By Jason Powell
-WWE Smackdown delivers final hype for the Royal Rumble event and includes Miz TV with guests Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens, plus Roman Reigns faces League of Nations in a handicap match. Join Jake Barnett for live coverage as the show airs tonight on USA Network at 7:00 p.m. CT.
-Dot Net Members will be listening to the new Dot Net Weekly audio show with Dot Net staffer John Moore and I discussing all the news of the week and giving our predictions on the WWE Royal Rumble. The members will also be hearing my NXT audio review and are already listening to my audio review of the TNA Impact Wrestling show. Join us on the ad-free version of the website by signing up for membership today via the Dot Net Members’ Signup Page.
–We are looking for correspondents for the NXT TV taping in Orlando. If you are going to any upcoming show and want to help us out with a report or even the basic results of a show, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
-NXT is taping television on Friday night in Orlando, Florida at the University of Central Florida. NXT is advertising Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe in a No. 1 contenders match, and Bayley vs. Carmella for the NXT Women’s Championship.
Birthdays and Notables
-The late Arnold Skaaland was born on January 21, 1925. He died on March 13, 2007.
-Ivan Putski (a/k/a Józef Bednarski) is 75 today.
-Go Shiozaki is 34 today.
-Former WWE Diva Maryse Ouellet-Mizanin is 33 today. She married Mike “The Miz” Mizanin on February 20, 2014.
-Alex Koslov is 32 today. He announced last year that was taking a break from pro wrestling.
The Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features Kenny Herzog discussing his journalism career, his new Outside Interference podcast, doing a feature story on CM Punk, pro wrestling in the pandemic, WWE talk on Retribution, The Hurt Business, Roman Reigns as a heel, and much more...