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    Friday, August 11, 2017

    The Grapevine (8/11/17): No Carne Asada

    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 evening.

    Here's another update on the Rey Mysterio free agency:

    • It turns out that WWE didn't really pass on Rey Mysterio because of Konnan. The company simply passed on him, and Rey seems to be more keen on signing with GFW because it would mean working fewer dates and being able to do side projects. Konnan did not negotiate on behalf of Rey, and claims that if his involvement would be getting in the way of Rey's opportunities, he would gladly step aside. (Source: WON)

    We say: We knew the Konnan story was too absurd, even for Vince, so we're glad that it wasn't at least the reason for Rey. And we can respect Rey willing to go easier at this point of his career. Let's just hope that if he does go to GFW, the company won't waste him.

    • The Hardys were not on RAW this week due to some border issues involving Jeff. Jeff, who was previously convicted on felony drug charges, has trouble entering other countries. Matt was supposed to come in and shoot an angle with the Revival to promote their SummerSlam match, but due to Scott Dawson's ruptured biceps injury, creative decided to scrap him off the show instead. (Source: WON)

    We say: They might as well—the RAW tag team division needs a bit of an overhaul after this injury and the awkward face/heel team imbalance. We can only assume that they're going back to the drawing board after this.

    • Dolph Ziggler hasn't been on TV since the Independence Day Battle Royal on SmackDown because creative has nothing for him. He had been working live events all last month, but hasn't been seen since. He joins Luke Harper and Erick Rowan on the SmackDown sidelines. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)

    We say: Dolph's in a bit of a pickle, we think. On one hand, he's too good to not get some sort of spot on the show, helping put on solid matches. On the other hand, fans are just tired of him, and this time off will do him good both physically and creatively. Better to rest and think of something decent for a return instead of plugging away at something that's not quite working.

    On the third hand, however, SmackDown needs a supplementary show of their own to handle its surprisingly deep roster. We've been saying that RAW already has three hours, as well as 205 Live for the cruiserweights and Main Event for its midcarders (and cruiserweights, too). The Blue Brand is really being shortchanged here.

    • Darren Young has apparently been cleared to compete. Young had suffered a hyperextended elbow last January in a Main Event match against Epico. He'll be returning to RAW(Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet)

    We say: He'll be rejoining a completely stacked roster, but RAW has been doing all right to maximize its loaded locker room. D-Young should totally sign with Titus Worldwide, though.

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

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    Item Reviewed: The Grapevine (8/11/17): No Carne Asada Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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