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The Grapevine (11/30/17): The Awokening



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.

Here's what we know about Matt Hardy's... #awokening:

  • While he started teasing his #BROKEN character in this week's episode of RAW, Matt Hardy isn't quite using the same gimmick. It's rumored that WWE will be creating a similar version of it, using #AWOKEN instead of #BROKEN. There have apparently been no new talks with Anthem and Matt Hardy or WWE, but in a statement to Sports Illustrated, Anthem's Ed Nordholm says they are trying to allow current and former Impact talents to use their characters after they leave the company. (Source: Sports Illustrated)
We say: Honestly, the only thing saving this after being months too late is Anthem's cooperation. The relatively weak reaction to the segment this Monday means they have a lot of work to do to pick it up, and they can't look like a second-rate version of the original character. Regardless, we're interested in seeing where this goes.
  • Starrcade's success is making officials consider another live event with the name next year. It was apparently Michael Hayes's idea to use the name, and the attendance for the live event experienced a bump from previous years because of it. Starrcade was still booked and filmed as a regular house show, without any plans of broadcasting it anywhere. (Source: PWInsider)
We say: It sounds like a good idea, and we do hope they consider broadcasting it as a live Network special like Beast in the East. Everyone loves throwbacks.

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

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