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    Friday, April 12, 2019

    The Grapevine (4/12/19): The WrestleMania 35 Mailbag

    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 week. Remember to take everything with a grain of salt!

    Here are a few updates on things that happened this week:
    • The finish to the WrestleMania 35 main event largely went down as planned. The crucifix pinfall finish by Becky Lynch on Ronda Rousey was what was scripted; the only apparent mistake was that referee Rod Zapata started counting before Rousey's shoulders were down on the mat, causing the confusion surrounding the match. Zapata was fined by the company for the incident. (Source: Fightful)
    We say: Oof. Zapata's error aside, the decision to go with that kind of finish for such a huge match wasn't the best idea. We feel like whoever pitched that has to be fined, too.
    • Sasha Banks is reportedly considering leaving WWE, having tried to quit over the weekend. It's being reported that she felt blindsided by the decision to have the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships change hands at WrestleMania, being under the impression that they'd have a strong run with the titles. Sources say she's being given a few weeks to consider her decision; since WrestleMania, she has not appeared on RAW or a scheduled guesting on the Wendy Williams Show. (Source: WON)
    We say: Whatever this is sounds like a personal crisis for Sasha. We don't know everything that's going on, but we hope she finds some inner peace.
    • All Elite Wrestling may have a new TV home on a Turner Sports channel. Warner Media Group, which operates Turner Sports, is reportedly presenting AEW to advertisers in upfronts next month. Turner, which had WCW on its TBS channel in the '90s, offering AEW to advertisers may be a sign that the rumors of the company being on a major network is true. (Source: Wrestling Inc, @fightoracle on Twitter)
    We say: If this is true, then it's a great huge boost to AEW. Being on TBS may also make the show more accessible to fans outside the United States.
    • WWE Creative member Robert Evans apparently quit before Vince McMahon could fire him. Rumors said that Evans was in hot water with Vince over the latter being mentioned in Bret Hart's induction speech, which Vince apparently doesn't like. In related news, Road Dogg also quit his position as co-head writer of SmackDown, reportedly due to Vince's micromanagement of the show. (Source: Fightful, PWInsider)
    We say: Looks like Vince McMahon has been on edge this week, but that's probably normal for a huge weekend like WrestleMania. Maybe it's time for him to step down, too?
    • Drew McIntyre's strange disappearance from the SmackDown Live main event this week was apparently planned. Speculation was that he was injured after he walked to the back, but it was apparently to protect his stature after the loss to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, as his team was set to lose against the New Day. The idea reportedly was for fans to forget that McIntyre was even in the match after leaving during the commercial break. The original plan for that episode was also Drew McIntyre versus Kofi Kingston, but was turned into a six-man tag also to protect McIntyre. (Source: PWInsider, Wrestling Observer Radio)
    We say: We'll be honest, we did forget he was in the match, but what the hell? Maybe don't book him against Kofi Kingston and the rest of the New Day if you didn't want him to lose? Or, we don't know, get around this problem in a more creative way?

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

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