We’d been receiving weather warnings about this day, and it was supposed to be a day of torrential downpours and New Orleans had been put on Tornado Watch (which is nothing like the TWO Podcast’s CM Punk Watch). Click play to find out more:
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It rained on day 3. We woke up to overcast skies, so decided to stay close to the hotel and investigate the nearby Voodoo Museum, and just as we got there the heavens opened. If you do decide to go to WrestleMania for yourself, then I definitely recommend have a look into what kind of other non-wrestling related cool stuff may be going in your vicinity. Since we’d arrived in New Orleans early, we had plenty of time to have a snoop about town, which is what we predominantly did on day 3. The voodoo museum was awesome:
And almost as if some kind of magic were at work, the rain stopped, the sky cleared, the sun shone, and we decided to take full advantage and go for a stroll around Louis Armstrong Park:
And we even had time to walk through St Louis’ Cemetery #1, home to not only the resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, but also Nicolas Cage’s Pyramid tomb. Which makes no sense, since we all know Nicolas Cage has been alive since the mid 1800s and is apparently some kind of immortal vampire.
Hungry from all the walking we decided to try IHOP. I’ve always wanted to go to IHOP, but since I hadn’t been to the states since I was 13 I’d never had the opportunity. I can now honestly say with my hand on my heart that I LOVE IHOP. Seriously. I’ve actually been working through some full blown withdrawal since I’ve been back in the UK. You can have breakfast ALL DAY. Literally any time of day or night you can have breakfast. Or pancakes and fruit. Or steak. Or Country Fried steak. I’ve got to stop talking about it, I’m salivating just thinking about it. Great, now I want IHOP. Thanks for that.
Although, IHOP is also a fantastic place to spot wrestlers too, coincidentally. I met more wrestlers in IHOP than I did at any of the other places. So far all my spots had consisted of was Byron Saxton walking round the superstore, and Booker T doing a signing…in the superstore.
IHOP beat that by a long mile, we saw Sheamus, El Torito (obviously not in his bull costume…which is a pity), Heath Slater, on my walk to IHOP I bumped into (almost literally) Ron Simmons puffing on a huge cigar with what appeared to be his wife and daughter. Couldn’t resist running back to him, shaking his hands and saying thanks. He was so cool. I don’t fanboy very often, but I totally marked out for Ron Simmons. And Kane too surprisingly. I don’t get photos with many people, because I don’t like to bother them too much if I just see them out doing everyday stuff. Sheamus and Heath Slater were eating, so you don’t want to be a douche and bother them, and I couldn’t be bothered to hang around IHOP until either of them had finished doing what they were doing. Kane was with his wife looking at stuff in shop windows, so I just said “Hi” and “Thanks” and went about my way.
Night 3 consisted of more hunting for Dean, while dipping in and out of bars and listening to Jazz. We thought he might be here:
But alas, it was not to be. Now I was starting to think Dean was purposely avoiding me. Bold action needed to be taken. But not tomorrow, for tomorrow was WrestleCon day…