Originally posted by Spaceman SpiffWasn't the Hardy/Rey ME match the highest rated segment on that show? I think it got over a 4.0 rating (that match, not the show).
(edited by Spaceman Spiff on 15.7.03 0949)
No idea. If that's true, then it obviously should've been taken as a positive and built upon. Even though the match had a good build up throughout the show, that would've been a good sign. I can't remember if a cruiser title match ever main evented a Nitro or Thunder.
Spiff - your question hinges on what we're going to say "draw" means. Higher ratings? (I don't know where to get quarter hour break downs if they're not posted on a wrestling site.) T-shirt sales? Signs in the crowd?
I was kinda thinking that's the way it might go. "Draw" is a pretty nebulous term then. It would be different if we had access to the quarter hours and individual merchandise sales.
A PPV could draw the lion's share of its buys from having two strong cruiserweight matches while the main event's just there for idle curiosity. Or a PPV could draw from a huge main event with a lame undercard. We can make educated guesses on what sold a show but we'd disagree and no one would know for sure.
House show attendance and merchandise sales are more reflective of the brand as a whole. Do I want to pay fifty dollars to see the SD! crew? Do I want to pay fifty dollars to see WWE?
This was the way to do it. The small set changes was nice, and the presentation was a little different as far as announcers and Tom Phillips interviewing people at ringside. It was a nice change. And the matches? Good, mostly!