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The Grapevine (8/24/17): Matchka Out The Door



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.

If you read somewhere that Rusev and Lana have asked for a release, we've got news for you:

  • It turns out that the Rusevs have not actually asked for their releases from the WWE. It was rumored yesterday that Rusev had been frustrated with his booking on SmackDown even before he returned from injury, as he wanted a title shot against Randy Orton. The rumors also claim that Orton liked Rusev and supported his decision to ask for a release. A new update on the story now says that neither Rusev nor Lana have actually done so, and that Rusev has apparently no beefs with anyone from Creative. Lana has denied the claims on her Twitter as well. (Source: WrestlingNews.co)
We say: You know what, though? We wouldn't be surprised if this was actually true, and that the Rusevs are just saving face. We support them, especially Rusev, on this considering how terribly pigeonholed the Bulgarian Brute character had been booked ever since its inception. We'd love to see Rusev tear it up in NJPW.
  • Low Ki is already gone from GFW. This comes after being set to face Alberto El Patron for the GFW World Heavyweight Championship at Destination X last week, but the match was cancelled after El Patron was stripped of the title. One version claims that he left over financial issues, while another says he was unhappy that he was going to be booked back in the X Division after already having a shot at the world title. Reports say the separation was amicable. (Source: PWInsider)
We say: Sounds like typical Low Ki. On one hand, he's enough of a veteran to justify having some control over his direction, but on the other hand, he's not that big of a name to impose.
  • John Cena was moved to RAW for all the fresh matchups. The move is also because of Cena helping drive up ratings, but the matchups he could generate against guys like Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, and more were the driving factors in getting him on the red brand. Cena has been exclusive to SmackDown since last year's WWE Draft. (Source: Sports Illustrated)
We say: If this is true (and it isn't far-fetched) then it means the new brand split is working as intended. We're pretty excited about the possibilities, as well.

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

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