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The Grapevine (8/17/18): The Decision


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 closer we draw to Daniel Bryan's contract running out, the more updates we get:

  • Daniel Bryan says he is "likely to re-sign with the WWE." While he hasn't signed a new contract yet, he revealed on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast that he's close, and may be signing the new deal this week. WWE 2K19's 2K Showcase mode heavily features Bryan, and while that may have been a sign he was renewing his contract, the decision to feature him in the mode was made a long time ago. Bryan is still pushing for a limited wrestling schedule with WWE. (Source: Wrestling Inc, Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast)
We say: Looks like we'll have to put away our Bryan Danielson-to-NJPW dreams for now, but this is excellent news. Bryan hasn't explored everything he could do in WWE yet.
  • Matt Hardy is taking time off to deal with some nagging injuries in his lower back and pelvis. This is what his cryptic tweets have been pointing toward, but it's being reported that the Deleters of Worlds tag team is officially done. Matt will also be taking this time to figure out if his in-ring career will continue, in what capacity it will continue, and also to learn how to be a WWE backstage producer. (Source: WON)
We say: It's a shame that this team has to end already, but we wish Matt well in his treatment and recovery. Injuries are no joke.
  • Speaking of injury, Sin Cara is apparently injured. He's at the doctor in Birmingham, Alabama, where WWE usually sends their injured wrestlers for consultation and surgery. (Source: Wrestling Inc)
We say: Also wishing Sin Cara well, but it kind of helps take the load off SmackDown's stacked roster.
  • The Big Show is hoping to make his in-ring return at SummerSlam. He's already undergone hip surgery and is looking to get back in the next couple of weeks. His last match was the steel cage match against Braun Strowman last September, which was designed to write him off TV; he intended to appear at the Greatest Royal Rumble event but reinjured himself shortly before that. (Source: Wrestling Inc)
We say: While we love and respect the Big Show as one of the living legends of the business, is this still wise? Maybe he'd be better off in a backstage role instead, or working limited dates? We're just not sure if there's still any space for him on either roster.

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

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