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The Grapevine (2/16/18): JJ 4 HOF?


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 an interesting possible pick for this year's WWE Hall of Fame class:

  • There are rumors going around claiming that Jeff Jarrett could be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. The possibility comes after Jarrett finished WWE-sponsored rehab and severing ties with Impact Wrestling, but so far there is no confirmation yet on whether these rumors are true. (Source: PWInsider)
We say: That would be a hell of a move on both parties' part, and further proof that it's always possible to bury the hatchet with Vince McMahon. (Here's looking at you, CM Punk.)
  • Rey Mysterio could still sign a contract with WWE next year if he doesn't sign one this year. Despite getting booked against Jushin Thunder Liger at NJPW's Strong Style Evolved USA show, the lucha legend isn't tied down exclusively. Rey still wants a WWE deal like Chris Jericho's, in which he can work on TV for a stretch but also take time off for other things. Rey's son Dominik is also training with Jay Lethal at Tampa, Florida, and is seemingly looking to wrestle in a mask, going by the way he covers his face in Instagram photos. (Source: WON)
We say: Honestly, if we were Rey, we'd just go for short-term appearances so we can work wherever the hell we want. We'd love to see Rey pop up on WWE for a couple of months, hop over to NJPW for a spell too, and so on. WWE would probably have to live with it, but if they really want him on board they'd make it work.
  • Dolph Ziggler has just signed a lucrative new contract with WWE. The contract is worth $1.5 million per year for two years, following a time in which Dolph seemed to be unsure about re-signing with WWE. It was apparently a last-minute decision for Dolph, and the contract would reportedly also allow him time off to do other projects. (Source: Sports Illustrated)
We say: Given the way WWE's roster is bloated right now on all fronts, it might actually be good if the company really started giving its top, if not veteran stars a more relaxed deal. Allowing guys to slide out of the rotation once in a while would definitely force the creative team to work harder to build new stars, and freshen up old faces to preserve their careers and get more reactions. Ziggler may not be liked by everyone across the board, but he still has plenty to contribute to the company given the right stories.

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

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