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The Grapevine (11/2/18): McMahon's Millions


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.

Why did Vince McMahon push through with Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia?

  • Vince McMahon was "determined" to hold Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia no matter what. His plan was should he be told by the US government that he couldn't do the show there, he would have tried to make it happen that he could wait a few more weeks for the Jamal Khashoggi controversy to die down before holding the show. (Source: WON)
We say: He really can't say no to that Saudi Arabia oil money, huh?
  • Daniel Bryan's reasons for refusing to travel to Saudi Arabia had more to do with the kingdom's treatment of homosexuals and the ban that stopped Sami Zayn from participating. Bryan knew very little about the country before traveling there for the Greatest Royal Rumble, and he believes he couldn't go back there. Bryan apparently wanted the Miz to win the #1 contendership match at Super Show-Down, but it's unsure whether it was because he knew the title match would be at Crown Jewel or because he didn't want to beat the Miz at that point in their feud. (Source: WON)
We say: While it's certainly a little noble for Bryan to have those reasons, isn't the timing a little off for this to be true? We only heard about Bryan refusing to go to Saudi Arabia after the Jamal Khashoggi news broke, so if this were the case why didn't we hear about Bryan refusing to work Crown Jewel much sooner?
  • There are plans to use Trish Stratus and Lita for WrestleMania 35. The plan is to use them in a big tag match at the event, presumably for the eventual Women's Tag Team Championship. There are no certain plans as to who they'll be working at the show just yet. (Source: PWInsider)
We say: Sounds good, so long as they'll be used to elevate the current talent.

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