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    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

    The Grapevine (1/13/21): A New COVID Outbreak In Wrestling, WWE Superstar Spectacle

    Drew McIntyre and Goldberg on WWE RAW


    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!

    COVID-19 breaks out in major wrestling companies

    After it was revealed that WWE Champion Drew McIntyre tested positive for COVID-19, it turns out that AEW and Impact Wrestling are also affected by an outbreak of the virus. McIntyre was likely tested this week as the company geared up for the show, and is believed to not have been infected last week as he was cleared to work.

    There are reportedly four stars in WWE alone who have also tested positive. A holiday surge was apparently expected by officials, and many were reportedly surprised that it wasn't worse. As a result, many matches and appearances across the three companies were affected and canceled.

    On a related note, regular RAW wrestlers such as Asuka, Ricochet, and the Hurt Business were present at the show last Monday, but were not used, leading to Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, Keith Lee, and Matt Riddle performing in more than one match. (Source: Fightful Select, Wrestling Observer Radio)

    We say: Can't believe we have to repeat this over and over, but the thing to do was to shut the shows down. You can't just pretend everything is okay by having Drew McIntyre do a PSA. If sports leagues can suspend games (even if they're not outright canceling them either) why couldn't the WWE postpone a show and make sure the ThunderDome is safe? This is putting a lot of employees in unnecessary danger.

    Details on Superstar Spectacle

    WWE's special India event Superstar Spectacle will be taped at the Capitol Wrestling Center on January 21 and will feature the return of former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal from injury. The show will also feature the Bollywood Boyz, Indus Sher, and Mae Young Classic competitor Kavita Devi, as well as Indian trainees from the Performance Center. The event may be designed to drum up interest in or even lead to the rumored NXT India brand, but that is not confirmed yet. (Source: PWInsider)

    We say: Non-Indian fans will likely not care about this show, but a regional variant is never a bad idea (unless you're trying to encroach into Japan).

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

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