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WWE wraps up successful weekend in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After WrestleMania XXX and Monday Night Raw, fans and those associated with the production praise the City of New Orleans for a job well done.

Daniel Bryan, the newly crowned WWE champion, revved up the crowd Monday night inside the Smoothie King Center. The Monday Night Raw event capped an amazingly successful weekend for the franchise and the city.

Fan Michael Ranegaard says, "I saw they got the fifth-most attended WrestleMania ever, so that's a really good thing."

One sign of the success: hotel occupancy. Mark Romig, president of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation says, "By Saturday night we were basically sold out in the city and last night we were close to sold out if not, literally one or two rooms available."

Some French Quarter restaurants admit sales could've been better. Michael Harrison, manager of Café Pontalba says, "I think the weather may have been a big factor in that Saturday and Sunday."

But they all agree WrestleMania was a great warm-up for the very busy festival season, which starts this week with French Quarter Fest. "We're expecting this weekend, actually the entire months of April and May to be really strong months for us," said Harrison.

After the festivals wrap up in a couple months, city leaders say they'll start looking ahead. In 2017, the city hopes to land the men's Final Four college basketball championship games. And 2018 will hopefully bring a Super Bowl. That leaves 2019 wide open.

"We want WWE back," said Romig.

The organization must ask the city to submit a bid. A special committee started working five years ago to land WrestleMania XXX. After this weekend, Romig feels confident the WWE will return to New Orleans in the future. "We think we've put out a great red carpet. We've shown them how to really put on a great event, everything within walking distance and we hope to be part of this rotation going forward," said Romig.

Fans we met from around the country and the globe say they support the idea. Now, the waiting game begins to see if the city will be rewarded with the biggest wrestling event of the year, once again.

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