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    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    The Grapevine (5/26/21): More Details On Velveteen Dream's Release, Hell in a Cell Name Note

    Tommaso Ciampa and Velveteen Dream on WWE NXT

    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!

    Backstage issues apparently led to Velveteen Dream's release

    Velveteen Dream's release may have been due to backstage issues he had with other wrestlers more than the sexual allegations levied against him. According to sources, WWE seemed to believe that Patrick Clark was innocent, which may explain why he was not released as soon as the allegations came out. Instead, he apparently "rubbed a lot of people the wrong way" as he merged his in-ring character with his real-life personality and became aloof backstage. He is reported to be "on his way to self-destructing and getting fired one way or the other." 

    Clark released a long statement about his release on Instagram, addressing the allegations and maintaining that he was innocent and being framed. (Source: Wrestling Observer Live)

    We say: Considering the fact that he was never fired in the wake of the allegations made against him (when NXT UK superstars were quickly let go), this theory may have some legs to it. WWE believing his innocence also likely explains Riddle's current status on the main roster. Whatever the case may be, Dream seemed to have been a liability one way or the other, and he may need a lot of help if he wants to stay in the business.

    Hell in a Cell not getting an extended name

    Rumors about the Hell in a Cell PPV this June being renamed to WWE The Ultimate Show: Ultimate Hell in a Cell are apparently inaccurate, as this will be the name of a special episode of The Bump. This episode of The Bump will be coming to the WWE Network and Peacock. (Source: WrestlingNews.co)

    We say: Looks like people were quick to jump to conclusions, but we can't blame them after the debacle that was the name of WrestleMania Backlash.

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