WWE-MSG Update, Royal Rumble Note, WWE-Troops Rating News

– Here’s the final card for WWE’s return to Madison Square Garden this Sunday: World Heavyweight Champion John Cena vs. Chris Jericho in a Steel Cage match, Rey Mysterio & Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton & Cody Rhodes, Shawn Michaels vs. Kane, CM Punk vs. William Regal for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, ECW Champion Matt Hardy vs. Jack Swagger in Swagger’s Garden debut. Also scheduled to appear are WWE Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly, Finlay, Mark Henry, Santino Marella and others.

– WWE’s Tribute to the Troops special on 12/20 scored an 0.9 broadcast rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.9 million viewers overall. The show increased from its first half-hour to the second by 13% in Adults 18-49 to an 0.9 from an 0.8, by 22% in Men 18-49 with a 1.1 from an 0.9 and by 25% in Men 18-34 with a 1.0 from an 0.8. The Crusoe program that aired at 8PM had 2.4 million viewers and Law and Order that aired after WWE’s special had 4.4 million viewers.

– Ric sent the following Royal Rumble teaser: I was watching my DVR over of this week’s Raw and if you watch the Royal Rumble commercial 7 out of the 8 superstars competing to go on to the fatal 4 way next Monday were in the commercial hyping the Royal Rumble Match itself. The only man missing from that commercial was of course Chris Jericho.