News on Vince & Michael Hayes, Christian & Money in the Bank, More

– WWE has released a statement touting the rating for last Tuesday’s edition of ECW. For the 25th week in a row, ECW was the Sci Fi Channel’s most-watched telecast, not to mention that it was seen by more males ages 25-54 than any other program on television that evening. Additionally, the show delivered its best ratings for the 25-54 age range in more than six months.

– One source said it should be interesting to see whether head Smackdown writer Michael Hayes takes his annual post-WrestleMania vacation this year. Hayes usually needs time to recharge his batteries, but this year, it is believed that Hayes wlll hold off on taking his annual vacation because he feels he’s not in good standing with Vince McMahon these days. The WWE Chairman of the Board has not been too receptive of Hayes’ storyline ideas in recent weeks as he quickly cuts him off during his pitches in meetings. Some believe McMahon lost faith in him after some suggestions he made for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view did not pan out as well as expected.

– Vince McMahon is still not a big supporter of Christian as he was initially against putting the ECW Superstar in the Money in the Bank Match at WrestleMania XXV. According to a well-placed source, agents and writers had to talk McMahon into putting Christian in the match. Christian is said to be close with Raw head writer Brian Gewirtz among others involved in the creative process.

With that being said, a possible Christian win at WrestleMania should not be ruled out as McMahon has been in a swerve mode as of late as he enjoys delivering the opposite of what people expect these days. He’s upset over people within his company leaking info to the wrestling media, hence his mood.