Whether or not you’re there in particular person, or attempting to cowl it in your pajamas from the consolation of your personal residence, WrestleMania week is hectic. In terms of a WrestleMania in New Orleans, nonetheless, hectic doesn’t even come near describing the week I spent in Louisiana.
This 12 months, I had accepted a chance to turn out to be a Social Media Ambassador for WWN Dwell — an excessively fancy title for somebody who will get to publish footage of Timothy Thatcher being unhappy subsequent to meals on Snapchat. What was alleged to be a easy studying expertise changed into an exhausting week of interviews, protection of exhibits from 5 completely different corporations, and what was in all probability approach too many hours spent on Bourbon Road blowing off steam. What resulted was was every week of wonderful meals (after we remembered to eat), no sleep, some actually unbelievable matches, and a few of my favorite behind the scenes images I’ve gotten to take.
Since a few of these didn’t get to make it to numerous social media accounts (and positively not those from Bourbon Road), it will be a horrible waste to depart them unseen. Admittedly it’s a bit awkward to be each a journalist and somebody put able to convey their voice to an official avenue of promotion for a handful of corporations, so I’ve chosen to current them with as little commentary as attainable. Most of them communicate for themselves, like this screenshot of a dialog throughout Joey Janela’s Spring Break 2:
Yup. That occurred.
As bizarre and chaotic as issues obtained, the overwhelming sense of fellowship within the Pontchartrain Heart that week was indescribable. Wrestlers and followers coming collectively from all around the world, excited to be in the identical place and united by the factor they love, and all of those great moments that got here together with that. Zack Sabre, Jr. getting equally excited over each the very best vegan mac and cheese ever, and sharing a locker room with Nick Gage. Everybody’s favorite youngboy Wheeler Yuta being resurrected by the Nice Sasuke. Chris Brookes’ basic existence. Me not ever being cool round Daisuke Sekimoto. Everybody being simply as enthusiastic about Daisuke Sekimoto. I imply, in case you don’t have somebody in your stay who seems to be at you want Thatcher seems to be at that dude, you want higher individuals in your life:
The most important due to GCW, Past Wrestling, EVOLVE, Kaiju Massive Battel, and PROGRESS Wrestling for letting me kick across the locker room all week, and likewise horrify Jeff Cobb with the best way I ate an enormous breakfast sandwich.
Munenori Sawa over the last Kaiju present of the weekend. By that time this wasn’t even near the strangest factor that occurred all week.
Probably the greatest issues about impartial wrestling is when the exhibits occur to coincide with one thing wildly completely different occurring in the identical constructing. Like when Chikara runs subsequent to an all-seniors dance, or on this case, EVEOLVE’s Austin Idea reducing indignant promos whereas two aged individuals from the church bake sale nextdoor headed within the different path as shortly as attainable.
Rickey Shane Web page hanging out within the Unhappy Boy Clubhouse (aka the storage room the place wrestlers went to consider dropping and really feel unhappy and stuff).
Struggle Membership Professional’s Chris Brookes took on double obligation as a Finest Boy and a PROGRESS boy. Triple obligation in case you rely him being an precise earth angel.
“Scorching Sauce” Tracy Williams didn’t get the memo about taking his emotions to the Unhappy Boy Clubhouse, apparently.
Reigning and defending PROGRESS World Heavyweight Champion Travis cussin’ Banks.
Kimber Lee (previously WWE’s Abbey Laith) warming up earlier than her much-anticipated return to Past Wrestling.
Jimmy Havoc: King of the Goths, everlasting resident of the Unhappy Boy Clubhouse.
The Nice Sasuke warming up for his match subsequent to a Howdy Kitty Curler bag, as a result of typically life is gorgeous.
Orange Cassidy. ‘sup.
New Japan star Zack Sabre, Jr, famous Labour supporter and Mac and Cheese Fanatic.
My favorite photograph of the week. Bless this huge, beefy man for having the very best matches of the week and likewise not taking out a restraining order on the brief Canadian lady who nervously giggled each time he was within the neighborhood. A lot appreciated.
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