a Sunday afternoon watching NASCAR racing and the phone rang, and I answered it," said Sgt. Slaughter. The call was from Vince McMahon. "'You ready to go back to work?' he asked."

 

McMahon pitched the idea to Sgt. Slaughter. "He started laying this idea out about me being an Iraqi sympathizer, and going against America, that we were weak and letting Iraq push them around…he made the whole thing up. He showed me a model of the Coliseum in ’08, wanted to break the record for Wrestlemania 3," said Sgt. Slaughter. 

 

If he were an active wrestler, Sgt. Slaughter said he'd be feuding with Dolph Ziggler. "He reminds me a lot of Ricky Steamboat or Mr. Perfect. A little bit of Ric Flair," said Sgt. Slaughter.  

 

Sgt. Slaughter offered some predictions for Wrestlemania 40. "I predict it will be in a spaceship going around Mars. Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan. Or Shane McMahon's children," he said. 

 

Listen to the entire interview at Trew 2 the Game, courtesy of Nola Defender. Tickets are on sale now for all of the events surrounding Wrestlemania 30, including the Hall of Fame, Axxess and Monday Night Raw. 




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