By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
-The Impact Wrestling television show includes Eli Drake vs. Johnny Impact vs. Alberto El Patron for the Impact Wrestling Global Championship in a match taped in Detroit. Impact airs on Pop TV at 7CT/8ET (which is finally available in HD on DirecTV). John Moore’s review will be available on Friday morning, and my Impact Wrestling audio review and Hit List will also be available on Friday.
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-We are looking for reports from the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
-NXT is in Sebring, Florida at Highlands Today Center tonight with the local crew.
-NXT is in Jacksonville, Florida at Maxwell Snyder Armory on Friday with the local crew.
-NXT is in Citrus Springs, Florida at Citrus Springs on Saturday with the local crew.
-Monday’s WWE Raw received a majority vote of B as the letter grade with 42 percent of the vote. I gave the show a C grade. The company was shorthanded due to injuries and it didn’t do much to in terms of increasing my level of enthusiasm for the Royal Rumble.
-Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown received a C grade with 46 percent of the vote. I gave the show a D grade and that feels slightly generous.
Birthdays and Notables
-Perro Aguayo is 72 today.
-“The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase is 64 today. He will appear at Monday’s Raw 25 event.
-Dave Bautista is 49.
-Karl Anderson (Chad Allegra) is 38.
-Mark Briscoe (a/k/a Jay Pugh) is 33.
–James “Toots” Mondt was born on January 18, 1984. He was a wrestler and the co-promoter of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWE) along with Vince McMahon Sr.
-The Sheik (a/k/a Ed Farhat) died on January 18, 2003 at age 78.
-Pez Whatley died of a heart attack on January 18, 2005 at age 54.
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