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PWINSIDER.COM'S UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO ALL THE WRESTLEMANIA WEEKEND EVENTS IN HOUSTON, TEXAS - UPDATED

By Mike Johnson on 2009-04-03 01:30:00

WEDNESDAY 4/1

SECOND ANNUAL WRESTLEMANIART EVENT

WWE's second annual Wrestlemaniart event will take place on Wednesday 4/1 from 6-8 PM (red carpet VIP entrances at 5 PM) at the Julia Ideson Building. The event will feature artwork from WWE talents as well as local artists, including several auctions to raise money for the Houston Public Library.
WWE has announced Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Eve, The Bellas, Natalya, WWE World Tag Team champions The Miz & John Morrison, JTG, Santino Marella, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Vickie Guerrero, Kung Fu Naki, Mr. Kennedy, Hornswoggle, Tony Atlas and Jerry  Lawler will be in attendance.
Guerrero, Lawler and Jeff Hardy are expected to show off artwork at the event.  Tickets are $50 general admission, $150 for VIP including pre-show gathering and can be purchased by calling (832) 393-1450.

THURSDAY 4/2

6 PM WWE AXXESS RETURNS

At this year's Wrestlemania in Houston, WWE resurrects the AXXESS event as it was originally envisioned.  WWE first ran AXXESS in 1994 as part of the Wrestlemania X events in New York City.  Then titled the Wrestlemania Fan Festival, it featured several paid sessions per day with exhibits and signings.  The idea was put into mothballs after Wrestlemania 19 (in Seattle) in 2003 and replaced by a traveling exhibition in different cities meant to build awareness of the company's biggest PPV of the year.

With the 25th Anniversary theme, WWE brought AXXESS back, announcing the following exhibits to the event:

1 – The Main Event
The Main Event is the focal point for WrestleMania Axxess! Top Superstars from WWE will appear in the main ring at Axxess for exclusive Q&A sessions with the WWE Universe. See live matches featuring your favorite Superstars and have a chance to enter the ring to compete in a variety of games including trivia, impersonation contests and more!

2 – Army National Guard
See the 88 National Guard NASCAR, driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., the No. 4 National Guard IRL car, the custom Patriot Chopper motorcycle designed by the Orange County Choppers, plus test your climbing skills on the rock wall and more!

3 – WWE Studios Presents 12 Rounds
In this area you’ll feel like you’re on the set of 12 Rounds, helping to assist New Orleans Detective Danny Fisher (John Cena) in a series of near-impossible puzzles and tasks …12 Rounds … to save his fiancé Molly Porter from the villain Miles! This is a rare opportunity where you can check out some of the actual props from John Cena’s latest film, 12 Rounds, in theaters March 27!

4 – Hell in a Cell
WWE fans … this is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand in the most demonic structure in WWE, where careers have been permanently altered by its unforgiving steel. See how it felt when some of the biggest WWE Superstars like Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, Triple H, Batista and more had signature moments in this massive structure!

5 – Hornswoggle’s House
Ever wonder what Hornswoggle’s “under the ring” house looks like? Well … here’s your chance! Take a peek at Hornswoggle’s living room; his bedroom where he takes a quick Irish nap after a long night on ECW; his kitchen where he cooks up some of his shenanigans and his cool garage where he has his workbench and motorcycle! Plus, at select WrestleMania Axxess sessions you may be able to meet and get an autograph from Hornswoggle!

6 – WWE Championship Belts
Ever wanted to try on the World Heavyweight Championship belt, the WWE US Champion belt or the Women’s Championship belt? Well this is the place…you can even pose in front of a WWE crowd and ring and snap a picture to take home as a WrestleMania Axxess souvenir. You can even check out other belts on display like John Cena’s Spinner belt, Pat Patterson’s Intercontinental Championship belt, the Fabulous Moolah’s Women’s Championship belt and much more!

7 – WWE Welcome Mat
This is our all-information booth where you can get a map of WrestleMania Axxess so you don’t get lost in all the excitement that WrestleMania Axxess has to offer. You can also find out when matches will take place, get cool literature and more.

8 – Undertaker’s Graveyard
Experience your dark side – walk through the cemetery with tombstones featuring Undertaker’s 16 WrestleMania victims and come as close as you dare to actual caskets from his past prey!

9 – WrestleManiArt
Experience WWE personalities in a unique way by walking around this art display filled with creations by WWE Superstars, Legends and others. This exclusive area features authentic, original, and one-of-a-kind art that only the Superstars of WWE could provide!

10 – Superstar Signings
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get an autograph from your favorite WWE Superstars or Legend at four signing areas placed throughout WrestleMania Axxess.  Superstars will be appearing at all times and all sessions!

