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The Grapevine (1/16/18): The Hurt Locker


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.

The injury bug looks to have struck again.

  • Jason Jordan's storyline dad may have won a gold medal with a broken freakin' neck, but Jordan himself may not be as lucky. The WWE Tag Team co-Champion missed live events over the weekend due to an unspecified injury. His partner Seth Rollins had to take on the Miztourage in a handicap match with Roman Reigns by his side instead. (Credit: PWInsider.com)

We say: Generally, we don't worry too much about nebulous injuries like this—when something truly major happens, all the sheets are all over it right away. We do hope he'll be back for his scheduled title defense against The Bar at Royal Rumble on January 28. Would be a shame for him to fall out of action just when his annoying "daddy's boy" gimmick is catching on.


  • Mae Young Classic participant Jazzy Gabert's career could possibly be over. In an interview on Edge & Christian's podcast, she revealed that the three herniated discs in her neck that caused WWE to rescind a contract offer last year will force her to have surgery that could knock her out of the ring permanently.

    "For the next three months, I will not be able to make any money," Gabert told them. "I will have the surgery and then, I'm off to recover. And after that, I have no idea what to do. I don't know what's next. I don't know if I can ever be back in the ring and it really scares me." (Credit: WrestlingInc.com)

We say: Gabert certainly impressed at the MYC, and by all accounts was a genuine professional behind the scenes. Any time anyone has to have their career cut short by injury just sucks—especially when she looked poised to break into a true national spotlight.

And finally, some good news for fans of Shinsuke Nakamura!


  • It's still a long way off from Royal Rumble, but online betting lines have Shinsuke Nakamura finally edging out John Cena and Roman Reigns as favorite to win the 30-man melee. Reigns had been the year-long favorite until being dislodged by Cena. These odds generally do a good job in predicting PPV winners in the last few days before the show, so it will be interesting to see if "The Artist" can hang on until then.

    Interestingly, Dolph Ziggler has been picking up steam since his puzzling US Championship twist, and now holds the same odds as Cena. (Credit: BetWrestling.com)

We say: Nice to see, even nicer to know if the odds hold. Could this be WWE's apology to everyone who's been crapping on how they've managed Nakamura since his jump?

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What do you think is the deal with Jason Jordan, mga ka-smarkada? And how do you feel about Jazzy's neck surgery? And do you trust WWE not to drop the ball on a true main event spotlight on Shinsuke?

Let us know your thoughts!

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