By Jason Powell
-WWE Raw takes place tonight in Miami, Florida at American Airlines Arena with the first show after the Royal Rumble. One can only assume that A.J. Styles will make his WWE Raw debut and that we’ll hear a 20-minute gloating promo from the McMahon family claiming that no one saw Triple H’s title win coming (or something like that). 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.
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-The advertised dark main event for Raw is dated, as they are still listing John Cena in a six-man tag. No, I don’t think it is a spoiler since they are also advertising Sheamus as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Birthdays and Notables
-Honky Tonk Man (a/k/a Roy Wayne Ferris) is 63 today. Honky announced over the weekend that he is taking bookings for a new one man show venture.
-Ace Steel (a/k/a Chris Guy) is 43 today.
-ROH wrestler BJ Whitmer is 38 today.
-Michelle McCool (a/k/a Michelle Calaway) is 36 today. She is married to Undertaker.
-The late Gary Hart was born on January 24, 1942. He died of a heart attack on March 16, 2008 at age 66. If you can get your hands on a copy of his autobiography, it’s an excellent read.
-Japanese legend Akira Maeda turned 57 on Sunday.
-The late Mike Awesome (a/k/a Mike Alfonso) was born on January 24, 1965. He took his own life at age 42 on February 17, 2007.
-Vince Russo turned 55 on Sunday.
-The late Shohei “Giant” Baba was born on January 23, 1938. He died of cancer at age 61 on January 31, 1999.
-Lelani Kai (a/k/a Patty Seymour) turned 56 on Saturday.
-Nigel McGuinness (a/k/a Steven Haworth) turned 40 on Saturday.
-Alex Silva turned 26 on Saturday.
The Best of The Boom features Jim Ross joining Jason Powell in this May 9, 2018 discussion regarding his relationship with Vince McMahon, why Vince sticks with Roman Reigns, how Triple H has changed over the years, and more. New episodes of the Boom are typically available mid-week...