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The Grapevine (8/25/17): The Boy Who Cried Wolf



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.

Let's talk a little about Baron Corbin:

  • It seems a backstage beef with John Cena may have been the reason for Baron Corbin's depush. Reports are now claiming that the two had a confrontation backstage, with Cena chewing out Corbin in front of writers and other wrestlers. Cena claimed that Corbin "wasn't ready," and apparently he also has a lot of heat with people backstage. It's also worth noting that Cena's trashtalking during their match at SummerSlam and the promos he had been cutting on Corbin were coming from a real place. (Source: WON, Wrestling Inc)
We say: While we'd really love to take this with a grain of salt, the biggest tell really was the kind of things Cena was saying about Corbin in his promos. Cena hadn't been putting down his opponents like that—not even Rusev—and he just went all in on the Lone Wolf. From many stories, even by his own admission, Corbin does seem to be the kind of person with a real attitude, so this might be his last chance to straighten out, as he won't probably have the same clout as a young Randy Orton. On that note, if Corbin was so problematic, WWE shouldn't have pushed him so much on SmackDown. Better to keep him simmering instead of forging a clear path to the top and then suddenly taking it back.
  • On a related note, it's now believed that the reason Rusev lost on SummerSlam was to get heat back on Randy Orton. It was booked as a "fluke loss" by Rusev as Orton tries to save some face after losing repeatedly to Jinder Mahal. Rusev and Orton are still booked to feud moving forward, and the SummerSlam match was to kick it off. (Source: WON)
We say: ...SO WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST DO THIS SHIT ON A SMACKDOWN EPISODE???
  • While Low Ki asked for his release from GFW, the company actually still hasn't granted it yet. He asked for his release because he wanted to be included in the GFW World Heavyweight Championship scene instead of going back to the X Division. Low Ki is still under contract with the company until October. (Source: PWInsider)
We say: Good luck keeping that guy happy, though.

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