By Jason Powell
-WWE Backlash (a/k/a JinderMania) will be held on Sunday in Chicago, Illinois at Allstate Arena. The show is headlined by Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship. Plus, Kevin Owens faces AJ Styles for the U.S. Championship. Join me for live coverage beginning with the needlessly long Kickoff Show at 6CT/7ET. Dot Net Members will also hear an exclusive audio review after the show.
-NXT Takeover: Chicago takes place Saturday in Chicago, Illinois at Allstate Arena. The event features Bobby Roode vs. Hideo Itami for the NXT Championship. We will have live coverage on Saturday night beginning with the pre-show at 6:30CT/7:30 ET. Dot Net Members will also hear an exclusive audio review after the show.
-We are looking for correspondents for the following Evolve and House of Hardcore 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
-There are no WWE house shows this weekend.
-House of Hardcore 26 is in St. James, New York at The Sports Arena tonight with the following top matches: Tommy Dreamer vs. Cody Rhodes, Bully Ray issues an open challenge to anyone in wrestling, Moose vs. Dan Maff, The (Spirit) Squad vs. Team Tremendous. The show is available with a FloSlam streaming package.
-Evolve 84 will be held on Saturday in Summit, Illinois in Summit Park District with the following top matches: Matt Riddle vs. Kyle O’Reilly for the WWN Championship, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Ethan Page, and Keith Lee vs. Donovan Dijak. The show is available with a FloSlam streaming package.
-Evolve 85 takes place on Sunday afternoon in Livonia, Michigan at Monaghan Knights Of Columbus Hall with the following top matches: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Lio Rush for the Evolve Championship, Matt Riddle vs. Jeff Cobb for the WWN Championship, Tracy Williams vs. Kyle O’Reilly, Ethan Page vs. Donovan Dijak, and Fred Yehi vs. Keith Lee. The show is available with a FloSlam streaming package.
-The next Ring of Honor shows are June 3 in Chicago Ridge, Illinois at Frontier Fieldhouse and on June 4 in Collinsville, Illinois at Gateway Center. The next pay-per-view event is June 23 in Lowell, Massachusetts for Best in the World.
-The next Impact Wrestling tapings will be held on May 30-31 in Mumbai, India. The company will be taping four weeks of television.
Birthdays and Notables
-The late Andre the Giant (Andre Rene Roussimoff) was born May 19, 1946. He died of heart failure at age 46 on January 27, 1993.
-The late Pat Roach was born on May 19, 1937. He died at age 67 on July 17, 2004 following a battle with throat cancer.
-Dick Slater is 66.
-Aleister Black (Tom Budgen) is 32. He worked as Tommy End prior to his NXT debut.