By Jason Powell
-WWE Smackdown Live is in Toledo, Ohio at Huntington Center. WWE is advertising Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper in a battle of Wyatt Family members. 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 Memphis. 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
-WWE’s 205 Live airs tonight on WWE Network. Join me for live coverage 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 are listening to my new Q&A audio show and will hear my exclusive review of WWE Smackdown later tonight. 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 advertised dark main event listed on the arena website for tonight’s WWE Smackdown is AJ Styles and The Miz vs. John Cena and Dean Ambrose.
Birthdays and Notables
-Japanese legend Akira Maeda is 58.
-Former WWE, WCW, and TNA creative team member Vince Russo is 56.
-The late Gary Hart (Gary Williams) was born on January 24, 1942. He died of a heart attack on March 16, 2008 at age 66. Hart wrote a tremendous autobiography that was released following his death called My Life In Wrestling…With A Little Help From My Friends. It can be a hard to find book, but it’s one of my favorite pro wrestling autobiographies.
-The late Mike Awesome (Mike Alfonso) was born January 24, 1965. The former ECW Champion took his own life on February 17, 2007.
-Dr. Jerry Graham (Jerry Matthews) died at age 75 on January 24, 1997.
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features referee Rob Page discussing the difficulty of reffing tag matches in the modern era, making three counts if a wrestler's shoulders are down even if it wasn't the planned finish, the growth of F1rst Wrestling, and more...