WWE Raw in Phoenix, WWE Smackdown in El Paso (reports needed), Ty Dillinger, Francine, Antonio Inoki, Mascarita Dorada, Raymond Rougeau, Jimmy Jacobs, Ricardo Rodriguez

By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

-WWE Raw will be held tonight in Phoenix, Arizona at Talking Stick Resort Arena for the first of back-to-back shows. WWE is advertising Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. John Cena vs. The Miz vs. Finn Balor vs. Elias vs. Seth Rollins in a gauntlet match. This is the final Raw event before the Elimination Chamber event on Sunday. Join me for live coverage as Raw airs on USA Network tonight at 7CT/8ET.

-The WWE Smackdown crew is in El Paso, Texas at Don Haskins Center tonight. There are no matches advertised on the arena website, but it is likely AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a handicap match for the WWE Championship, and The Usos vs. New Day vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin vs. Bludgeon Brothers in a four-way for the Smackdown Tag Titles.

-We are looking for reports for tonight’s WWE Main tapings that will be held prior to WWE Raw in Phoenix, the Smackdown house show in El Paso, and Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown Live in Phoenix. If you are going to Raw, Smackdown, or an upcoming live event and want to help us out with off-air match result details, contact me at dotnetjason@gmail.com

-The advertised dark main event for tonight’s Raw show is John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman vs. The Miz, Sheamus, and Cesaro in a six-man tag match.

Birthdays and Notables

-Tommy Cairo is 60 today.

–Francine Fournier is 46 today.

-Danny Doring (Daniel Morrison) is 44 today.

-Tye Dillinger (Ronald Arneil) is 37 today.

-Mascarita Dorada is 36 today. He worked as El Torito in WWE.

-Ivan Koloff (Oreal Donald Perras) died of liver cancer at age 74 on February 18, 2017.

-The late Big John Studd (John Minton) was born on February 19, 1948. He died at age 47 on March 20, 1995 due to a combination of liver cancer and Hodgkin’s disease.

-The late Mildred Burke (Mildred Bliss) died of a stroke at age 73 on February 18, 1989.

-The late Eddie Gilbert died of a heart attack at age 33 on February 18, 1995.

-The late Larry Sweeney (Alexander Whybrow) was born on February 18, 1981. He took his own life on April 11, 2011 after battling mental illness.

-Raymond Rougeau turned 63 on Sunday.

-Jimmy Jacobs turned 35 on Saturday.

-Ricardo Rodriguez (Jesus Rodriguez) turned 33 on Saturday.


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