Re: WCW 2002: The Return
WCW Nitro has been building in the ratings slightly each week since their debut. With 3.2 Million viewers tuning in for their debut on HBO; WCW has watched it's number's climb to 3.6 Million last week. This past Monday however, there was a slight decrease in number as WCW only averaged 3.1 Million viewers for Nitro. WCW and HBO aren't concerned with the decreased number since Nitro was competing against the Fallout from Sunday's Royal Rumble. The main event for Nitro and the over run drew the most fans with 3.4 fans tuning in to see what happened at the end of the show. Numbers are expected to increase dramatically as Nitro enters its last show before SuperBrawl. Although WWF beat Nitro in the ratings, they only averaged 3.5 Million viewers, so the margin in slim between the two shows.
From the WWF front, it is quite clear that they are working towards having Triple H and Chris Benoit headline Wrestlemania; however controversial ending with Kurt Angle returning may lead to a Triple Threat Match for the Undisputed ECWWF championship at Wrestlemania. The other big draw match being talked about for Wrestlemania is Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Undertaker.
Many WWF fans expected to see the return of Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Christian, Edge, and Chris Jericho at the Royal Rumble. Word is out that at least two of them are finished with WWF for the time being and their contracts will not be renewed. Fans speculate on whether any or all of them will show up in WCW, but that remains to be seen.
WCW reports that Superbrawl is completely sold out. The Air Canada Centre will host the event with 18,350 fans in attendance. Superbrawl's ticket sales have not hurt Wrestlemania's Tickets sales, but there is definitely a hype between both companies to put on a first class show. The last time WCW held a pay-per-view in Toronto was Mayhem 1999. They only managed to sell 13,00 tickets.
The rumour flying around backstage in WCW is that at least one member of the X-Factor team will be revealed in Toronto at Superbrawl. Details are still being discussed as to how they will work it in.