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Defender Picks



November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

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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