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The Grapevine (7/6/17): The Bipolar Rock 'n' Roller



Good morning, and this is the 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.

We have an update on how Mauro Ranallo has returned to the WWE:


  • Mauro has signed a new, non-exclusive WWE contract that replaced his old deal. While it's reported that JBL's comments about Mauro on Bring It To The Table were responsible for the mental breakdown that kept him away from the company at around WrestleMania, Mauro apparently maintains that his problem is not with JBL himself, but with many other people in the company it seems.

    Mauro's new contract puts him now under the direct supervision of Triple H and Michael Cole, who were the ones who wanted him on SmackDown Live for its move to the USA Network. Mauro only has 18-20 NXT dates on his deal, which also allows him to make any post-production edits in his home studio in Los Angeles, instead of having to go to Full Sail or WWE headquarters. As it isn't exclusive to WWE, Mauro will continue to work for Bellator and Showtime Boxing. (Source: WON)

We say: So apparently things between the more immature side of the company are so bad, but we're glad that the better half found a way to make things work. Other than Mauro being back, it tells us that there is hope for this carny organization after all once the next generation fully takes over. Now more than ever, we can't wait for Vince to go away, however that will be.


  • Despite being rumored to have asked for their release, Primo and Epico are still working for the company. However, only Epico is being booked on live events, as well as this week's episode of SmackDown Live. (Source: Wrestling Inc)

We say: We haven't been able to comment on this matter yet as we haven't gotten a chance to, but if it is true they want out, it'll be quite sad. They're low-key the best hands in the tag team division, but we wouldn't be surprised: they came to SmackDown to start over after being saddled with a couple of failed gimmicks, but they were denied the better treatment that came with their initial hype. While SmackDown is the land of opportunity, the two-hour format (and the lack of a C-show for the brand now that 205 Live took over Superstars, forcing RAW to take over Main Event) doesn't guarantee much of the deep roster airtime. 

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

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