By Jason Powell
-WWE Raw will be held tonight in Phoenix, Arizona at Talking Stick Resort Arena with the first appearance as Dean Ambrose as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. It’s a big show for WWE, as they will finally be free of NBA and NHL competition and thus they have to be hopeful of the ratings and viewership numbers bouncing back. I will be recording The Ross Report Podcast this evening, so join Jake Barnett for live coverage of Raw as the show airs on USA Network at 7:00 p.m. CT. Please note that we will not have Raw Pre-Show coverage this week, but it will return next week. That said, you are in great hands tonight with Jake, who handles the WWE Smackdown reviews on Thursday nights.
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-There is not an advertised dark main event for tonight’s Raw. The recent dark main events have featured John Cena and Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles and Seth Rollins.
Birthdays and Notables
-James “Koko” Ware is 59 today.
-Former TNA color commentator Don West is 53 today. He works for the Wenatchee Wild minor league hockey team.
-The late Leo Nomellini was born on June 19, 1924. He died on October 17, 2000 at age 76 after suffering a stroke. Nomellini was a star football player and a pro wrestler who won the AWA and NWA Tag Titles.
-The late Wahoo McDaniel (a/k/a Edward McDaniel) was born on June 19, 1938. He died on April 18, 2002 at age 63 while awaiting a kidney transplant.
-Tyson Dux turned 38 on Sunday. He is an entrant in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic.
-The late Bruiser Brody (a/k/a Frank Goodish) was born on June 18, 1946. He died at age 42 on July 17, 1988 when he was stabbed to death in a World Wrestling Council locker room in Puerto Rico.
-The late Mitsuharu Misawa was born on June 18, 1962. He died on June 13, 2009 when he took a move in the ring and lost consciousness. The family chose not to release the cause of death.
-Vito LoGrasso turned 52 on Saturday. He is currently suing WWE over claims that he suffers from serious neurological damage due to concussions sustained while working for WWE.
-The late Trent Acid (Michael Verdi) died of a drug overdose on June 18, 2010 at age 29.