WWE Royal Rumble, NXT Takeover, Raw, and Smackdown poll results, Dot Net Weekly, NXT in Florida (reports needed), Finlay, Giant Baba

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

-Dot Net Members will be listening to the new Dot Net Weekly audio show today with Jake Barnett and I discussing all the news of the week including Dean Ambrose planning to leave WWE in April. 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.

-The WWE Royal Rumble event received a B grade from 54 percent of Dot Net voters. Jake Barnett and I also gave the show a B in our audio review on Sunday night.

-Dot Net voters gave the Asuka vs. Becky Lynch match the nod for best match of the Royal Rumble event with 27 percent of the vote. It was a close win, as the Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks match produced 23 percent of the vote, and the women’s Royal Rumble match scored 22 percent of the vote. I preferred the Rousey vs. Banks match, but Asuka vs. Lynch was also top notch.

-The NXT Takeover: Phoenix event received an A grade from 65 percent of the voters. 30 percent gave the show a B grade. I gave the show a B+ in my audio review on Saturday night.

-Ricochet vs. Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship ran away with the best NXT Takeover: Phoenix match with 71 percent of the vote. I agree with the voters.

-Monday’s WWE Raw received a B grade with 51 percent of the vote in our weekly poll. I also gave the show a B grade.

-Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown received a majority vote of B as the letter grade with 37 percent of the vote. I gave the show an C grade.

-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 dotnetjason@gmail.com

-NXT is in Orlando, Florida at Orlando Live Events on Friday with the local crew.

-NXT is in Lakeland, Florida at the Lakeland Armory with the local crew.

Birthdays and Notables

-WWE producer David Finlay is 61.

-Shohei “Giant” Baba died of cancer at age 61 on January 31, 1999.

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