Partial Source: PWInsider.com & NOLA.com
Vince McMahon was interviewed by The New York Times about the WWE Network and Wrestlemania 30. He noted that he feels the company will exceed one million subscribers "within the next year." WWE will announce the initial subscriber numbers on Monday.
Here is the Mick Foley interview from NOLA.com:
Mick Foley, a member of the WWE 2013 Hall of Fame class and a former three-time WWF champion, had one of his most memorable matches in New Orleans when, as Cactus Jack, he fought longtime rival Vader in the main event of WCW’s Halloween Havoc on Oct. 24, 1993, at the Lakefront Arena. It was a Texas Death Match, in which the winner needed to pin his opponent and then the opponent had a 10-count to get to his feet after a 30-second rest period.
“I always thought of those matches with Vader like my own Ali vs. Frazier,” said Foley, who also is known as the Hardcore Legend. “(Halloween Havoc) was a brutal match, and I think it still holds up. I remember looking at the crowd after I hit Vader with a foreign object and thinking this was the highest I’ll ever get. Thankfully, I was wrong.”
Vader secured the pin with a DDT on a steel chair. Vader’s manager, Harley Race, then tazed Jack in the left leg to prevent him from beating the 10-count. But that was fine with Foley, who wanted to be done with wrestling at that point and purposely took a nasty fall while fighting on the unpadded ramp in an attempt to force his retirement. “I had some X-rays taken, and there was some damage, but damage that had already been there,” said Foley. “So, yeah, I was unsuccessful in my attempt to end my career right there in New Orleans on the ramp.”
In January of 1997 and 1998, WCW brought its red-hot “Monday Night Nitro” to the Superdome, where in 1998 the crowd was close to 30,000. The main event of both shows was The Giant vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan.
“In the late '90s, the crowds were so big in so many different arenas,” five-time WCW champion Booker T said. “But I remember here vividly where we had to block off just a portion of the Superdome, and it was pretty full. Wrestling was hot at that time. But to be here in New Orleans for the wrestlers was icing on the cake, being on Bourbon Street. The food, the festivities in New Orleans, has always been something special.”
The only other pay-per-view in the Big Easy in the 1990s was ECW’s November to Remember on Nov. 1, 1998, at the Lakefront Arena. “It was a huge event,” said ECW promoter Paul Heyman. “It was a very pressured-filled event, all the different politics of coming into Louisiana with a show of that magnitude. We had done some TV tapings there and loved the atmosphere. (Combining) the old school Southern wrestling feel and the extreme fans, it was an exhilaration the likes of which we had not felt before.”
In the main event, Sabu, Rob Van Dam and Taz defeated Shane Douglas, Bam Bam Bigelow and Chris Candido. Heyman, who will accompany Brock Lesnar to the ring to face The Undertaker this Sunday at WrestleMania XXX in the Superdome, said the audience made the 1998 show memorable. “I always thought the biggest star in ECW was the crowd itself, and I thought the crowd delivered an A-plus performance that night.”