WWE Smackdown taping with Brock Lesnar in Ontario (correspondents needed), TNA Impact TV, ESPNews’ WWE interview segment, Total Divas preview, Gangrel, Johnny Grunge

By Jason Powell

-The WWE Smackdown television taping for Thursday’s television show will be held tonight in Ontario, California at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Brock Lesnar and presumably Paul Heyman will appear on the go-home show for Sunday’s Fastlane. WWE is also advertising Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, and Rusev.

-We are looking for correspondents for tonight’s WWE Smackdown taping in Ontario. If you are going to Smackdown or another upcoming show and want to help by sending in reports, contact me at dotnetjason@gmail.com

-TNA Impact airs on Pop TV tonight at 8:00 p.m. CT with The Wolves vs. Decay in a Monster’s Ball match for the TNA Tag Titles. This is the second of the shows taped in England. Join me for live coverage of Impact as the show airs on Pop TV tonight. John Moore will be by on Tuesday with the TNA Impact Wrestling Hit List. Pop TV can be found on DirecTV channel 273, and on Dish Network’s channel 117. Check the Pop TV website if you are trying to find the show on another platform.

-Dot Net Members are listening to my WWE Raw audio review and my Q&A audio show from Monday. Join us on the ad-free version of the website and special section of our free iPhone and Android apps by signing up for membership today via the Dot Net Members’ Signup Page.

-There is not a dark main event advertised for Smackdown.

-The “Off The Top Rope” segment on ESPNews is scheduled to air during the 8:00 p.m. CT hour. Former WWE broadcast team member Jonathan Coachman hosts SportsCenter and runs through several “moments of the week” clips from Raw before conducting an interview with a WWE wrestler each week. This week’s guest is Brock Lesnar.

-Total Divas airs tonight on E! at 8:00 p.m. CT. The preview lists Brie Bella challenging Nikki Bella on whether it’s worth risking an injury for a chance to become longest running Divas Champion, Alicia and Rosa arguing over their visions for Rosa’s baby shower, and Nattie questioning whether Mandy has her priorities straight.

Birthdays and Notables

-Gangrel (a/k/a David Heath) is 47 today. He helped train WWE wrestler Rusev, and also appeared at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony last year.

-Mike Dunham, who wrestled as Johnny Grunge, died on February 16, 2006 at age 39 due to sleep apnea complications.

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