By Jason Powell
-WWE Payback will be held on Sunday in San Jose, California at SAP Center. The event features Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt in a House of Horrors match in what is apparently a non-title match. The show also features Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman. Join me for live coverage of WWE Payback on Sunday night beginning with the needlessly long Kickoff Show at 6CT/7ET. Dot Net Members will hear an exclusive audio review after the show on Sunday night.
-WWE does not have any live events this weekend due to next week’s overseas tour. The Smackdown crew has a house show on Monday night in Stockton, California.
-We are looking for correspondents for the following ROH events listed below, as well as the NXT events that we listed yesterday. If you are attending a show and want to help, send your report (or basic results) to email@example.com
-Ring of Honor is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Turner Hall Ballroom tonight with the “ROH Unauthorized” event. The advertising notes that all matches will be “contested under relaxed rules. The show features Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian vs. The Young Bucks, Silas Young vs. Jay Lethal, Bully Ray and The Briscoes vs. Dalton Castle and War Machine in a non-title match, and Marty Scurll vs. Delirious in a non-title match.
-Ring of Honor is in Hopkins, Minnesota at Eisenhower Center on Saturday with the “Masters of the Craft” event and the following top matches: Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Dalton Castle vs. The Young Bucks and Hangman Page, The Briscoes vs. Motor City Machine Guns, Marty Scurll vs. Ken Anderson for the ROH Tag Titles, and Bully Ray vs. Silas Young.
-The next Impact Wrestling tapings will be held on May 30-31 in Mumbai, India. The company will be taping four weeks of television.
-The next Evolve events will be held on May 20 in Summit, Illinois and May 21 in Livonia, Michigan.
Birthdays and Notables
-Violent J (Joseph Bruce) of Insane Clown Posse is 45.
-Alex Riley (Kevin Kiley Jr.) is 36.
-Drew Gulak is 30.
-Lou Thesz died on April 28, 2002 at age 86.
-Chris Candido (Chris Candito) died on April 28, 2005 at age 33.
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features guest Eli Drake talking about signing with the NWA, his departure from Impact Wrestling, rejecting an intergender match with Tessa Blanchard, his WWE developmental run, and much more...