The end of March is months away, but WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter stresses time is running out to buy tickets for WrestleMania 31 on Sunday, March 29, at Levi’s Stadium and other events going that week.
“The tickets go fast and you don’t want to come up to March and say ‘Geez, I wish I would have bought a ticket,’ ” Sgt. Slaughter (whose real name is Robert Remus) says during a barnstorming trip to Fresno to promote the big week in professional wrestling.
Sgt. Slaughter knows how popular WrestleMania is since he’s been involved with the annual extravaganza since his first appearance in WrestleMania VII. He had just returned to the professional wrestling world after taking a break to be part of the “G.I Joe” TV series.
Part of the WrestleMania event is WrestleMania Axxess, where fans can get up close and personal with their favorite wrestlers and divas. WrestleMania Axxess is Thursday, March 26, through Sunday, March 29, at the San Jose Convention Center. Tickets are available starting Saturday, Jan. 31, on Ticketmaster.
“There are all types of things set up where fans can get autographs, photos and headlocks,” Sgt. Slaughter says. “You can’t get any more up close.”
As part of the week of wrestling mania, the WWE holds a Smackdown event in a city close to the battle. This year, it will be in Fresno with the likes of Daniel Bryan, Roman Reign and Bray Wyatt climbing into the ring at the Save Mart Center.
Sgt. Slaughter has wrestled in Fresno, and he remembers being able to walk from the hotel to the venue. The professional wrestling world has grown so much he knows that wouldn’t be possible these days.
Tickets for the WWE Smackdown stop at the Save Mart Center on March 31 go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30. Tickets — from $18 to $103 — can be purchased at select Save Mart stores, Ticketmaster or at the Save Mart Center box office.
One of the other events that goes on during WrestleMania week is the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Tickets are on sale now for the event March 28.
Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be inducted this year. Sgt. Slaughter and Savage wrestled only once in a Battle Royale. They did travel together a lot.
“All he wanted to do was entertain,” he says. “He always had a notebook and pen on airplanes. He wanted to make sure that he gave the fans 150%.”
Sgt. Slaughter is a member of the Hall of Fame. He says it means the world to him that his peers voted unanimously for him to be inducted. It’s the ultimate salute to him for 40 years of service to professional wrestling.