By Jason Powell
-Royal Rumble week is here! WWE Raw takes place tonight in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena. Brock Lesnar is once again advertised for what is the go-home show for Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. WWE is finished with NFL and college football competition until August, so the ratings will be very interesting. Join me for live coverage of Raw beginning with Raw Pre-Show notes as that show streams on WWE Network at 6:30 p.m. CT, and stick around for my actual live review as Raw airs on USA Network at 7:00 p.m. CT.
-We are looking for correspondents for tonight’s WWE Raw in Columbus and Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown television taping in Dayton, Ohio. If you are going to Raw, Smackdown, or any upcoming show and want to help us out with reports on the shows or live updates from tapings, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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-The dark main event for Raw is listed as Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus and Kevin Owens.
Birthdays and Notables
-James “Toots” Mondt was born on January 18, 1984. He was a wrestler and, more importantly, the co-promoter of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWE) along with Vince McMahon Sr.
-Perro Aguayo is 70 today.
-“The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase is 63 today.
-Dave Bautista is 47 today.
-Mark Briscoe (a/k/a Jay Pugh) is 31 today.
-The Sheik (a/k/a Ed Farhat) died on January 18, 2003 at age 78.
-Pez Whatley died of a heart attack on January 18, 2005 at age 54.
-The late Corsica Joe (a/k/a Francois Miquet) was born on January 17, 1920.
-Kevin Thorn (a/k/a Kevin Fertig) turned 39 on Sunday.
-Chase Stevens turned 37 on Sunday.
-Former TNA wrestler Sam Shaw turned 32 on Sunday.
-Rick Bognar, who wrestled as the fake Razor Ramon, turned 46 on Saturday.
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features guest Eli Drake talking about signing with the NWA, his departure from Impact Wrestling, rejecting an intergender match with Tessa Blanchard, his WWE developmental run, and much more...