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The Grapevine (10/5/18): We'll Play Around the World


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.

NXT wants to continue going global:

  • WWE is taking a good look at expanding the NXT brand further. With the added revenue from different deals the WWE is entering, officials from the company are considering pushing the brand harder internationally. While NXT UK has yet to air on the WWE Network, the company is looking at potential new footholds and Performance Centers in various regions, but there are no specific plans and timetables so far. If this happens, expect more talents both established and new signing under the WWE brand. (Source: WON)
We say: If you want an NXT Asia, now's the time to speak up. Other than that, we expect attempts at NXT Latino and NXT Middle East, since NXT UK is already handling the entire Commonwealth and apparently, continental Europe.
  • Pete Dunne has suffered an injury. The United Kingdom Champion has suffered an as-yet-unspecified "severe" injury, according to Ontario-based Canadian promotion Destiny Wrestling, which had to pull him from their shows this weekend. Destiny Wrestling claims WWE will be making the announcement soon. (Source: Fightful)
We say: Really unfortunate news for Dunne, British Strong Style, and NXT. We expect the UK Championship scene to shift now but we wish Dunne the best as he recovers from this.
  • WWE is trying to get the Rock to appear on SmackDown 1000. It's worth noting that the show was named after one of his catchphrases, but the Rock will be busy filming Hobbs & Shaw in the UK at that time. So far, the entire Evolution, former GMs Vickie Guerrero and Teddy Long, The Undertaker, Michelle McCool, Torrie Wilson, Edge, and Rey Mysterio's official WWE return are confirmed for the show on October 19. (Source: WON)
We say: Damn, we think that episode's already stacked without Dwayne! But it is his show after all, and how could the show celebrate 1000 episodes without him? And how could he ever pass up this once-in-a-lifetime occasion?

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

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