By Jason Powell
-WWE Smackdown moves to USA Network tonight. The show includes the debut of Mauro Ranallo as the new play-by-play voice and he is joined by color commentators Jerry Lawler and Byron Saxton. Smackdown is headlined by Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental Title, and has Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch for the Divas Championship. Join Jake Barnett for live coverage as the show airs tonight on USA Network at 7:00 p.m. CT.
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-NXT is holding its first television taping of the new year tonight at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.
-TNA is taping television tonight in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at Sands Bethlehem Event Center tonight through Saturday. Friday’s show will be a live “One Night Only” series pay-per-view.
-Dot Net Members will be listening to the new Dot Net Weekly audio show with Zack Zimmerman and I discussing all the news of the week, including Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Doc Gallows, and Karl Anderson negotiating with WWE. The members also had the first listen to the latest Pretentious Wrestling Podcast with Will Pruett and Jake Barnett on Wednesday. Join us on the ad-free version of the website by signing up for membership today via the Dot Net Members’ Signup Page.
-NXT is in Tampa, Florida at University Area CDC Gymnasium on Friday with Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Bayley, Apollo Crews, Scott Dawson, and Dash Wilder.
-NXT is in Citrus Springs, Florida at Citrus Springs on Saturday with the same advertised talent.
Birthdays and Notables
-Chavo Guerrero Sr. (a/k/a Salvador Guerrero III) turn 67 today.
-CW Anderson (a/k/a Chris Wright) is 45 today.
-Bronko Nagurski died at age 81 on January 7, 1990.
-Gary Albright died in the ring of a heart attack at age 36 on January 7, 2000.
-Tim Roberts died of unknown causes at age 38 on January 7, 2015. He appeared as The Zombie on WWE’s version of ECW’s premiere on Syfy.
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