Matt Hardy Backstage Update, Hogan/HBK, SummerSlam

Ryan Clark

Source: Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter

– WWE is working out a deal to bring in a major celebrity for an appearance at WrestleMania 22. This particular celebrity is said to offer great crossover appeal.

– Matt Hardy is under the impression that he will be the winner of the Steel Cage match this Sunday against Edge. Although he hasn’t been push as a main-eventer, he remains optimistic about his long-term future in WWE.

– As more numbers come in from SummerSlam, Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels should be expecting quite a pay off. WWE’s corporate site listed the first estimate at about 525,000 buys. So the final figure should be around the 600,000 range.

– This year’s SummerSlam estimate tops last year’s by about 150,000 buys. Last year’s event was headlined by Chris Benoit vs. Randy Orton.

– Outside of WrestleMania PPV’s, this year’s SummerSlam buyrate comes in third behind Royal Rumble ’03 and ’04 over the last four years.

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