By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
-WWE Raw is in Dallas, Texas at American Airlines Center, which is also hosting the NJPW G1 Opening Night event on Saturday. This will be the first edition of Raw since Paul Heyman was named the brand’s executive director. Join me for live coverage as Raw airs on USA Network tonight at 7CT/8ET. Dot Net Members will also hear weekly my audio review late tonight after the show.
-We are looking for reports from tonight’s WWE Raw in Dallas, and Tuesday’s Smackdown in San Antonio, Texas. If you are going to Raw, Smackdown, or an upcoming live event and want to help us out with off-air match result details, contact me at email@example.com
-Submit questions for today’s members’ exclusive Q&A audio show via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, limit yourself to three pro wrestling related questions and four non-wrestling questions.
-There are no advertised dark matches on the host venue’s website for tonight’s Raw. Recent advertised matches have listed Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin for the WWE Universal Championship, and Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans in a street fight for the Raw Women’s Championship. The matches rarely take place as advertised.
Birthdays and Notables
-Former WWE Diva Search participant Carmella DeCesare is 37 today.
-Harold Sakata was born on July 1, 1920. He died on July 19, 1982 at age 62 of liver cancer. Sakata is best known for playing the role of Oddjob in the James Bond film Goldfinger.
-Abismo Negro (Andres González) was born on July 1, 1971. His died of drowning and his body was found in a river on March 22, 2009.
-Terry Funk turned 75 on Sunday.
-Scott Dawson (David Harwood) of The Revival turned 35 on Sunday.
-Cody (Cody Runnels) turned 34 on Sunday.
-Alicia Fox (Victoria Crawford) turned 33 on Sunday.
-Su Yung (Vannarah Riggs) turned 30 on Sunday.
-Will Ferrara turned 28 on Sunday.
-The late Ed “Strangler” Lewis (Robert Friedrich) was born on June 30, 1891. He died at age 75 on August 8, 1966.
-Serena Deeb turned 33 on Saturday.
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