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    Friday, July 5, 2019

    The Grapevine (7/5/19): Holy Shit

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

    RAW wasted no time feeling different this week:

    • WWE is reportedly turning up the edginess on their product again to keep from losing teenagers to AEW. Decisions like the scripted "holy shit" remark from Corey Graves, the explosion spot on this week's episode of RAW, along with pushing younger wrestlers such as Ricochet were made to try and regain the teenage demographic before AEW begins their weekly TV series on TNT this fall. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)
    We say: We're not exactly sure that making the product edgy again is what's going to fix all the issues per se, but we're still here for things having a different feel. As long as the bigger-picture problems are addressed as well, you can have all the edge you want.
    • SmackDown is returning to the babyface Kevin Owens experiment. With his turn on Dolph Ziggler on this week's episode, it looks like Owens is headed back to the babyface run they were trying when he was brought back from injury, and abandoned after WrestleMania. (Source: Wrestling Inc)
    We say: This isn't a bad idea at all, but it does kind of seem abrupt after the reformation of his team with Sami Zayn. Shouldn't he get a feud with Zayn first to address those issues?
    • With their new push and the reformation of the Club with AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson may have signed new WWE deals. The plan with the Club reunion was made before Paul Heyman was named RAW Executive Director.

      Meanwhile, WWE was aware of Mike and Maria Kanellis wanting another baby when they were re-signed to new five-year deals. Maria only learned of her pregnancy two weeks ago, and WWE's awareness of their situation is part of their attempt to make their workplace more accessible to working parents. (Source: WON, Wrestling Inc)
    We say: It's a good thing that everyone found a way to make things work.
    • Despite appearing on RAW this week, the Street Profits are still in NXT. Their appearance was just a way to provide the brand with more fresh faces despite not being officially called up. It's being reported that Triple H still wishes to have the final say on who gets called up from NXT, despite not having an official designation with the appointments of Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff to RAW and SmackDown. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)
    We say: We understand the idea behind the move, but wouldn't this just be more confusing, especially with what Vince McMahon did to the top NXT guys earlier this year? Why not just use the underutilized talent that's already on the main roster? There are so many of them waiting for a spot.

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

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    Item Reviewed: The Grapevine (7/5/19): Holy Shit Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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