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The Grapevine (10/19/18): The Color of Money


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.

Here's why WWE is still undecided about Crown Jewel:

  • Moving or canceling Crown Jewel would reportedly cost WWE $2-3 million. WWE's lack of response to the Saudi Arabia boycotts happening across the business world may mean that it's staying with the deal, or at least considering a boycott as well. Backing out of their whole Saudi Arabia deal would also cost them $12-16 million of their 2019 operating income, which is the amount of profit they would get after deducting operating expenses. (Source: Deadline, Wrestling Inc)
We say: Honestly, they were doing just fine without this Saudi deal. It will mean less money for all involved, but when the options are money and at least a lack of negative PR, we're sure you can find a way to make the money again somehow.
  • NJPW wants to sign Shinsuke Nakamura, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows again when their current contracts end in January. There is no news on potential new offers from the WWE, but it's also worth noting that Nakamura has already settled in the US and Anderson will want to stay in the US to take care of his family. Gallows may be the only one who's looking into an NJPW return. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)
We say: Nakamura may indeed be a tough sell. At this point, however, NJPW may be better off maintaining and growing their current crop of talent, which is by no means bad.
  • Shane McMahon's appearance on SmackDown 1000 is their way of returning him to the brand's storylines. The SmackDown commissioner will be more involved again moving forward after not being seen since Greatest Royal Rumble(Source: PWInsider)
We say: Welcome back, Shane. We definitely missed ya.
  • Chinese NXT superstars Tian Bing and Jason Cheng were quietly released by the company. The two, especially Bing, were highly publicized as the crop of next big Chinese WWE stars, but that hype quickly sputtered out. Bing's biggest WWE moment was competing in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal on WrestleMania 33 last year. Also released was the other half of the Ealy brothers still on the roster, Gabriel Ealy. His brother Uriel was released back in June. (Source: WON)
We say: Well, it looks like Xia Li is China's only hope now. At least she's doing just fine.

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

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