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    Monday, September 14, 2020

    The Grapevine (9/14/20): More On WWE's Third-Party Ban, Asuka at Clash of Champions

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    Welcome to the Grapevine! This section of Smark Henry is where we round up all the important founded and unfounded rumors floating around the pro wrestling scene that you may have missed over the past few days. Remember to take everything with a grain of salt!


    WWE's third-party ban was months in the making

    Despite WWE attempting to ban its wrestlers from using third-party platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, and Cameo two weeks ago, Vince McMahon had reportedly wanted to do so "months ago." The move would've pushed through if it weren't for COVID-19, which delayed the new policy. As of now, wrestlers are allowed to use these platforms under their real names, but the policy remains vague overall as nothing seems to be finalized in writing. The new policy will apparently be enforced on a case-to-case basis. (Source: WON)

    We say: The confusion continues, making it quite clear that this new edict is, like many things Vince McMahon imposes on his employees, out of plain whimsy. As long as the rest of the world makes their disagreement clear, the wrestlers should be able to win this one eventually.

    Asuka's opponent at Clash of Champions

    RAW Women's Champion Asuka was reportedly originally supposed to take on WWE Women's Tag Team Champion Shayna Baszler at Clash of Champions on September 26. Now that Baszler is one-half of the Women's Tag Team Champions, this is less likely now, and Asuka's opponent is up in the air. (Source: WON)

    We say: Just give it to Mickie James or Peyton Royce. Is that really so hard, considering how shallow the division is?

    Davey Boy Smith Jr. to leave MLW

    Davey Boy Smith Jr., who is currently contracted to Major League Wrestling, has asked for his release. He will fulfill his last remaining contractual duties for the company. On a related note, Brian Pillman Jr. has also asked for his release. (Source: Fightful Select)

    We say: Looks like AEW is about to get two new stars—especially Pillman, who's already been appearing on their programming for quite a while now.

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

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