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The Grapevine (7/26/19): Rewrites and Reunions

Welcome to 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!

It seems that the new era of RAW and SmackDown are still not fully going:

  • Eric Bischoff has apparently still not had any creative input on SmackDown as of this week's episode. Vince McMahon showed up hours before the show started, rewriting the original script for the episode, resulting in things like Shawn Michaels doing MizTV and Daniel Bryan's announcement getting delayed again. For some reason, Bischoff was still reportedly only sitting in on the production meetings, despite spending time with the creative team. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)
We say: This is strange, because they've been trumpeting this new Executive Director role for quite a while now. The reports on when Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff are actually starting their jobs are conflicting and confusing, which doesn't give a lot of hope.
  • Rewrites for this week's RAW Reunion were also necessary due to medical concerns on the part of many legends. WWE's medical team had to flag many physical segments because of this, resulting in massive rewrites for the show. (Source: F4WOnline)
We say: Maybe that should be enough of a reason to continue focusing on your younger talent?
  • Despite criticism, the recent moods backstage on RAW and SmackDown have apparently been better. The vibe in recent weeks has been "refreshing," and the atmosphere backstage at the RAW Reunion show, especially of the legends, were that of "appreciation." (Source: @Wrestlevotes on Twitter)
We say: Can't knock morale, as great morale is what's needed to keep a show going. Let's hope they manage to leverage that morale into an improved product sooner than later.

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

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