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The Grapevine (4/26/19): Smacky Three Hours


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!

FOX has already made some decisions on SmackDown prior to the move this fall:
  • SmackDown Live may become three hours on FOX. This was the speculation made after WWE Co-President George Barrios was asked about the show's direction on this week's company earnings call. However, the show would not have all three hours on FOX alone; if ever, the first two hours would be on FOX and the third would be on FS1 due to the local affiliates' news broadcasts.

    In other news, FOX also reportedly requested Andrade and Zelina Vega to remain on SmackDown Live after the pair were moved to RAW last week, as they apparently wanted a Latino star to promote on Fox Deportes, their Spanish-language channel. (Source: Wrestling Inc, Wrestling Observer Radio)
We say: Oh, boy. Even though SmackDown really needs that third hour, would that mean they'd get rid of 205 Live to make space for it? At this point, would the cruiserweight division be better-suited on the blue brand? So many questions and so many implications that are worrying.
  • The original plan for Kofi Kingston at Money in the Bank on May 19 was a rematch against Daniel Bryan, but Bryan is apparently injured. The nature of Bryan's injury is reportedly being closely guarded by WWE. They considered people like Randy Orton, Rowan, Drew McIntyre, and Samoa Joe to feud with Kofi, but they ultimately went with Owens. The plan for Owens was not to turn heel after a while, but to work as a blue-collar babyface. (Source: WON)
We say: That's really unfortunate, but Owens is so good in any role that the bigger worry really is whether Bryan is okay. Given his injury history, we really hope Bryan is okay.
  • Speaking of injuries, Jeff Hardy is apparently dealing with a knee injury. The SmackDown Tag Team Champion sustained the injury at the April 20 SmackDown live event in Wisconsin. Nobody is sure yet whether Hardy would need time off and drop the titles, but the earliest it would happen is next week's episode. (Source: WON)
We say: People are really getting hurt left and right. We hope it's not too bad, as the Hardys' win was pretty historic.

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

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