WWE Raw in Atlanta (correspondents needed), Raw notes on The Rock, Brock Lesnar, and Chris Jericho, plus Chris Sabin, Marty Jannetty, Kerry Von Erich, Dory Funk Jr., Haku, Genichiro Tenryu, Teddy Hart, AWA on ESPN Classic
By Jason Powell
-WWE Raw takes place tonight in Atlanta, Ga. at Phillips Arena. Returning stars Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho are both advertised, but it appears to be a Rock-free week. Vince McMahon has been written out of the storylines, which should pave the way for the return of Triple H, though it is unknown whether that return will take place tonight. Either way, the followup to last week's angle with Lesnar and Paul Heyman and whatever interaction they have with C.M. Punk should be fantastic. Join me for live coverage as the show airs tonight at 7:00 p.m. CT.
-We are looking for correspondents for tonight's WWE Raw show in Atlanta, and Tuesday's WWE Smackdown taping in Jacksonville, Florida. If you are going to either show and want to help, contact me right away at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-TNA wrestler Chris Sabin (a/k/a Joshua Harter) is 31 today. He was born on February 4, 1982. He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on July 5. He had just returned from undergoing ACL and MCL surgery in his right knee in June 2011.
-WWE star Marty Jannetty of The Rockers (and Midnight Rockers) fame turned 53 on Sunday.
-The late Kerry Von Erich (a/k/a Kerry Adkisson) was born on February 3, 1960. He died on February 18, 1993 when he took his own life. His daughter Lacey Von Erich had a stint in TNA before leaving the business.
-WWE Hall of Famer Dory Funk Jr. celebrated his 72nd birthday on Sunday. He was born on February 3, 1941.
-Former WWE star Tonga Fifita (a/k/a Haku, Meng) celebrated his 54th birthday on Saturday. He was born on February 3, 1959.
-Teddy Hart (a/k/a Theodore Annis) celebrated his 33rd birthday on Saturday. He was born on February 2, 1980. He recently appeared at the Hart Legacy Wrestling Event last month in Calgary.
-Japanese pro wrestling legend Genichiro Tenryu turned 63 on Saturday. He was born on February 2, 1950.
-The following matches are listed for the 8:00 p.m. CT airing of the AWA on ESPN Classic: Earthquake Ferris vs. Leon White, Sgt. Slaughter vs. Ali Khan, Col. DeBeers vs. Wahoo McDaniel, Boris Zhukov vs. Brad Rheingans.
-The following matches are listed for the 9:00 p.m. CT airing of the AWA on ESPN Classic: The Midnight Rockers vs. Knight and Ruez, Bruiser Brody vs. (Leon?) White, Col. DeBeers vs. Nick Bockwinkel.
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