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    Friday, July 6, 2018

    The Grapevine (7/6/18): Don't Booyaka Just Yet

    Good morning, and this is 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 over the evening.

    Is Rey Mysterio officially back with WWE?
    • Despite reports to the contrary appearing today, Rey Mysterio has not yet signed a new WWE contract. That means he's still scheduled to be appearing at All In. WWE would likely be announcing the signing themselves if or when it happens. Mysterio is currently trying to negotiate a deal that would see him work part-time for the company, and that the two parties are reportedly close to finalizing a deal. (Source: WON)
    We say: We really would love to see Rey back with the company, and still allowed to wrestle wherever he wants. Which brand would you like to see him on?
    • WWE is apparently rushing all the Daniel Bryan storylines they had planned because Bryan hasn't re-signed yet. The current plan is reportedly for Bryan to enter his long-awaited feud with the Miz for SummerSlam and Hell in a Cell, after the Miz interferes in Team Hell No's SmackDown Tag Team Championship match against the Bludgeon Brothers at Extreme Rules. This is basically the company preparing for his departure, as Bryan is still renegotiating a contract. Bryan has hired the same agency that's handling John Cena, and his current WWE contract expires on September 1. (Source: WrestlingStandard.com)
    We say: That's an interesting take on this whole thing, and is certainly a convenient way to explain Bryan's current lackluster booking. It does make sense, though, and we'll see if it's true at Extreme Rules.
    • Ruby Riott suffered an MCL sprain in her left knee during a match with Dana Brooke in a RAW live event last Friday. This injury likely won't require surgery, and Riott will be out for at least a couple of weeks, or more following a proper evaluation. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)
    We say: We wish Ruby Riott a speedy recovery.
    • The WWE NXT UK division wrestlers are now making $31,600 for one year, which is an increase from $20,000 that the original batch of British signees were making from their deals last year. The increase is likely because of WWE targeting wrestlers who were with British network ITV for their World of Sport revival, including this year's United Kingdom Championship Tournament winner Zack Gibson, El Ligero, Dave Mastiff, Kenny Williams, Ashton Smith, and Joe Coffey. The female UK signees only have extended tryout deals that would also make them WWE-exclusive through this year's Mae Young Classic. These WWE contracts stop them from appearing for promotions with TV shows, and the company also has the power to cancel these deals after four and eight months. (Source: WON)
    We say: It's a little shrewd, but it definitely gets the job done, and we can't fault the wrestlers for choosing to get that money. The women are getting the shorter end of the stick, however, and that may not be a good PR look for the company in an era where there's an advocacy for equal pay.

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

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