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The Grapevine (11/9/18): #BeastBack


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.

What is Brock Lesnar's status with the WWE right now?

  • Brock Lesnar is contracted with the WWE through to WrestleMania 35. The match at Crown Jewel was not intended to bury Braun Strowman, but rather make Brock's win against a man larger than him decisive. The plans for Brock are to have him feud with different RAW superstars, possibly including Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre, and a rematch with Braun would likely happen before WrestleMania. (Source: WON)
We say: We feel like RAW could've achieved similar storylines surrounding the Universal Championship without Brock, but he is pretty much still the biggest name they have. Let's hope whoever gets the Roman Reigns spot this time manages to make the most of it.
  • Speaking of Braun Strowman, a couple of reasons why he may not have won the title are injury and backstage heat. Braun is apparently working through shot knees, and officials might be reluctant to give him a push because of locker room heat he incurred through failing to observe etiquette. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio, PWInsider)
We say: This is likely not the real reason why he didn't win at Crown Jewel, as there's a bigger theoretical upside on having Lesnar win (strong emphasis on "theoretical"). But if he is injured, we hope he doesn't make it worse.
  • Apollo Crews is getting a push as RAW's new human highlight reel. Crews is done with Titus O'Neil and Titus Worldwide. WWE apparently wants to keep showcasing Apollo as a super athletic wrestler who can pull off impressive moves. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)
We say: Shame about Titus Worldwide because we feel like they could've accomplished the same singles push with Titus standing behind Apollo, but this is a long overdue push for a guy whose WWE career so far has been mishandled by the company.
  • Impact Wrestling is apparently looking for a new TV network. Their current deal with Pop TV is up at the end of the year, and the company's relationship with the network has soured after they were only informed by the latter of their move to a 10 p.m. timeslot days before. Impact's ratings have suffered in light of the timeslot change, drawing an average of around 100,000 viewers. (Source: PWInsider)
We say: Ouch. Impact's bad luck despite their vastly improved product is unfortunate, and we hope they're able to find a better home by January.

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

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