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    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

    The Grapevine (9/9/20): News On RAW's Creative, Retribution Update

    Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton on RAW

    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!

    RAW's creative direction is "falling apart"

    Reports are saying that RAW is falling apart with Paul Heyman. For this week's episode, Vince McMahon reportedly did not look at the script until the morning of the show, resulting in matches only being announced a little over an hour before the show was to air.

    While RAW is lacking a creative force, there is apparently a clear direction for SmackDown, which may explain its recent good episodes. (Source: Sportskeeda)

    We say: That's definitely not good, as for all his flaws, Heyman gave the show some actual hope earlier this year. That explains why the show had the same segments and matches (with a few important story beats). Yet they wonder why they're not doing as well ratings-wise?

    Mojo Rawley used in Retribution segment

    The Retribution segment on this week's RAW featured Mojo Rawley as one of the masked men. While, as always, the people playing the masked Retribution members are not likely to be the final revealed members, his usage was still worth noting. The second member who spoke in the segment was Dominik Dijakovic, and it's being rumored that he will at least be a confirmed regular member of the group. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)

    We say: What's taking the unmasking so long, anyway? The longer they wait before revealing the faces, the more the group is treading water with no real developments. They stated their case this week, but they should've done that a couple of weeks ago.

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

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