The show opens with a video package highlighting WrestleMania being in New Orleans with a bit of the history of Mania shown, intercut with footage of a Jazz band walking down the street, and revelers in Mardi Gras style costumes partying with WWE Superstars. We also get a bit of hype for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, Bryan/Triple H and Cena/Wyatt.
An amazing amount of pyro goes off, and the crowd is HOT as Michael Cole welcomes us to WrestleMania XXX. Justin Roberts welcomes the host of WrestleMania, Hulk Hogan, who comes out to a big pop from the fans in attendance.
Hogan poses at the top of the ramp before heading down the very long walkway to the ring.
Hogan has the mic, and he soaks up some of the Hogan chants for a bit, smiling and looking around at the crowd. He says he’s going to tell the crowd something, brother. First off, he’d like to welcome everyone at the SilverDome to WrestleMania, as well as everyone watching the WWE Network. Of course we’re really at the SUPERDome. He talks about being at the first WrestleMania, and now at WrestleMania XXX, he can’t believe he’s the guest host for WrestleMania. Hogan apologizes and says he is at the SuperDome after the fans chant ‘SuperDome’ for a bit. He talks about thinking about slamming Andre at WrestleMania 3, and that’s why he brought up the SuperDome. He says tonight will be full of WrestleMania moments, and you never know… and he’s then interrupted by Stone Cold Steve Austin’s music!
Austin makes his way toward the ring while Lawler shouts ‘Special moment! Special moment!’. Austin mounts the turnbuckle and throws up his arms, getting some huge pops from the crowd. Austin has a mic of his own and he gets eye to eye with Hogan. Austin says if you’re ready for WrestleMania XXX, give him a hell yeah! Austin says it’s good to be back at the SilverDome in a nice little dig. Austin says normally, he’s come out and open up a can of whoop ass, and beat the hell out of whoever’s in the ring. He asks the fans if they want to see him open a can of whoop ass, and they give another hell yeah. Austin says he was next to Hogan at the Hall of Fame, and he saw everything Hogan did through the years at WrestleMania. Hogan kicked a lot of ass, and they’ve both been protective of their legacy. Austin says after the dues he’s paid, Austin’s got nothing but respect for Hogan. They shake hands, and Hogan gets the crowd to give Austin a hell yeah, which they do. Austin says tonight’s about wrestlers coming out and giving their best because of the road that Hogan and he laid down over the years. Tonight is the night for the current regime of superstars to come out and give everything they’ve got for the fans. But always remember that ‘Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass’. Austin is in turn interrupted by The Rock’s music.
Rock walks out on stage to another big pop from the fans. Rock walks the length of the stage and it gives you an idea of how HUGE the setup for tonight really is, and the scale of the arena. The SuperSilverDome is PACKED!
JBL calls this trio the Mount Rushmore of sports entertainment. Rock gives Hogan a hug, and slaps hands with, then hugs Austin. Rock grabs a mic of his own. He says it is a true WrestleMania moment when all five of your senses are on fire. He says you see it, hear it, and smell it, because finally, The Rock has come back to New Orleans. Which means finally, Rock has come back to WrestleMania. By the way, it means that he, Austin and Hogan have finally come back to the SuperDome. He shakes Hogan’s hand and smiles while the fans chant for the SuperDome. When Rock looks across this ring, he doesn’t see two of the biggest legends, or icons of all time. He sees his good buddy Austin, and his childhood hero Hogan, and without a shadow of a doubt, he sees without question, the two biggest names in the history of the WWE.
Rock says he’s had the honor of facing both men at WrestleMania, and they’ve had an impact on Rock’s career, and on the locker room. And tonight, a man’s going to come out and fight in the name of hustle, loyalty and respect, but tonight, someone doesn’t come out to do that if it wasn’t for someone coming out talking about eating their vitamins and saying their prayers. Tonight, someone’s going to rise up against the authority, fans begin chanting ‘yes’. Here’s another fact, Rock says a lot of fans have birthdays nine months after WrestleMania, because after watching WrestleMania, fans were so full of passion, that they had to go start making babies. Rock says there’ll be a lot of Rock babies around January. Rock rattles off some of the famous stars that have been at WrestleMania over the years, rhyming the whole time. Rock says it’s an honor to be in front of the Universe, and it’s boots to asses time, if you smell what the Rock is cooking. Austin says that’s the bottom line ’cause Stone Cold says so. Hogan asks whatcha gonna do when Austin, the Rock, Hogan, and the SUPERDome run wild on you? Austin hands out the beers, and Lawler says the celebration is just beginning.
Michael Cole says this never gets old. JBL calls it the best WrestleMania in history, and says it hasn’t even started yet.
Cole begins hyping Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, and we get a video package highlighting the history of Daniel Bryan, which looks to be the opening match.