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The Grapevine (11/3/17): A Distaste of Tenille



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.

So we've got the latest on last weekend's surprise WWE releases:

  • Emma was released due to some reported heat backstage, especially with officials. Despite having respect as an in-ring performer, she antagonized Creative due to the way she spoke out about booking, particularly her own. The doors are apparently still open for her return, however. Meanwhile, Darren Young and Summer Rae were released as cost-cutting measures. (Source: Sports Illustrated)
We say: While Emma may have legitimate gripes (hell, from the botched Emmalina angle alone), it's definitely tough to defend speaking out in public about internal matters. It's just weird, though, that there have probably been instances before where stars spoke out and didn't get the same treatment. That said, both sides were petty here.
  • The yet-to-be released Survivor Series poster confirms John Cena being the special guest referee for Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal. In the poster, which you can check out here, Cena is in the middle of Lesnar and Mahal, wearing a referee shirt. It was originally reported that Cena was in the lead for the role, with The Rock and Steve Austin being considered. This also somewhat confirms that a Cena vs. Mahal storyline may be coming out of this match. (Source: Wrestling Inc, WON)
We say: This might be the best possible thing they could do for this match, so we're all in on it.
  • Lio Rush had so much heat after his misguided tweet about Emma that he may have been almost fired. His apology may have been what saved him. The tweet generated strong responses from other superstars like Bray Wyatt and Jack Gallagher, but William Regal soberly came to his defense. It's noted that Rush will most likely have to work hard and stay humble in order to get the heat off. (Source: WON)
We say: It was definitely misguided, but we don't think it's cause for firing. If it were, WWE would prove itself to be incredibly petty, which it doesn't need right now. Rush is young and dumb, it seems, and all he needs is the chance to grow and learn from his mistake.
  • The Cruiserweight Championship match between Kalisto and Enzo Amore was supposed to be a five-on-five Survivor Series elimination match featuring the cruiserweights. The plans were changed at the last minute after the title match was announced this Monday on RAW, as last week the big match was still the plan. (Source: Wrestling Inc)
We say: They really, really missed a huge opportunity for a nice feud-based Survivor Series match there.

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

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