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    Friday, April 16, 2021

    The Grapevine (4/16/21): What We Know About WWE's Releases, Plans For Aleister Black

    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!

    More details about today's WWE releases

    With regard to today's releases of Samoa Joe, Mickie James, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Bo Dallas, Kalisto, Chelsea Green, Tucker, Mojo Rawley, and Wesley Blake, WWE wrestlers actually asked a few months ago if they were in danger of being released, and they were told no. They ended up being released anyway, with returning head of talent relations John Laurinaitis making the calls and citing "budget cuts" as the reason behind the releases.

    Samoa Joe had expressed his desire to continue wrestling, but WWE would not clear him medically to compete. Mickie James had also been "vocal" about her desire to continue wrestling. Bo Dallas, who had been backstage at SmackDown without ever being used, had apparently already been looking into other business endeavors. (Source: Fightful Select)

    We say: While this is still a terrible thing to do as the company is swimming in cash after a $1 billion deal with NBC, we're not as despondent as we were last year. The US is recovering, the wrestling industry is doing the same, and last year's batch of releases proved that there are opportunities to be had in a life after WWE. Honestly, the people who were released were not really getting their fair shake, and people should actually be happy that they could go find work in other places that could use them a lot better than WWE did—and that they're gone from the company's oppressive atmosphere. There's a lot more positivity this time around on their end, but not necessarily on WWE's.

    WWE has new plans for Aleister Black

    One person not among the wrestlers WWE released is Aleister Black, who apparently figures in new creative plans. WWE has been filming new Aleister Black promos presumably airing on SmackDown, after Black was drafted to the brand last October. (Source: PWInsider)

    We say: This is at least good to hear. Aleister Black would have been better used elsewhere, but if they're going to be making an effort, then it can only be a good thing.

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