WWE Royal Rumble and NXT Takeover: Phoenix, Impact Wrestling on Pursuit, ROH in Texas (reports needed), Impact weekend (reports needed) next MLW and Evolve, and Impact dates, Honky Tonk Man, Jay Briscoe, Mark Andrews, BJ Whitmer

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

-The WWE Royal Rumble takes place Sunday in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field. The event features men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches and seven title matches. Join me for live coverage on Sunday beginning with the Kickoff Show at 4CT/5ET. The main show airs at 6CT/7ET and is slotted for four hours. Jake Barnett and I will record a members’ exclusive audio review on Sunday night.

-NXT Takeover: Phoenix will be held on Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona at Talking Stick Arena. The five-match card is headlined by -Tommaso Ciampa vs. Aleister Black for the NXT Championship. Join John Moore for his live review beginning with the pre-show notes at 5CT/6ET. The actually show airs at 6CT/7ET and is slotted for two-and-a-half hours.

-Impact Wrestling airs on Pursuit Channel and Twitch TV tonight at 9CT/10ET. The show will feature Johnny Impact vs. Killer Kross for the Impact World Championship.

-We are also looking for reports from WWE Royal Rumble Axxess, the ROH, and Impact Wrestling events listed below along with all upcoming live events. 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 dotnetjason@gmail.com

-WWE is holding Royal Rumble Axxess events at the Phoenix Convention Center today through Sunday morning. In addition to the meet and greets, the “WWE Worlds Collide” tournament will be taped and will air February 2 on WWE Network. The entrants include Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream, Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, and Shane Thorne representing NXT, Mark Andrews, Tyler Bate, Travis Banks, Jordan Devlin, and Zack Gibson representing NXT UK, and Cedric Alexander Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, TJP, and Humberto Carrillo representing WWE 205 Live. A 15-man battle royal will determine the tournament seeding.

-ROH is in Houston, Texas at NRG Arena tonight with the following matches: Jay Lethal vs. Vinny Marseglia for the ROH Championship, Coast 2 Coast vs. Eli Isom and Cheeseburger in a Tag Wars match, The Bouncers vs. The Boys in a Tag Wars match, Colt Cabana and Willie Mack vs. Kenny King and a mystery partner in a Tag Wars match, The Briscoes, Shane Taylor, and Silas Young vs. Juice Robinson, David Finlay, Mark Haskins, and Tracy Williams, Villain Enterprises vs. Clark Connors, Karl Fredericks, and Alex Coughlin, Matt Taven vs. Jonathan Gresham, Dalton Castle vs. Bandido vs. Rocky Romero vs. Jeff Cobb in a four corner surviva. match,

-ROH is in San Antonio, Texas at Austin Highway Event Center on Sunday with the following top matches: Kelly Klein vs. Sumie Sakai for the WOW Championship, Bandido vs. Rocky Romero, and the semifinals and finals of Tag Wars.

-Impact Wrestling and WrestlePro are in Brooklyn, New York at St. Pats CYO Sports tonight. Impact will also hold a One Night Only taping on Sunday in Hazleton, Pennsylvania at Holy Family Academy.

-MLW’s first event of 2019 will be on February 2 with MLW SuperShow in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 2300 Arena. The event is headlined by Low Ki vs. Shane Strickland for the MLW Championship and an hour of the show will air live on beIN Sports.

-Evolve 121 will be held on February 15 in Atlanta, Georgia at Kroc Center, and Evolve 122 will be held in Concord, North Carolina at Cabarrus Arena. Adam Cole will be wrestling on both shows.

Birthdays and Notables

-Honky Tonk Man (Roy Wayne Farris) is 66.

-WCW valet Gorgeous George (Stephanie Bellars) is 43.

-BJ Whitmer is 41.

-Michelle McCool (Michelle Calaway) is 39.

-Jay Briscoe (Jamin Pugh) is 35.

-Mark Andrews is 27.

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