WWE Tribute to the Troops, Impact Wrestling TV, NXT weekend (reports needed), Dot Net Weekly, Raw and Smackdown poll results, Johnny Jeter, Al Costello

By Jason Powell

-The annual WWE Tribute to the Troops event airs on USA Network tonight at 7CT/8ET. The show includes The Shield vs. Samoa Joe, Sheamus, and Cesaro in a six-man tag match. JBL will return to the broadcast team for the event. We will not have live coverage of the show because, well, it’s Star Wars Episode 8 premiere night. We will have the spoilers and a spoiler-free preview available on the main page.

-Dot Net Members will be listening to the new Dot Net Weekly audio show with Brian Fritz and I discussing the news of the week and previewing the WWE Clash of Champions and ROH Final Battle events. Join us on the ad-free version of the site and access and our entire audio history by signing up for membership today via the Dot Net Members’ Signup Page.

-Impact Wrestling features Rosemary vs. Laurel Van Ness for the vacant Knockouts Women’s Championship. The show also features a match that will determine the winner’s No. 1 contender. Impact airs on Pop TV at 7CT/8ET. John Moore’s review will be available on Friday morning. My Impact Wrestling Hit List will also be available on Friday.

-We are looking for correspondents for the WWE and NXT live events listed below. If you are going to one of these events or another upcoming show and want to help by sending in a report, contact me at dotnetjason@gmail.com

-NXT is in Birmingham, Alabama at Boutwell Memorial Auditorium tonight with the traveling crew.

-NXT is in Orlando, Florida at the Englewood Neighborhood Center tonight with the local crew.

-NXT is in Memphis, Tennessee at Minglewood Hall tonight with the following advertised talent: Aleister Black, Kairi Sane, Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, Jonny Gargano, and Ember Moon.

-NXT is in Cocoa, Florida at the Cocoa Armory on Friday with the local crew.

-NXT is in Little Rock, Arkansas at Metroplex Live tonight with the traveling crew.

-NXT is in Largo, Florida at Minnreg Hall on Saturday with the local crew.

-Monday’s WWE Raw received a majority vote of C as the letter grade with 36 percent of the vote. I agree with the majority of the voters this week.

-Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown Live received a majority vote of C as the letter grade with 44 percent of the vote. I gave the show a D grade with too much focus on comedy and not enough done to sell viewers on Clash of Champions aside from the big tag team match.

Birthdays and Notables

-Johnny Jeter is 36.

-The late Al Costello (Giacomo Costa) of the Fabulous Kangaroos was born on December 14, 1919. He died at age 80 on January 22, 2000.

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