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The Grapevine (8/2/19): Last Minute Summer Hits


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!

SummerSlam is a week away, but the card isn't fully formed yet:

  • Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler vs. Goldberg are reportedly set to be added to the SummerSlam card. Bryan is apparently going to be revealed as Reigns's mystery attacker from this week's episode of SmackDown, while the announced Ziggler vs. the Miz match is a red herring for when Goldberg (who Ziggler has been mentioning in interviews) returns on SmackDown next week. Goldberg is said to want the match to make up for his infamous Super Showdown match with the Undertaker at Saudi Arabia. (Source: WON)
We say: Interesting how the card isn't fully announced a week before an early SummerSlam. Bryan vs. Reigns should be good, while Ziggler vs. Goldberg would probably be entertaining.
  • This week's episode of RAW was said to be the most "Paul Heyman-influenced show" so far. The show, which got positive feedback online, saw a lot of new stars being built up, such as in the gauntlet match. (Source: F4WOnline)
We say: Vince McMahon having to do less is really all that's needed for the show to thrive.
  • Undertaker is now officially with the WWE for the rest of his career. The Deadman apparently signed a big new contract last April. He reportedly started booking non-WWE appearances after feeling like his WWE career was winding down following how he was booked last year, with the StarrCast appearance upsetting Vince McMahon. The new deal was made after things calmed down on both sides. (Source: WON)
We say: As long as they're able to use him like the way they did at Extreme Rules last month—the best he's looked in a long time—we'll be okay with this.

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

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