By Jason Powell
-WWE Raw will be held tonight in Kansas City, Missouri at Sprint Center Arena with the final show before Sunday’s WWE Payback event. The first match announced is Braun Strowman vs. Kalisto in a dumpster match. Roman Reigns is advertised on the WWE live events page after missing the weekend house shows following the death of his brother Rosey. Join me for live Raw as the show airs on USA Network at 7:00 p.m. CT.
-The WWE Smackdown crew is in Peoria, Illinois at Peoria Civic Center with the following advertised talent: Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, American Alpha, The Usos, Naomi, and Charlotte Flair.
-Dot Net Members will be listening to my Q&A audio show this afternoon (submit questions in our members’ forum) and my Raw audio review 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.
-We are looking for correspondents for tonight’s WWE Raw in Kansas City, tonight’s live event in Peoria, and Tuesday’s Smackdown in Des Moines, Iowa. If you are going to Raw, Smackdown, or an upcoming live event and want to help us out with reports or live updates, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
-The advertised dark match for tonight’s WWE Raw is Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman.
Birthdays and Notables
-The late, great Lou Thesz was born on April 24, 1916. He died on April 28, 2002 at age 86 due to complications from a triple bypass.
-Yuji Nagata is 49 today.
-Tony Atlas turned 63 on Sunday.
-John Cena turned 40 on Sunday.
-The late Terry Gordy was born on April 23, 1961. He died on July 16, 2001 at age 40 due to a heart attack.
-Rycklon Stephens, who worked as Big Ryck in Lucha Underground and Ezekiel Jackson in WWE, turned 39 on Saturday.
-Chuck Taylor (Dustin Howard) turned 31 on Saturday.
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features Allysin Kay discussing Friday's NWA Hard Times PPV on FITE.TV, Melina dropping an unexpected f-bomb on NWA Powerrr, the WWE Mae Young Classic experience, her time as Sienna in Impact Wrestling, working in Japan, the Tessa Blanchard controversy, and more...