The PDC has returned. Nothing like a good serving of Thunder to make a long week feel better. School is almost out for myself, and that's good, because for the past few months, my head has been spinning. Enough of that, as we have lots to discuss, including Ratings Analysis! Therefore, on to the PDC.

Ratings Analysis

NITRO

First Hour: 3.2
Second Hour: 2.7
Composite: 2.95

RAW is WAR

First Hour: 5.8
Second Hour: 6.9
Composite: 6.35

HEAD to HEAD

RAW: 5.8 Tito's Pick: 6.3
Nitro: 2.7 Tito's Pick: 3.0
Nitro vs. Heat: Nitro 2.95, or 3.2, 2.7 for one hour, while Heat: 2.4

Lower End Shows

WWF Livewire: 1.7
WWF Superstars: 1.5
WCW Saturday Night: 1.3
ECW on TNN: 0.8

Both shows were slightly down this week around the 8-10 hours. I guess many were just starting to get home from their long Holiday weekend? The funny thing about the WWF's final hour was that many bit on the bait that they would actually put on a Rock vs. Undertaker match. A lot of readers were upset about that match. So since this was the end of the holiday weekend, I'll let it be.

Heat really suffered from the holiday weekend, posting a very low 2.4. I'm sure that will jump up next week. As for the lower-end shows. Would you take a look at Livewire. Very high ratings for that wonderful show, especially since it's an easy way to avoid watching 4 hours of wrestling in only just one hour. I think many are starting to realize this. It should be noted that this show is pulling these numbers after a Friday night, and the show is at 10 am in the morning! Superstars is dropping, oh darn. That show is nothing but the same segments from Livewire, but only Kevin Kelly is hosting. Saturday Night continues to post lower numbers without the talent on their younger talent on their shows. Where is their future now? ECW on TNN, well, I gave my analysis of that yesterday. :)

WCW

Thunder wasn't too bad, but it was somewhat hard to watch at times. I bet Rick Steiner, Tank Abbott, Scott Steiner, and Kevin Nash were like "oh no" when the Cat announced that the one who gets the pin in the tag match will get a title shot at the Great American Bash. Kevin Nash, of course, won the match, and his monsterous push will now continue towards the World Title again. Maybe if he wins it this time, it might count.

Eric Bischoff's HUGE AND GROUNDBREAKING announcement might be a disappointment. It's been rumored for weeks that WCW would sign Shaq for something, and this MAY be what Bischoff is talking about. If this were true, the memories of basketball players getting involved will come back to haunt us all. Of course, he could be announcing a new ownership as well, and why he would be making an angle of it, well, that's unknown. With the hype that Bischoff is giving this, he better make it good because a disappointment isn't what WCW needs right now.

Wow, Chuck Palumbo and Shawn Stasiak are world champions now. I'm still confused on the tag title situation, and to when Buff and Douglas actually lost them. Anyway, this might be that rumor going around that the upper management of WCW wants Kronic de-pushed from the top. It sure looks like it, and if this is true, Russo has to be furious right now. Russo was very "high" on this tag team. I think he had visions of a new Legion of Doom or Demolition(which Adams was a part of for a while).

WWF

Nothing much or nothing new on the WWF. Tonight, we are treated to Smackdown. Here is a NON SPOILER Preview of Smackdown:


Too Cool vs. the Hardy Boys
Bradshaw vs. Kurt Angle(King of the Ring)
D'Lo Brown vs. Chris Benoit
The Kat vs. Terri in an arm wrestling match
Undertaker vs. Road Dogg and X-Pac
Chris Jericho vs. Hardcore Holly
Edge/Christian vs. the Rock
Prince Albert vs. Crash Holly(King of the Ring)
Triple H vs. Kane


Looks pretty decent on paper, and the Benoit-D'Lo match is one I really want to see. Looks like we are treated to yet another Triple H vs. Kane match. Remember how those used to end? DX run-ins. Other stuff, like some interesting handicap matches.

One team you must give props to, and that's Edge/Christian. Those two have been good tag champs, especially after everybody was upset they won at Wrestlemania 16. They have been great heels, and I bet they will defeat Too Cool really soon for that reason. I think Too Cool won the titles sort of as a reward for getting over with the fans(yes, I'm admitting it now). Plus, the WWF wanted to somewhat spike the ratings a little bit Monday...or at least that is what they were aiming for.

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