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The Grapevine (11/18/19): The Green Myles


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!

Here's what we know about Jordan Myles's ongoing war with the WWE:

  • WWE apparently tried to help Jordan Myles with his concerns before he went public on Twitter. This included pulling the problematic Jordan Myles logo shirt when he complained about it. Myles had not been seen in the Performance Center in recent weeks, and his profile still remains on the NXT roster page. Myles also mentioned his current WWE name being a "slave name," but it remains well-documented that he was the one who chose the name. (Source: WON)
We say: This situation got messier and messier, especially as it loses momentum over time. Our little conspiracy theory is that Myles may have been unhappy over a lack of direction following the NXT Breakout Tournament, and is currently trying to start enough shit to burn bridges and get out of the company. Whatever it is, it's becoming quickly misguided, and many other African-American wrestlers in the business are starting to see it. We hope Myles gets whatever help he needs right now and sorts this out.
  • The Saudi Arabia fiasco seems to have been truly caused by a series of issues on the airport and runway. A site called NEA Report, with the help of popular wrestling podcaster Conrad Thompson and AJ Styles, writes that the malfunctions involved miscues, refueling, mechanical parts that needed to be flown in from another country, and other flights that took more than 24 hours to solve. Saudi had also apparently paid WWE a day before Crown Jewel, plus the story about WWE cutting the live feed of the event was apparenly untrue. (Source: NEA Report)
We say: While this is a generally more believable, thorough version of the events (plus the Conrad Thompson assist makes us think that the anonymous high-ranking WWE executive is none other than Bruce Pritchard) one wonders why this rebuttal of all the news wasn't given to the usual wrestling journalists. In a time when everyone would love to know the real score about what happened in Saudi and not rely on the same kind of hearsay being criticized, it would've been a good move to acknowledge the major journalists (the same ones they talk to on conference calls) and feed them this information. Reading it, it doesn't seem like there was anything about the story that needed to be kept hidden from the public. Now that both sides are out there, however, people will believe what they want to believe—it's just a good thing to know the whole truth.
  • Oney Lorcan is the latest WWE Superstar to recently request their release. This news follows Oney changing his Twitter name back to Biff Busick, his name in the indies. While WWE has recently not granted releases from people who have publicly asked from them, such as Luke Harper and Mike Kanellis, there is word that they may be giving way to those they feel may not be adding any immediate value to another company. (Source: PWInsider, WON)
We say: Of course, measuring which wrestlers may give another company a shot in the arm is completely arbitrary and unpredictable, even when you think you could see it coming. They've been burned by guys like KENTA leaving and adding value to NJPW, but you never really know who needs that extra push to turn into a star. WWE still loses because these guys don't have a shot to become stars if they're not being used well, either, or if the system just isn't a fit for them. They're better off cutting those losses and saving money.

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