~The internet has been buzzing for the entire month about the futures of WCW and ECW, and it seems that the wrestling world will soon have all the answers they desire. Last night on Nitro, it was announced that the March 26th edition of Monday Nitro will be a "season finale" and a Night of Champions, meaning all titles will be on the line. At this point, all WCW programming will be canceled by the Turner networks, effective March 26. The last Thunder will air on TBS March 21st. The future of WCW programming is up in the air, as it does not look likely that AOL-Time Warner will ever be putting wrestling back on the network, regardless of what happens with WCW's future.
~The front runner to purchase WCW has been Eric Bischoff for most of the year, backed by Fusient Media Ventures. At one point in January, the deal was thought to be all but finalized, however, the decision by Jamie Kellner to cancel Nitro and Thunder from the Turner networks has thrown Bischoff's deal into complete chaos. Bischoff's attempt to purchase WCW is looking skeptical as of this writing, as Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation have inquired about purchasing their arch-rival. Both sides are working frivously to get a deal done within the week, and while the decision will most likely go down to the wire, many expect the future of WCW to be known by the time Night of Champions rolls around on March 26.
~With ECW's next pay per view event less than a week away, the ECW website has announced more matches to the card. Apart from the two previously announced triangle matches, it has been announced that Danny Doring and Amish Roadkill will defend their Tag Team Titles against the Unholy Alliance of Mikey Whipwreck and Yoshihiro Tajiri, and Justin Credible will face off against Balls Mahoney after his enemy-turned-partner Steve Corino walked out of ECW, ending the New Impact Players angle before it ever began. The tenative card is listed below:
3-Way Dance - Winner of 1st Fall wins TV Title; Winner of Final Fall wins World Title: Rhino (c) vs. Sandman vs. Jerry Lynn/Rob Van Dam/Tommy Dreamer
ECW Tag Titles: Doring & Roadkill (c) vs. Unholy Alliance
Balls Mahoney vs. Justin Credible
CW Anderson vs. Nova
Christian York & Joey Matthews vs. Full Blooded Italians vs. Hot Commodity
Simon Diamond vs. Super Crazy
Winner Goes to the Main Event - Jerry Lynn vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Tommy Dreamer
~With all the talk of WCW's potential demise, the company hosted what could have been its final pay per view event last Sunday with Greed, a PPV that had just over 5,000 people in attendance. The PPV was headlined by Scott Steiner retaining the WCW World Heavyweight Title against Diamond Dallas Page in a falls count anywhere match, and Dusty & Dustin Rhodes defeating Ric Flair and Jeff Jarrett. Jason Jett, who wrestled in ECW under the name of EZ Money, made his WCW pay per view debut when defeated Alan Funk in the opener. Former ECW stars Mike Awesome, Lance Storm, and Rey Mysterio Jr. all appeared on the Greed card, while former ECW alumni Dusty Rhodes, Konnan, Rick Steiner, and Hugh Morrus all also wrestled at the pay per view.
~Speaking of ECW talent heading to World Championship Wrestling, three ECW stars have signed with WCW since ECW’s last pay per view in January, Guilty as Charged. As noted previously, EZ Money has joined the company under the name Jason Jett, opening the Greed pay per view. Kid Kash has joined the company as well, along with Steve Corino. Both men are yet to debut for the company, despite Corino first signing with the company in January. With WCW’s future in such disarray, no other talent are being linked with the company. The World Wrestling Federation, however, continues to be showing an interest in top stars like Rob Van Dam, Jerry Lynn, and Rhino, as well as men like Yoshihiro Tajiri, Spike Dudley, Joel Gertner, and Simon Diamond.
~In terms of wrestlers coming into ECW, the rumors of Low-Ki joining the company in the near future have continued to stay strong. While the 2001 ECWA Super 8 Winner will not be appearing at Living Dangerously, he could make his ECW debut sometime within the next month. However, the rumor that a former ECW star would be making his return to the company at Living Dangerously has fallen cold. Paul Heyman had been in contact with both Sabu and New Jack about returning to the company, but the bad blood between Sabu and Heyman stemming from last year has apparently not been fixed, and the hardcore legend will not be returning to the company. New Jack was the wrestler most strongly linked with returning to the company, but New Jack has again run into legal problems, being arrested in New York this past month after a bar fight. Both men's potential futures in ECW now looks very bleak.