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WWE Smackdown in Bakersfield (reports needed), WWE Mixed Match Challenge, Smackdown dark main event, WWE 205 Live, Antonio Inoki, Gail Kim, Killian Dain, Buddy Rogers

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

-WWE Smackdown Live is in Phoenix, Arizona at Talking Stick Resort Arena. This is the second of back-to-back nights in the venue. Join Jake Barnett for live coverage as the show airs on USA Network at 7CT/8ET, and I will be by later tonight with my audio review and again on Wednesday with my WWE Smackdown Hit List.

-We are looking for reports from tonight’s Smackdown Live in Phoenix. If you are going to these or any another upcoming shows and want to help by sending in reports or basic results, contact me at dotnetjason@gmail.com

-The WWE Mixed Match Challenge features Apollo Crews and Nia Jax vs. Bobby Roode and Charlotte Flair in the final first round match. The show airs at 9CT/10ET on Facebook Watch.

-WWE’s 205 Live airs tonight at 9:20 CT/10:20 ET on WWE Network after the Mixed Match Challenge. The show will feature two more WWE Cruiserweight Championship tournament matches. John Moore’s review will be available on Wednesday morning.

-There advertised dark main event for tonight’s Smackdown is AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship.

Birthdays and Notables

-Antonio Inoki (Kanji Inoki) is 75.

-Gai Kim is 41.

-Killian Dain of the Sanity faction is 33. He worked as Big Damo on the independent scene.

-The late Buddy Rogers (Herman Gustav Rohde Jr.) was born on February 20, 1921. He died at age 71 on June 26, 1992 after suffering three strokes.

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