By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
-The Impact Wrestling television show features Moose vs. Sami Callihan. Impact airs on Pop TV at 7CT/8ET. John Moore’s review will be available on Friday morning, and my Impact Wrestling Hit List and audio review will also be available on Friday.
-Dot Net Members will be listening to the new Dot Net Weekly audio show featuring Jake Barnett and I discussing all the news of the week and looking ahead to the WWE Superstar Shakeup. Join us on the ad-free version of the site and access and our entire ten-year audio history by signing up for membership today via the Dot Net Members’ Signup Page.
-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 Venice, Florida at Venice Community Center tonight with the local crew. NXT does not list talent for the Florida spot shows.
-NXT is in Cocoa, Florida at the Cocoa Armory on Friday with the local crew.
-54 percent of Dot Net voters gave the New Japan Pro Wrestling Strong Style Evolved event an A grade. 41 percent gave the show a B grade. I side with the B voters. The main event was fantastic, but while the rest of the show had its moments, it also felt needlessly long.
-The majority of Dot Net readers gave the WrestleMania 34 event a B grade with 47 percent of the vote. Only 18 percent gave the show a grade below a C. I agree with the consensus B grade. They were close to entering A territory, but the WWE and WWE Universal Championship matches brought my grade down.
-The readers voted Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon as the best match of WrestleMania with 58 percent of the vote. The second place vote went to Charlotte vs. Asuka with 17 percent. The highly anticipated dream match of AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura received only four percent of the vote. No argument from me. The mixed tag match was the most entertaining match of the night.
-The ROH Supercard of Honor event received a B grade with 49 percent of the vote from those who were able to see it. I gave the show a C grade and we’re clearly judging the show differently than we do a WrestleMania event. I enjoyed a lot of the matches, but the show going past midnight was overkill.
-Voters gave Kenny Omega vs. Cody the best match of the ROH Supercard of Honor show with 63 percent of the vote. Kota Ibushi vs. Adam Page received 15 percent, and the six-man ladder match drew 10 percent. I agree with the majority of the voters and came away very pleased that Omega and Cody were able to live up to the incredible hype for their match.
-The NXT Takeover: New Orleans event received a majority A grade vote with 93 percent. Only one percent of the voters gave the show a C or worse. The voters nailed it. This was a great show from start to finish and I gave it an A grade.
-The Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa unsanctioned match received the best NXT Takeover match nod with 58 percent of the vote. The Adam Cole vs. EC3 vs. Ricochet vs. Killian Dain vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Lars Sullivan ladder match received 31 percent of the vote. These were two completely different styles and they were both excellent for what they were, but I’ll take the incredible heat and emotion from Gargano vs. Ciampa.
-Monday’s WWE Raw received a majority vote of B as the letter grade with 36 percent of the vote while 33 percent gave the show an A grade. I gave the show an A. It was a newsworthy show for those of us at home that also managed to keep the demanding Raw After WrestleMania crowd entertained to the point that they never took over the show.
-Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown Live received a majority vote of B as the letter grade with 47 percent of the vote. Fewer than 10 percent gave the show less than a C grade. I gave the show a B grade.
Birthdays and Notables
-Tony Anthony is 58.
-Nobuhiko Takada is 56.
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