By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
-The Dot Net Weekly audio show will feature the first part of the annual Ring of Honor roster evaluation conducted by Haydn Gleed and I. Meanwhile, the new Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast will feature my usual Dot Net Weekly co-host Jake Barnett and I discussing all the news of the week in Dot Net Weekly style. 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.
-Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown received a majority vote of B as the letter grade with 35 percent of the vote. C finished second with 34 percent of the vote. I gave the show a C+ grade in that it was a decent feel good show to close WrestleMania weekend.
-Monday’s WWE Raw received a B grade with 28 percent of the vote in our weekly poll. D finished second with 28 percent of the vote, and C finished third with 24 percent of the vote. I gave Raw a B- grade. It was well on its way to receiving a higher mark, but that main event bait and switch left a bad taste in my mouth.
-WrestleMania 35 received a B grade with 39 percent of the vote. 75 percent of the voters gave Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship the best match of the night honors. I gave the show a B- grade and agree with the best match vote.
-The ROH and NJPW G1 Supercard pay-per-view received a B grade from 44 percent of our voters. 33 percent gave the show an A grade. Tetsuya Naito vs. Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship received the majority 52 percent of the vote for best match. I agree with the voters in both categories.
-Dot Net readers gave the NXT Takeover: New York live special an A grade with 91 percent of the vote. Readers also gave Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole in a best of three falls match for the vacant NXT Championship the best match of the night honors with 54 percent of the vote. I gave the show an A grade and agree with the best match vote.
-I asked voters going into the weekend to vote for the Big Three show they were most looking forward to. NXT Takeover: New York won the poll with 48 percent, WrestleMania 35 finished second with 37 percent of the vote, and the ROH and NJPW G1 Supercard finished third with 16 percent of the vote.
-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 email@example.com
-NXT is in Largo, Florida at the Minnreg Hall on Friday with the local crew.
-NXT is in Sanford, Florida at Sanford Civic Center on Saturday with the local crew.
-NXT is in St. Augustine, Florida at Mark Lance Armory on Saturday with the local crew.
Birthdays and Notables
-Harley Race is 76.
-Bill Alfonso (William Sierra) is 62.
-Goldust (Dustin Runnels) is 50.
-The late Balls Mahoney (Jonathan Rechner) was born on April 11, 1972. He died of a heart attack at age 44 on April 12, 2016.
-The late Larry Sweeney (Alexander K. Whybrow) took his own life at age 30 on April 11, 2011.
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The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features Jake Barnett on a Dot Net Weekly combo show discussing the concept of two nights for major events, AEW Dynamite and NXT discussion, early WWE Royal Rumble winner possibilities, the XFL, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom, and much more...