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 and previewing WWE Extreme Rules, AEW Fight For The Fallen, and Evolve’s 10th Anniversary events. 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.
-Saturday’s New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Opening Night received a majority vote of A in our post show poll with 58 percent of the vote. B came in second with 39 percent. I gave the show a B+ grade in my members’ exclusive audio review.
-Dot Net voters gave the NJPW G1 Opening Night best match honors to Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi with 30 percent of the vote. Will Ospreay vs. Lance Archer finished second and trailed by just a single vote. Both matches were terrific and I give the slight edge to Ospreay vs. Archer, perhaps in part because it far exceeded my expectations.
-Sunday’s Impact Wrestling Slammiversary received a majority vote of A in our post show poll with 55 percent of the vote. B finished second with 32 percent of the vote. I gave the show a B+ grade in my members’ exclusive audio review. Slammiversary and the NJPW event were very different shows and yet I felt they were equally entertaining.
Dot Net voters gave Impact Wrestling Slammiversary best match honors to Brian Cage vs. Michael Elgin for the Impact World Championship with 35 percent of the vote. The Tessa Blanchard vs. Sami Callihan match finished just one vote behind. I gave the nod to Cage vs. Elgin, but I found both matches to be very entertaining.
-Monday’s WWE Raw received an F grade from 48 percent of the voters in our weekly poll. D finished in second place with 31 percent of the vote. Only six percent gave the show a better than average grade. I gave Raw an F grade and thought it failed on nearly ever level.
-Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown received a B grade from 47 percent of the voters in our weekly poll. I gave the show an B+ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
-NXT is in Winter Haven, Florida at Winter Haven Armory tonight with the local crew.
-NXT is in Largo, Florida at Minnreg Hall on Friday with the local crew.
-NXT is in Citrus Springs, Florida at Citrus Springs on Saturday with the local crew.
Birthdays and Notables
-Butch Reed (Bruce Reed) is 65.
-WWE producer Tyson Kidd (TJ Wilson) is 39.
-Jeff Cobb is 37.
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The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell and guest Todd Martin on his background, attending pro wrestling events in Japan, the NJPW G1 Tournament, why lucha libre companies haven't been as successful as NJPW in the United States, AEW optimism, covering pro wrestling and MMA, and more (68:57)...