On Monday, we grabbed lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Later on Bourbon Street, we saw Darth Vader rockin' out to Triple H and Nakamura's theme music.
Then it was on to the Smoothie King Center for the RAW after Mania
As always there were surprise returns, shocking moments and a few NXT call-ups. All that was missing was an epic Paul Heyman promo. Bobby Lashley made his long-awaited return to WWE after a decade. Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joe also returned with Joe delivering a powerful message to Roman Reigns. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn showed up looking for work after losing their SmackDown Live gig at Mania. RAW General Manager, Kurt Angle placed them in a match against each other which resulted in a no contest.
An emotional Paige announced that due to her neck injury, she was retiring from the WWE. Former NXT star, No Way Jose, Former NXT Women's Champion, Ember Moon and Former NXT Tag-Team Champions, The Authors of Pain all made their main roster debuts. Following the six man tag main event and after the cameras stopped rolling, things once again turned into Beach Ball Mania as the new Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins informed the crowd that they wanted to join in on all the fun with them. And that's just what they did. Seth Rollins, Jeff Hardy and Finn Balor enjoyed playing around with the WWE Universe.
On Tuesday, we took a stroll through a local park where I caught up with my boy, Humpty.
Before entering the Smoothie King Center for SmackDown Live, we visited the special trailer promoting Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's new movie, Rampage. We received movie posters, Dave & Buster's coupons and got to play the new video game based on the film.
Before SmackDown went live, we were treated to a dark match featuring Becky Lynch vs Ruby Riott in which Becky was victorious.
Shane McMahon kicked off SmackDown Live by announcing Paige as the new SmackDown Live General Manager. As her first duty as GM, she announced that Daniel Bryan's first match on SmackDown would be against the WWE Champion, AJ Styles. The crowd lost it. We couldn't believe we were going to witness this dream match. WOW!
Former NXT talent, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce arrived on SmackDown as "The IIconics" viciously attacking SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair. "Ms. Money in the Bank" Carmella then cashed in her contract to win the Women's Championship.
Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles were putting on a wrestling clinic before things got interrupted by Nakamura. Nakamura also cut an entertaining promo earlier in the night.
Once SmackDown Live ended, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Dolph Ziggler in a special dark match.
And with that, Our Greatest WrestleMania Trip In History came to an end. Until next time, New Orleans.