By Jason Powell
-WWE Smackdown Live is in Columbia, South Carolina at Colonial Life Arena with the go-home show for Sunday’s WWE TLC pay-per-view. American Alpha will face Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton to determine which team will challenge for the tag titles at TLC. Join Jake Barnett for live coverage as the show airs on USA Network at 7CT/8ET, and I’ll be by on Wednesday with my WWE Smackdown Hit List.
-WWE’s 205 Live debuts tonight on WWE Network and has a 45-minute window. The main event of the cruiserweight exclusive show features Brian Kendrick vs. Rich Swann for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Join me for live coverage of 205 Live as the show airs on WWE Network at 9CT/10ET.
-The Talking Smack show airs on WWE Network at 9:45 CT/10:45 ET. The show is pushed back to this slot due to the launch of the 205 Live show. John Moore will have his review available on the main page on Wednesday.
-We are looking for correspondents for tonight’s Smackdown Live in Columbia. If you are going to Smackdown or another upcoming show and want to help by sending in reports, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Dot Net Members are listening to the new Q&A audio show from Monday. Join us on the ad-free version of the Prowrestling.net website and special section of our free iPhone and Android apps by signing up for membership today via the Dot Net Members’ Signup Page.
-The dark main events for tonight’s WWE Smackdown are listed on the arena website as Randy Orton vs. Kane, and AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE Championship.
Birthdays and Notables
-Jerry Lawler is 67 today.
-Zeb Colter/Dutch Mantell (a/k/a Wayne Keown) is 67 today.
-JBL (a/k/a John Layfield) is 50 today.
-The late Hayabusa (a/k/a Eiji Ezaki) was born on November 29, 1968. His career ended prematurely when he fractured two vertebrae while performing a springboard moonsault, which left him paralyzed. He died on March 3, 2016 at age 47 of a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
-Minoru Tanaka is 44 today.
-TNA’s Rosemary (a/k/a Holly Letkeman) is 33 today. She also worked as Courtney Rush.
-Dana Brooke (a/k/a Ashley Sebera) is 28 today.
-Moondog Spot (a/k/a Larry Booker) died at age 51 on November 29, 2003. He was working a match at Jerry Lawler’s retirement show when he suffered a heart attack and died in the ring.
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