By Jason Powell
-WWE Smackdown Live is in Chicago, Illinois at Allstate Arena. John Cena returns and the show is headlined by AJ Styles vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin for the WWE Championship. 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.
-We are looking for correspondents for tonight’s Smackdown Live in Chicago and the Raw live event in St. Louis. 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
-The WWE Raw crew is in St. Louis, Missouri at Scottrade Center tonight with the following advertised matches: Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship, Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho, Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship, Shemaus and Cesaro vs. New Day vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows for the Raw Tag Titles.
-WWE’s 205 Live airs tonight on WWE Network. Join me for live coverage of 205 Live as the show streams 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 205 Live. John Moore will have his review available on the main page on Wednesday.
-Dot Net Members will be listening to the new Q&A audio show later today. 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.
-There dark main event listed on the arena website for tonight’s WWE Smackdown is AJ Styles vs. John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE Championship with James Ellsworth as special timekeeper.
Birthdays and Notables
-Bill Goldberg is 50.
-Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli) is 36.
-Bill Eadie is 69. He worked as Demolition Ax, the Masked Superstar, and Super Machine.
-Brawl For All winner Bart Gunn (Michael Polchlopek) is 53.
-Chyna (Joan Laurer) was born on December 27, 1969. She died on April 20, 2016 over an overdose of alcohol combined with two anxiety drugs, two painkillers, and a sleep aid.
-Jerry Tuite, who worked as The Wall and Malice, was born on December 27, 1967. He died of a heart attack at age 36 on December 6, 2003.
-Thea Trinidad is 26. She worked as Rosita in TNA.
The Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features Frank Zarrillo discussing his film "The Wrestler: A QT Marshall Story", which includes appearances by Matt Riddle, Damian Priest, Gerald Brisco, Kevin Kelly, Steve Corino, and many more, the involvement of Marshall's wife and mother, and much more. Stick around after the interview for Powell's audio review of Wednesday's AEW Dynamite television show...