By Jason Powell
-WWE Smackdown Live is in St. Paul, Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center. The show will be headlined by AJ Styles vs. Luke Harper for a shot at the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. 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, which will cover the in-person perspective on the show that I will be attending. On a side note, it’s great to see WWE make a rare appearance at “The X” (home of the Minnesota Wild) rather than the usual stop at Target Center.
-We are looking for correspondents for tonight’s Smackdown Live in St. Paul. I will be attending the show, but it would be helpful to have a backup just in case I can’t get to the building on time. If you are going to Smackdown or another upcoming show and want to help by sending in reports, contact me at email@example.com
-Dot Net Members are listening to my 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.
-WWE’s 205 Live airs tonight on WWE Network. Join Zack Zimmerman 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. John Moore will have his detailed review available on the main page on Wednesday morning.
-The dark main events advertised locally for tonight’s Smackdown event are John Cena vs. AJ Styles, and Dean Ambrose The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship.
Birthdays and Notables
-Ricky Steamboat (Richard Blood) is 64.
-WWE Performance Center trainer Norman Smiley is 52.
-Masato Tanaka is 44.
-Lance Hoyt is 40.
-Happy birthday to my youngest brother Eric.
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features Ricky Starks on his NWA run, doing enhancement work for WWE, leaving NOLA due to Hurricane Katrina, the January 24 NWA Hard Times PPV on FITE.TV, his relationship with Nick Aldis, and much more...