– In addition to taping SmackDown today at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, WWE also presents a live event at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan headlines the show. The Big Show, Dolph Ziggler & The Miz vs. The Shield is also scheduled. We would appreciate a report for the show, so if you are attending it, please send us a report by clicking here.

– John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio is the advertised dark match main event for today’s SmackDown taping.

– This Friday would have been the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage’s 61st birthday. “Hall of Very Good” has an interview with Lanny Poffo discussing his brother and their love of baseball. Poffo also discussed Savage leaving the baseball minor leagues for pro wrestling and said that even though Savage was a great hitter, his shoulder injuries cut his career short.

“He [Savage] made it through several cuts in Spring Training but was unconditionally released before the season started,” Poffo said. “He called it quits. He joined my Dad and me in Toledo, Ohio where we were working in Michigan, Ohio and Ontario. Ten years of hard work later, ‘The Macho Man’ made his WWF debut.”