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The Grapevine (10/12/18): The Shawn Michaels 2018 Comeback Tour


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 week.

The Shawn Michaels 2018 Comeback Tour isn't stopping at Survivor Series:

  • A WrestleMania match is apparently in the plans if Shawn Michaels's current return goes well. While the rumored Survivor Series match against the Undertaker is still up in the air, the plan seems to be a possible match at the MetLife Stadium next year. There are still no confirmed opponents for him, and that match with the Undertaker could happen either at Survivor Series or on Royal Rumble. (Source: Wrestling Inc, Wrestlevotes)
We say: The only match we'll accept is Shawn Michaels vs. AJ Styles.
  • Bobby Lashley's heel turn was reportedly decided earlier in the day. People felt they needed another heel to replace Kevin Owens, who has a legitimate knee injury, and the turn makes sense since Lashley was supposed to write off Owens anyway by injuring his knee. Owens is expected to be out for four to eight months depending on how major the surgery is. (Source: WON)
We say: It seems like Lashley fits being a heel better, and more importantly, it means the pairing with Lio Rush no longer has cognitive dissonance.
  • The plan for Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Trish Stratus, and Lita was apparently always a tag team match at Evolution. The initial announcements of singles matches involving all four women was said to be merely a ploy to boost initial ticket sales before they could announce Nikki Bella vs. Ronda Rousey. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)
We say: This is a much better match on the card because it compresses two singles bouts into one. It also means that the rumored Evolution match listing we saw wasn't real—or this story simply isn't true. We'll find out more in the next couple of weeks.

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

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