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The Grapevine (1/23/17): Cero Suweldo



Good morning, and this is your daily Grapevine! This section of Smark Henry is where we round up all the founded and unfounded rumors abound the pro wrestling scene that you may have missed over the evening.

While we haven't heard anything new from Japan, Mexico is rocking:



  • Pentagon Jr. has left AAA. He appeared in Konnan's The Crash promotion with fellow former AAA stars Daga and Garza Jr. now going by the name Penta El Cero Miedo or Penta El 0M, days before the company was scheduled to hold a huge press conference about this year's TripleMania. Some of the discontent may come from AAA being handled poorly as of late, and Lucha Underground's long midseason break preventing the wrestlers from making any money. It's still unsure as to how Lucha Underground, which isn't technically AAA but also supports AAA boss Dorian Roldan, will book one of their biggest stars moving forward, as severing ties with AAA still affects one's standing with the show. If Lucha Underground severs ties with Pentagon and the others, they could become free agents anywhere. Pentagon and Fenix, who has also left AAA, are now teaming together as the Lucha Brothers. (Source: F4WOnline)

We say: This is huge. Although Lucha Underground is a fine, fine wrestling show, we don't really like the way they lock their talents up in ridiculously long contracts, like Prince Puma's rumored seven-season deal. Wrestlers should be free to decide where their future lies should they become bigger stars, and there's no doubt the show made big stars out of guys like Pentagon, Fenix, and Sexy Star. If Pentagon ends up anywhere near even, say, NJPW, we'd be so happy.


  • The Hardys and Drew Galloway have not re-signed with TNA yet. Although WWE wants to bring back the brothers, Matt still wants to sign with TNA again, while Jeff is still figuring out whether he should, as the company wants to run more house show dates and he presumably doesn't want to work that much. However, they have an option for a contract that allows them power to take outside bookings, as well as a presumably more lucrative contract that gives TNA control on their bookings. Meanwhile, there's no news yet on what Galloway plans to do from here, but there's also no word on whether WWE is interested in him again. (Source: WON)

We say: TNA is a pretty shitty company, apparently regardless of who runs it, but if there's one thing we'd like to protect from the WWE, it's the Broken Hardys gimmick. Unless Matt is given complete creative control, there's no way it's going to fly the way it did in WWE, no matter how many crazy matchups are possible there. We would like to see Drew McIntyre back, though, especially to shore up SmackDown.

Let us know what you think of today's news in the comments!

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