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    Monday, September 13, 2021

    The Grapevine (9/13/21): Vince McMahon Moves Title Match In Response To Strong Dynamite Rating, Gable Steveson vs. Brock Lesnar Being Discussed

    Bobby Lashley and Randy Orton


    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!

    Vince McMahon moves up title match in response to Dynamite rating

    The WWE Championship match between Randy Orton vs. Bobby Lashley that was originally planned for Extreme Rules has now been moved for this week's episode of RAW following last week's Dynamite beating the show in the 18-49 demographic. The title match for this week was supposed to be the Hurt Business vs. RKBro for the RAW Tag Team Championships, but that has been moved in a response to the strong Dynamite rating, which is an important metric for advertisers. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)

    We say: Here's Vince with the knee-jerk reaction once again, if this bit is true. We did notice that Orton/Lashley match was suddenly being promoted despite last week's RAW being clear that the Hurt Business would be getting tag title shots. Ironically, this kind of knee-jerk, pull-the-rug-from-under-you booking is why fans are losing faith in WWE; it's better to tell the story you were going to tell and build your ratings slowly over time. Of course, nobody's going to listen when you're panicking.

    WWE already planning a Brock Lesnar vs. Gable Steveson match

    There are already rumblings of a Brock Lesnar vs. Gable Steveson match in the future. It's not clear when this could happen, but it's not going to be anytime soon as the Olympic gold medalist is still set to finish college and undergo pro wrestling training. He is scheduled to start on TV next year. (Source: WON)

    We say: That's a money match waiting to happen, and WWE at least knows where the money's at.

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