By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
-The NXT Takeover: New Orleans event will be held tonight in New Orleans at Smoothie King Center. The loaded show includes Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa with Gargano’s future in NXT on the line, and a six-man ladder match to determine the first NXT North American Champion. Join John Moore for live coverage of the event as the show streams on WWE Network at 7CT/8ET. Dot Net Members will hear John’s audio review late tonight.
-The Ring of Honor Supercard of Honor event goes down tonight in New Orleans at the UNO Lakefront Arena. The online pay-per-view features the big Kenny Omega vs. Cody showdown match, and is co-headlined by Dalton Castle vs. Marty Scurll for the ROH Championship. Join me for live coverage beginning with the Facebook Live pre-show at 6:30CT/7:30 ET. Dot Net Members will hear my audio review late tonight.
-Get ready for NXT Takeover and ROH Supercard of Honor by listening to Will Pruett and Jake Barnett’s Pretentious Wrestling Podcast, which features free audio previews of both events at PWAudio.net.
-WWE Axxess continues today beginning this morning at 8CT at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Sunday’s Axxess event will also begin at 8CT. The tournament for title shots for the WWE UK Championship, the NXT North American Title, the NXT Tag Titles, and the NXT Women’s Championship will continue today and the title matches will take place on Sunday morning.
-We are looking for reports from all of the WrestleMania events including the non-WWE events listed below. If you are attending a show or WWE Axxess and want to help, send your report (or basic results) to firstname.lastname@example.org
-Pro Wrestling Revolver is at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans this morning at 11CT with the following advertised matches: ACH vs. Trevor Lee for the AAW Championship, Sami Callihan and OVE vs. AR Fox, Joey Janela, and Brian Cage, Lucha Brothers vs. Teddy Hart and Jack Evans, Jessicka Havok vs. Kimber Lee vs. Meiko Satomura, Colt Cabana and Marty DeRosa vs. Joey Ryan and Session Moth, Jeff Cobb vs. Shane Strickland, Besties in the World vs. Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz vs. Aussie Open in a ladder match for the AAW and Revolver Tag Titles.
-Progress Wrestling 67 is in Kenner, New Orleans at Pontchartrain Convention Center at noon CT with the following advertised matches: WALTER vs. Zack Sabre Jr in a No. 1 contender’s match, Chris Brookes vs. Rey Horus, Will Ospreay vs. Austin Theory (additional matches will be added after Friday’s Progress event)
-ROH is holding a Festival of Honor event at the UNO Lakefront Arena beginning at 12:30CT. The event is free for fans attending tonight’s Supercard of Honor show.
-There is a “Something to Wrestle With” live special today hosted by Conrad Thompson and Bruce Prichard at 2CT at the House of Blues in New Orleans.
-Combat Zone Wrestling is at The Sugar Mill at 3CT with the following lineup: Ricky Shane Page vs. Ethan Page, Joey Ryan and Laura James vs. Joey Janela and Penelope Ford, Jeff Cobb vs. Joe Gacy, Will Ospreay vs. Dezmond Xavier, David Starr vs. Juice Robinson, Zachary Wentz and Ace Romero vs. Adam Brooks and Jason Cade, OVE vs. Bandido and Flamita, and a scramble match.
-Shimmer is in Kenner, New Orleans at Pontchartrain Convention Center at 4CT with the following matches: Nicole Savoy vs. Mercedes Martinez for the Shimmer Championship, Shazza McKenzie vs. Tessa Blanchard for the Heart of Shimmer Championship, Nicole Matthews vs. Toni Storm, Madison Eagles vs. Deonna Purrazzo, Leva Bates and Delilah Doom vs. LuFisto and Hudson Envy for the Shimmer Tag Titles, Shotzi Blackheart vs. Cheerleader Melissa, Britt Baker and Chelsea Green vs. Charli Evans and Jessica Troy.
-The WWN Style Battle event is in Kenner, New Orleans at Pontchartrain Convention Center at 8CT with the following advertised tournament matches: (Bracket A) Keith Lee vs. Nick Gage, Matt Riddle vs. Dave Crist, (Bracket B) Anthony Henry vs. Jason Kincaid, Darby Allin vs. Tracer X. Plus, Curt Matthews and Jared Wayne vs. Matt Knicks and Stevie Fierce in a non-tournament match.
-House of Hardcore 40 is at the Sugar Mill tonight at 11CT tonight with the following advertised matches: The first Twitch TV Champion will be crowned via Sami Callihan facing the winners of the Swoggle vs. Alex Reynolds and Willie Mack vs. Killer Kross matches that will take place earlier in the show. Jerry Lynn will be the special referee for the title match. Plus, Killer Elite Squad vs. Tommy Dreamer and Billy Gunn in a Bourbon Street Fight, and The Rock-N-Roll Express and a mystery partner vs. The Squad. The event will be streamed live for free via the HOH page on Twitch TV.
-Kaiju Big Battel is in Kenner, New Orleans at Pontchartrain Convention Center tonight at 11:55.
Birthdays and Notables
-Darren “Droz” Drozdov is 49.
-WWE broadcast team member David Otunga is 38.
-Impact Wrestling color commentator and wrestler Sonjay Dutt (Retesh Bhalla) is 36.
-Blackjack Mulligan (Robert Windham) died on April 7, 2016 at age 73. The Hall of Famer is the father of Barry and Kendall Windham, the father in-law of Mike Rotunda, and the grandfather of Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas.
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