FRIDAY APRIL 3
1 PM BOOKER T'S LEGENDS OF WRESTLING FANFEST
Although some of the attention to the event was focused on World Wrestling Entertainment blocking talents who had agreed to appear by giving them AXXESS and Wrestlemania bookings instead, the focus should be on the fact that Houston native and current TNA star Booker T's Fight for Kids Foundation are holding a charity convention with proceeds devoted towards the different charitable efforts the former WWE and WCW World champion regularly maintains with his Foundation in the city.
A number of top names are appearing, some of whom are donating their time in order to help the event. In fact, additional TNA talents wanted to appear but were already scheduled for TNA house shows in Louisiana at the same time.Booker and his wife Sharmell are personally heading up the entire event, scheduled for the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Announced talent and signing schedules:
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Kevin Nash, Amy Dumas, Team 3D, Matt "Spike Dudley" Hyson, the former Rikishi, Ernest Miller, Stan Hansen, the Beautiful People and Chavo Guerrero, Sr.
1 PM to 3 PM: Mick Foley
3 PM to 6 PM: Sting signing (additional fee)
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM: Booker T & Sharmell, Jimmy Hart, The Nasty Boys, Samoa Joe, Jake Roberts, Christy Hemme, Diamond Dalls Page and Kimberly Page
VIP Tickets are each signing session are available for $125 each or $200 for both sessions. Sting's signature and photo-op is a separate price of $75. Fans will be able to purchase additional items or just specific talent photos and signatures as well.
Talent being brought in by various vendors including the Four Horsemen's Tully Blanchard, Debra McMichael, Daffney (aka TNA's The Governor), Missy Hyatt, former WWF Women's champ Rockin' Robin, and Baby Doll.
General admission into the event is $10, but fans holding tickets for that night's ROH event (see below) will be provided free admission.
For more information on the Booker T event, visit www.bookerTLOW.com.
6 PM WWE AXXESS DAY TWO
WWE AXXESS will feature an evening session starting at 6 PM with the following signing schedule:
6 - 8 p.m. CT: Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Jeff Hardy, Ted DiBiase, Cody Rhodes, Mark Henry, Cryme Tyme & more.
8 - 10 p.m. CT: Edge, Umaga, Matt Hardy, Honky Tonk Man, Eve, Candice & more.
7:30 PM RING OF HONOR SUPERCARD OF HONOR IV
Since 2004, Ring of Honor has been running the same weekend and locale of Wrestlemania (the lone exception was 2005 in California, where the promotion felt Pro Wrestling Guerrilla should have that right and didn't run the Los Angeles area). It was originally done as a lark with the idea that since the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony was sold out, fans in the NYC area would need somewhere to go, so why not let them come to Ring of Honor in nearby New Jersey. The show drew one of the company's biggest houses until that point and became a tradition.
This year, the company comes into Houston for the first time, bringing in several Lucha talents to play into the market as well as several Pro Wrestling NOAH talents. For the first time in several years, Dragon Gate talents from Japan will not appear, so the spotlight will be on the promotion to live up to the level of events they've held in previous outings without the DG six man tags that were often at the top of everyone's Best Match of the Year Listings.
Still, with Bryan Danielson, KENTA, Nigel McGuinness, Jerry Lynn, Davey Richards, Katsuhiko Nakajima and a number of Lucha stars involved, ROH has a really good card on paper:
Scheduled for the ROH Supercard of Honor event:
*ROH champion Nigel McGuinness vs. Jerry Lynn
*GHC Jr. Heavyweight champion KENTA vs. Davey Richards
*Roderick Strong vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima
*Bryan Danielson vs. Alex Koslov
*Tyler Black & The Necro Butcher vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Austin Aries
*ROH Tag Team Champion El Generico vs. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brent Albright vs. NWA World Champion, Blue Demon, Jr
*ROH Tag Team Champion Kevin Steen, Jay Briscoe, & Magno vs. Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards, & Incognito
*Colt Cabana vs. D-Lo Brown.
*Rhett Titus vs. Erick Stevens.
For more information on ROH tickets, visit www.rohwrestling.com.
Fans holding a ticket stub from the Booker T Legends of Wrestling Fanfest will receive GA tickets for $10. Booker has teased he will make an appearance on the ROH show as a thank you for the company not blocking him from running the Fanfest, but that appearance was never officially confirmed and TNA talent are no longer allowed to be booked on ROH events due to the company running ROH on HD Net. So, stay tuned.