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First SmackDown live event tonight, Mick Foley on WWE using enhancement wrestlers

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- Tonight marks the first SmackDown branded live event. WWE will air RAW from the Toyota Center in Houston while there will be a SmackDown event in Texarkana, AR. John Cena, AJ Styles, and other SmackDown regulars will be working the event in Texarkana, AR. Cena, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins are all advertised for the live episode of SmackDown Live on Tuesday in Dallas.

- WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley posted a new blog on his official Facebook account about the use of enhancement talent. WWE will hire local wrestlers to do a squash match with their Superstars for usually one night only and make them look good. WWE used to do these type of matches in the 1980’s and 1990’s, but as the Attitude Era came about, the use of local wrestlers was decreased. With the brand extension, the company has brought back these type of matches to get Superstars over. Foley posted this:

THE NIGHT I MET JAMES ELLSWORTH!

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