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The Grapevine (11/23/18): Monster Down


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.

Despite being booked for TLC, Braun Strowman is out for surgery:

  • WWE has confirmed elbow surgery for Braun Strowman this week. Strowman had been dealing with bone spurs in his elbow for some months now, and the angle on RAW where Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley attack him was to write him off TV for the procedure. The status of his TLC match is up in the air until they find out how much time Braun will need to recover. (Source: Wrestling Inc)
We say: We wish Braun a speedy recovery, but he should take all the time he needs to recover to make the most of it.
  • The current plan for RAW's main event at WrestleMania 35 is Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins, perhaps for the Universal Championship. Seth is reportedly scheduled to lose the Intercontinental Championship to Dean Ambrose soon to make room for this feud, while Brock's next date is a title defense against Braun Strowman at Royal Rumble. Braun should be recovered from his injury by then. (Source: WON)
We say: That definitely sounds interesting, and we hope it doesn't take Seth as long as Roman did to beat Lesnar for the title.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars' All Elite Wrestling venture is dependent on whether the Elite can be a part of it, and the Young Bucks are still under contract with ROH through the end of the year. The two will still need to negotiate with ROH; however, Cody and Brandi Rhodes, as well as Chris Jericho are free to join AEW, but their status is still uncertain. If the Bucks apparently do not end up with AEW, the whole deal would be scrapped. Some names in WWE are already interested in the venture at this stage.

    AEW has already applied for different trademarks that involve possible show names. On a related note, the Bucks' production company Killing the Business, Inc. has not trademarked The Elite for pro wrestling, but they have done so for Being the Elite. (Source: Wrestling Inc., Wrestling Observer Radio)
We say: No matter what this is, this is going to be one to watch. It's always great to have alternatives to the mainstream, and if AEW does get off the ground, we hope it can rise to become the real #2 in North America (NJPW efforts aside).

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

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