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The Grapevine (1/25/19): A Rowdy Exit?


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. Remember to take everything with a grain of salt!

Is Ronda Rousey done with the WWE after WrestleMania?

  • Rumors are saying that Ronda Rousey may be leaving the WWE after WrestleMania. Despite signing a multi-year deal with the company in 2018 through 2021, the word is her departure is "imminent" after stating she has plans to have children. Other rumors state she will merely be taking a break after WrestleMania, but all plans could change, especially if there is a new contract offer on the table. (Source: WON)
We say: This is highly interesting, and a little shocking at the same time. Ronda Rousey may not be the most popular female wrestler on the roster (that's still Becky Lynch) but she's only just scratched the surface of what she can do with the other women in WWE. Still, if she does go it may not be such a huge blow to the division.
  • There are currently no plans for Undertaker at WrestleMania. While the Deadman doesn't seem to be retired yet, he doesn't figure into any matches or storylines being planned for the show. John Cena also has no final plans going into the show, but mostly because of Lars Sullivan's current indefinite status following his anxiety attacks. Cena is tentatively scheduled to face Sullivan at WrestleMania. (Source: WON)
We say: Undertaker not being at WrestleMania this year may be a good thing for the whole card, as even though it loses the prestige spot of going up against him, it opens up the roster for new stories and moments. With the Deadman needing more and more help to get through each match every year, maybe it is high time for something else in his place—and let him rest in peace.
  • Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega almost signed with Impact Wrestling. The company under Don Callis and Scott D'Amore impressed the two before All Elite Wrestling came in with even better offers. Jericho has already announced his involvement with AEW, while Kenny is speculated to announce his signing with them after his contract with NJPW expires at the end of the month. (Source: WON)
We say: Impact got really, really close, but AEW was there to swoop in. Maybe next time, Impact.
  • WWE signed Abyss and Sonjay Dutt for backstage roles. It's still unconfirmed whether these will be producer roles, but it's worth noting that WWE has more openings now because of the new Performance Center in the UK. Both had also been working backstage roles in Impact Wrestling. (Source: PWInsider)
We say: And thus, WWE continues to poach talent from other companies. Let's hope that this contributes to a better WWE product.
  • WWE is considering turning Andrade babyface and putting him in a stable with Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara. Officials are reportedly high on the Andrade-Zelina Vega pairing, however, and that would likely have to change if Andrade were to be turned face. (Source: PWInsider)
We say: Not sure what this would achieve that Andrade or the others can't on their own—only Sin Cara would likely benefit the most from such a stable. The idea of the luchadores in the SmackDown tag team division is tantalizing, though.

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

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