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    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

    The Grapevine (9/2/20): News On Mauro Ranallo, Brock Lesnar, and Roman Reigns

    Mauro Ranallo

    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. Remember to take everything with a grain of salt!

    On Mauro Ranallo's WWE departure

    NXT play-by-play commentator Mauro Ranallo left WWE earlier this week, and the apparent reason was he didn't want to do it anymore. He had missed the last two weeks of NXT due to a family emergency back in Canada, and he reportedly realized he wanted to move away from his NXT duties, in favor of continuing his work as a mental health advocate. He will still be doing commentary for Showtime Boxing and Bellator. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)

    We say: While we'll miss Mauro behind the table, it's a decision we can respect. Best wishes to him in all his future endeavors—we mean that sincerely.

    Brock Lesnar becomes a free agent

    Brock Lesnar's WWE deals expired at WrestleMania 36, and he is now a free agent. Although his profile is still under the RAW section on WWE.com, Lesnar and WWE were not able to come to a new deal before his contract ran out, and it's being said that there's no pressure on either side to work it out.

    Lesnar will let WWE know when he's ready to come back, while WWE is in no hurry to sign him as there are currently no plans for him while they can't do big shows during the pandemic. Lesnar's merchandising deal with WWE also expired, resulting in the WWE Shop no longer carrying his merch.

    Lesnar is free to work for any company he wants, but many believe that he'll likely come back to WWE when the time is right. (Source: @Wrestlevotes on Twitter, Dave Meltzer)

    We say: This is probably good for the company right now—RAW doesn't need Brock at the moment as he's already done his job elevating Drew McIntyre, and they're finding their footing building some new stars right now. It's also good for Brock as it allows him to continue being the special attraction he is.

    On Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman

    Roman Reigns's heel turn and new alliance with Paul Heyman is something that's been planned for a while now. Reigns had apparently wanted to turn heel for a long time, and Heyman was open to the pairing due to Lesnar not being around. Reigns is set to be the top heel on SmackDown, with the Fiend being the top face. (Source: Dave Meltzer)

    We say: While we're not 100% sold on the Fiend being SmackDown's top face (surely there are more likeable wrestlers for that job) we're all pretty excited about Reigns exploring new depth as a heel.

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

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