'Mouth Of The South' Jimmy Hart promoting WWE WrestleMania 34

'Mouth Of The South' Jimmy Hart promoting WWE WrestleMania 34, by Greg Tingle

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A little birdy and a couple of online news websites have given us the tip on what on the surface is a pretty basic pro wrestling news story. Insiders and keen observers will have already taken note - Jimmy Hart is the former, and current, real life manager of pro wrestling living legend Hulk Hogan. Did you get that the first time around. Hart is Hulk Hogan's manager.

For the second time in four years, WrestleMania (what Jim Ross used to call The Grand Daddy Of Them All) will invade the Big Easy, and WWE management and wrestlers are hoping Pensacola area fans to be in the mix of what is tipped to be a crowd in the 100,000 range.

As we go live over the internet tickets for the World Wrestling Entertainment's version of the Super Bowl are about to go on sale The mega event falls on April 8, but these days WrestleMania is not just the one event, which sometimes goes for in the vicinity of 7 hours duration on the day, but also incorporates almost a week of activates.

From April 5-10, WWE makes New Orleans its base, running six major events in consecutive days, centered around WrestleMania 34 at the amazing Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart, who rose to popularity in the 1980s as an on-screen pro wrestling manager for Hogan, Terry and Dory Funk, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, the late Adrian Adonis and many others, made his way through Mobile, Alabama, and into Pensacola to promote the sports entertainment extravaganza.

A three-hour drive down Interstate 10, Hart said this year's WrestleMania location is a convenient one for fans from the Pensacola area looking to experience the spectacle.

WrestleMania 30 generated $142.2 million in economic impact for the New Orleans region last time around, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corp.

WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events John Saboor advised the world class facilities in New Orleans and the great job the city did hosting festivities in 2014 made the destination stand out during the most recent WrestleMania bidding process.

"Facilities become a bedrock of any community's proposal to host," Saboor said. "We look at a variety of elements, including the city's leadership. Mayor (Mitch) Landrieu is still the mayor there and is leading the local organizing committee. His passion and his commitment to bettering the city resonates with us in very significant fashion."

On Thursday, WWE holds a special WrestleMania on-sale party on the field of the Superdome, where local fans get the first punt at purchasing tickets before they go on sale to the public the following day. Thursday will feature a meet-and-greet with WWE superstars and live, in-ring matches.


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