Ladies and gentlemen, the following public service message is brought to you by your friends from D-Generation X, who would like to remind each and every one of you that if you're not down with that, we've got two words for you... PWI is reporting that after the Australian tour is over, Heat will be no more. (pwinsider.com)
... The plan is to have the ECW brand performers on the Raw tapings as a way to increase interest and ratings in the Tuesday night Sci Fi series, which would now be taped prior to the live Raw broadcast under the plan.
One would assume ECW talents would also join Raw house shows as well, but that has not confirmed.
The Smackdown tours would become stand-alone tapings and house shows for that brand alone. ...
I remember reading a few days ago about the change in Heat regular Jim Duggan's contract (from a standard one to a Legends one, which allows him to take indy bookings) and thinking how innocuous it was... guess in retrospect it should have been seen as a sign of this coming.
It sucks that guys like Charlie Haas, the Highlanders and Super Crazy probably now have pink slips in their near future.
smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; June 18, 2006) While the switch from Cena to RVD should alleviate some complaints, the inevitability of the belt's return to Cena (note where Summerslam is this year) and the poor initial showing by the new ECW are enough to keep the indicator where it is for now. The pieces are in place, though, especially on RAW, for improvements to be made to the IWC's psyche in the near future.
Now, I don't watch smackdown or ecw on a regular basis... but I thought they'd just about merged into the same roster (from a practical standpoint) by now. Does this mean that smackdown's tag team belts need to get jobbed off of morrison and miz back to smackdown guys, or are we prepping for a tag belts unification in the future?
Super Crazy should be in ECW. For a show that began as a few week summer throwaway 10 years ago that somehow got incredible early ratings, it survived a long time. This is especially true since it being a high level show ended almost 9 years ago when SD usurped it.
Interesting development. I thought Smackdown needed ECW's roster more than Raw but I guess ECW could use Raw's wrestlers more than Smackdown's. Crazy really should be on ECW and Shelton being back on the Raw tour can always mean Haas gets to tag again.
The last sentence of Johnson's report says that the international "Heat" slots will be filled by a new "Classics." It'll be interesting to see if it's like the old one (repurposed Superstars/Challenge episodes) or something more 24/7-esque. (Also, if it'll be something worth seeking out from the usual sources.)
I like Michael Cole's work - I admit he gets under my skin sometimes, but I submit that Cole is simply a "face announcer" - he simply defys logic in a babyface way, the same way Paul Heyman defied logic in a heel way.