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    Monday, November 8, 2021

    The Grapevine (11/8/21): What We Know About The Latest WWE Releases, More Possibly Coming

    Keith Lee


    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!

    Backstage news on recent releases

    Here's what we know about the latest WWE releases from last Friday.

    Keith Lee apparently had perceived attitude problems, to the point that even those who were pulling for him had become frustrated. He reportedly had concerns about losing, and the new Bearcat nickname he returned with was not his idea.

    Karrion Kross was reportedly on the way to being repackaged, as officials saw that the gladiator gear character wasn't working. There were also plans for Scarlett to debut on RAW or SmackDown to wrestle, but those plans did not push through despite reported support backstage.

    There were also plans for Mia Yim to wrestle on RAW or SmackDown after splitting from RETRIBUTION, but those plans changed. Katrina Cortez, who debuted on the RAW brand in 2019 alongside Sin Cara, did not have any concrete plans for her character and was just called up to get Andrade and Zelina Vega over at the time. (Source: Fightful Select, PWTorch)

    We say: Looks like a lot of mismanagement all around, and a general lack of political will to try and get people over. This is especially jarring for a company that has a current directive to build for the future in developmental, and reading between the lines, it really looks like a coup against Triple H's scouting practices in NXT. The poor wrestlers are caught in the crossfire, while WWE higher-ups think they can consolidate each show's rosters around the same two handfuls of people. It will come back to bite them someway, somehow, but considering the revenue streams and the fanbase they still have, it's  also likely that it won't make a real dent in the foreseeable future. AEW can gain ground all they want, and even replace WWE at the perceived top, but it doesn't really matter as long as they're making money—and they're making real money.

    More releases possibly coming

    There are rumors of more releases possibly coming from the NXT roster. These are said to likely be veterans who aren't being used much on TV, such as Timothy Thatcher and Danny Burch. Meanwhile, Kyle O'Reilly and Johnny Gargano's contracts are up in a few weeks, which may cause a continued exodus of the veteran talent in developmental. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)

    We say: It only makes sense, as the influx of young talent down there has quickly made the veteran indy talent Triple H signed look wildly out of place. It seems like it's only a matter of time until NXT is all young talent, and that will be interesting to see.

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