The Wrestling Observer newsletter is reporting that the scheduled plans to merge ECW with Raw have now been dropped. It appears the main reason is that Monday night's are a much more hectic taping day in WWE and adding ECW to the schedule would become too stressful. It would also be difficult for ECW talent to secure house show positions as Raw's roster is deeper than Smackdown's.
As much as I hate posting news from Wrestlezone, I think it was this site that was spreading the rumor that ECW was merging with RAW as if it were concrete despite JR saying that it wasn't true. I'm glad, though. ECW seems like a mini Smackdown anyway.
Watch it yourself at www.wrestlingnetwork.net Is Joe Wheeler and John Wheeler the same guy? Did Meltzer misspell Joe as John? Are they related? There is a Wheeler running wrestling in Tennessee and another running it in Carolina? Worked Wheeler?