11 – 3 Count Trivia
Think you know everything about WWE; its history, the WWE Superstars, Divas & Legends, classic matches … and more? Well, here is your chance to show the WWE Universe that you are a WWE know-it-all; and you may be the one to win a WWE Championship Replica Belt signed by WWE Superstar John Cena!

12 – Superstar Entrance
Do you want to know how it feels to walk down the ramp with thousands of fans screaming and cheering you on? This is your chance to do just that …WWE Fans can act out entrances of their favorite WWE Superstars & Divas like John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Undertaker, The Miz & John Morrison, Melina & much more! You’ll remember this forever as you get to take home your very own DVD with the entire experience!

13 – WWE KidZone
Little WWE fans … this area is JUST for you! Lost your parents because they’re having too much fun … don’t worry … they can find you hanging out in the Ultimate Playground or dunking the heckler in the dunk tank! In the WWE KidZone you can have a balloon made into Triple H’s sledge hammer, Jerry “The King” Lawler’s crown or Beth Phoenix’s tiara! You can get your face painted like Umaga, Rey Mysterio’s mask or you can look like the “Extreme Enigma” Jeff Hardy!  You can even be “Your Own Action Figure” and take home a photo of this cool experience!  The WWE KidZone IS the ultimate WWE Kids area!

14 – Diva HotShots
Get up close and personal with your favorite WWE Diva and snap a picture at the Diva HotShots area! It’s your chance to share the camera lens with the beauties of WWE.

15 – Call-A-Match
Ever wonder what it feels like to be a WWE Commentator like Jerry “The King” Lawler, Jim Ross, Tazz and more! Well … this is your chance … you can call a classic WrestleMania match like Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair at WrestleMania 24, Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III and more! During select WrestleMania Axxess matches you can even call your favorite WrestleMania match with a WWE Commentator! You’ll remember this forever as you get to take home your very own DVD with the entire experience.

16 – WWE Memorabilia
Fans of all ages will relish the chance to see actual WWE memorabilia from legends like Ric Flair, Andre the Giant, “Classie” Freddie Blassie, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Honky Tonk Man and more! The WWE Memorabilia area features true one-of-a-kind items never before displayed to the public. Bring a camera and keep these treasured memories alive!

17 – Superstar Ink
Get painted in this authentic tattoo parlor to the tune of your favorite WWE Superstar! Love the Divas? Get an official Diva tattoo to sport through WrestleMania weekend! Are you a Legend killer? Have Randy Orton’s tattoo on your arm in a matter of no time! Think your John Cena’s biggest fan – well you can show it off with a John Cena tattoo to show how big a fan you really are!

18 – THQ Presents WWE Legends of WrestleMania Video Game Zone
Gamers get into the action by competing in the hottest new WWE video game from THQ, Legends of WrestleMania. Go head-to-head with your friends or challenge someone from the WWE Universe in a fierce and legendary video game challenge!

19 – WWEShop
The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania has finally arrived, so you’ll want to make sure you bring home WrestleMania 25 souvenirs to show off to all your friends! Check out WWEShop where you’ll find awesome WrestleMania 25 gear like T-shirts, jerseys, cowboy hats, programs, lanyards, drawstring bags and much more!!! You can even log onto WWEShop.com online kiosk and check out the other awesome WWEShop merchandise we have to offer.

In a rare move, WWE has also announced the signing and appearance times for talents scheduled to do autographs and photos at the AXXESS sessions.  The Thursday signing sessions are:

6 - 8 p.m. CT: Rey Mysterio, Shelton Benjamin, Christian, Jerry “The King” Lawler, R-Truth & more.
 
8 - 10 p.m. CT: John Cena, Layla, Kane, The Great Khali, Jim Ross & more.

Additional signing sessions are listed by day and time elsewhere in this preview. 

THQ WRESTLEMANIA CHALLENGE AT AXXESS

The annual THQ Wrestlemania Challenge will be held during the Thursday evening session with the following performers competing in the tournament:

Howard Finkel
Roddy Piper
Dusty Rhodes
Sgt. Slaughter
Ted DiBiase, Sr
CM Punk
Cody Rhodes
Evan Bourne
Ezekiel Jackson
Finlay
Hornswoggle
Kofi Kingston
Ted DiBiase
The Brian Kendrick
Beth Phoenix
Brie Bella
Michelle McCool
Nikki Bella

AXXESS TICKETING

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, priced at $29 general admission and $49 VIP (VIP ticket includes: One Autographed Picture of a WWE star, "Cut the Line" status for all activities BUT autographs and photo sessions, Entrance to VIP standing area next to ring at WrestleMania Axxess).

 


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