We’d been so busy since we got to Vegas that we didn’t have a chance to even start exploring yet! Keep in mind, we were both Vegas virgins, so neither one of us really knew anything about anything. Talk about sensory overload, right?
I really only had one thing on my must-do list, and that was to check out the WCW Nitro Grill in the Excalibur. I was a couple years deep into the pro wrestling business at that point, so I almost felt morally obligated to go. That would be dinner!
In actuality, I didn’t make it too far past the four corners area of the strip. I was a huge medieval nerd at the time (I crushed hard on Xena Warrior Princess, ok?) so I spent quite a lot of time at the Excalibur. Of course I spent quite a bit of time exploring our own hotel (New York New York), and checked out some stuff at the MGM Grand.
I headed on over to The Tropicana at some point, and played their free spin gimmick. I won tickets to the Rick Thomas Magic Show that afternoon. Sweet! My afternoon just got planned out for me! It was actually the first magic show I had ever been too. I had nothing to compare it to to say if it was any good or not, but hell if I didn’t have an awesome time!
Afterwards, it was WCW Nitro Grill time. This place was cool AF for a wrestling nerd like myself. So much memorabilia! Zero recollection on whether or not I enjoyed my Thunder Burger, but we’ll assume I did. Plus, I got to eat while watching Ric Flair vs Hollywood Hogan on the big screen, so that was sick.
Later in the evening, I ran into Mark, and we started wandering north up the strip a little bit. We got to The Paris, which wasn’t even finished being built yet. They were getting ready to set up some sort of publicity stunt, which was apparently Evel Knievel jumping a motorcycle over the Arc de Triomphe. Didn’t get to see it, but twenty years later, things like this really drive the point home as to just how much Las Vegas has changed over the years!
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