WWE Smackdown taping in Raleigh (correspondents needed), Dot Net Audio, Owen Hart, Hercules Hernandez, five-hour block of AWA on ESPN Classic with Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, Bruiser Brody, Curt Hennig
By Jason Powell
-The WWE Smackdown taping takes place tonight in Raleigh, N.C. at PNC Arena. The only thing advertised for television is Chris Jericho hosting The Highlight Reel with Ryback as his guest.
-We are looking for correspondents for tonight's WWE Smackdown taping in Raleigh, N.C. If you are going to the show and want to help, email me me at email@example.com.
-Dot Net Members are listening to my 55-minute audio review of WWE Raw, and Chris Shore's 54-minute audio review of the ROH Border Wars iPPV. They are scheduled to hear the Dot Net Countdown show with Will Pruett and Jake Barnett on Wednesday. Join us on the ad-free version of the website by signing up for membership now via the Dot Net Members' Signup Page.
-The advertised dark main event for tonight's WWE Smackdown taping is Sheamus and Randy Orton vs. Big Show and Mark Henry in a tag match.
-The late Owen Hart was born on this date in 1965. He died on May 23, 1999 at the age of 34 when he fell from the rafters at Kemper Arena while performing a stunt as The Blue Blazer during the WWE Over the Edge pay-per-view. His widow Martha recently reached a lawsuit settlement with WWE regarding Owen's name and likeness being used in the company's "Hart & Soul" DVD.
-The late Hercules Hernandez (a/k/a Raymond Fernandez) was born on this date in 1955. The former WWE star died on March 6, 2004 at age 48. His wife attributed the cause of death to heart disease. He also appeared in several bodybuilding magazines in addition to working as a pro wrestler.
-The following matches are listed for the 11:00 p.m. CT airing of the AWA on ESPN Classic: Marty Jannetty vs. C. Curtis, The Barbarian and Boris Zhukov vs. C. Bassett and Spike Jones, Earthquake Ferris vs. Scott Hall, Jerry Blackwell vs. Bruiser Brody.
-The following matches are listed for the 12:00 a.m. CT airing of the AWA on ESPN Classic: Larry Zbyszko vs. Clark, Marty Jannetty vs. Knight, Pinky Sanchez vs. Bruiser Brody, Buddy Rose and Doug Somers vs. Curt Hennig and Scott Hall for the AWA Tag Titles.
-The following matches are listed for the 1:00 a.m. CT airing of the AWA on ESPN Classic: Earthquake Ferris vs. Col. DeBeers, Gus Torrez vs. Larry Zbyszko, Sherri Martel vs. Candi Devine, Curt Hennig vs. Stan Hansen.
-The following matches are listed for the 2:00 a.m. CT airing of the AWA on ESPN Classic: Pinky Sanchez and Bald Eagle vs. Yuri Gordyenko and Alexis Smirnoff, Tony Leoni vs. Greg Gagne, M. Richards vs. Col. DeBeers, Sweat vs. Larry Zbyszko, Leon "Vader" White vs. Gartner.
-The following matches are listed for the 3:00 a.m. CT airing of the AWA on ESPN Classic: Alexis Smirnoff and Yuri Gordyenko vs. Jones and Rogers, Jerry Blackwell vs. Pinky Sanchez, Tom Stone vs. Super Ninja, Greg Gagne vs. Tony Leoni, Larry Hennig vs. Boris Bresnikov, Rick Gatner vs. Curt Hennig.
-The following matches are listed for the 4:00 a.m. CT airing of the AWA on ESPN Classic: Doug Somers vs. Shawn Michaels, The Barbarian and Boris Zhukov vs. Marty Jannetty and Curt Hennig, Leon White vs. Larry Zbyszko, Stan Hansen vs. David Sammartino for the AWA Title.
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