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The Grapevine (9/8/17): #LOLGFW



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.

  • GFW is already seemingly on the brink of implosion. First, Jeff Jarrett was asked by Anthem president Ed Nordholm to take an "indefinite leave of absence," essentially forcing him out as GFW's Chief Creative Officer. The reported main cause of concern regarding Jarrett was his erratic behavior, topped off by his appearance at this year's AAA TripleMania event in which he showed up out-of-shape and slow, among other things he's done.

    Anthem also wants out of GFW, as they feel like they've been losing too much money trying to salvage the company formerly known as TNA from its debts, including the Billy Corgan lawsuit. Despite new TV deals and a plan to launch their own on-demand network service, GFW still doesn't have a lot of solid revenue streams, and they may be looking to sell it. Should they sell, the most ideal (and likely) scenario would be selling to WWE, which would not only allow the Hardys to resume their #BROKEN gimmicks—which has been part of a legal battle for months since they left TNA—but would also allow them to maximize the previous work of some of their current stars like AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.

    On that note, the merger between GFW and Anthem (Impact Wrestling) is not even complete yet. GFW still owns all their intellectual property, and it's a possibility that Impact Wrestling will stop being GFW if Jarrett is completely forced out of the company. (Source: Sports Illustrated, PWInsider, Wrestling Inc)
We say: Oh boy, this is getting really juicy. The Anthem purchase of TNA was too good to be true for them, even though it brought some hope to a beleaguered company and fanbase. There's just too many bad decisions and factors surrounding these two companies, with one major denominator. We keep saying they'll never last the year, and now it really looks like they're not going to last 2017. Either way, let's get ready for a vacuum near the top.
  • Former WWE star Shawn Daivari says Enzo Amore is already getting backstage heat on 205 Live. Daivari, whose younger brother Ariya wrestles in WWE's cruiserweight division, claims that Enzo has been telling cruiserweight wrestlers how to do things when he has his own reputation of not being on the same level as them. (Source: Wrestling Inc)
We say: We actually have a theory as to why they're positioning Amore as a heel here, which will be explored on this week's Live From the 205. But this seems to be par for the course.
  • Vince McMahon is still dead-set on making Roman Reigns the top WWE face. He's still micromanaging the feud between Reigns and John Cena, and is directly responsible for the worked shoot promos being traded between the two. This feud is apparently another step on the road to making Reigns the top face. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)
We say: People keep saying how Vince McMahon is some sort of genius, but none of this is making sense at all. Reigns is closer to and would better benefit from being a heel way more than Cena did in the mid-2000s.
  • Cody Rhodes apparently unveiled a new "Ring" of Honor to replace the ROH World Championship belt because of a lawsuit between ROH and beltmaker Dave Millican, who made the belts for ROH (and WWE). It turns out ROH made replicas of their title belts without the permission of Millican, who owns the copyright to the belts. Sinclair reportedly wanted the current set of belts off TV, hence the introduction of the Ring of Honor, and the other belts may either be leaving TV or will be replaced with new designs, whichever comes first.
We say: Well, that's unfortunate. It does give way to an interesting new gimmick, though, which will take some time for fans to adjust to.

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

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