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    Monday, August 23, 2021

    The Grapevine (8/23/21): Why Becky Lynch Squashed Bianca Belair, Where Sasha Banks Is, Adam Cole Contract Update

    Becky Lynch

    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!

    What really happened with Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair, and Sasha Banks

    New SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch was a relatively last-minute addition to SummerSlam. Sasha Banks was not in Las Vegas for SummerSlam weekend, and never returned to the road after not being cleared to wrestle, while Bianca Belair was able to get cleared. WWE knew heading into the show that Banks would not be available.

    Lynch was only planning to visit backstage at SummerSlam and was originally figured to return in a few more weeks, but was quickly inserted into the title match after it was clear Banks would not be on the show. Vince McMahon made the call to do a quick squash to make Lynch's return huge, despite the concerns of some people that it would reflect badly on Belair. Lynch is now officially on the SmackDown brand as a heel, and it's being reported that Belair will not be losing her push. (Source: PWInsider)

    We say: Well, people didn't like how Becky Lynch won the title, but it's pretty clear now that they were setting up for a major heel turn. Looks like Sasha will take the fall here, as her mystery disappearance is what kickstarted the chain of events that led to this squash match.

    Adam Cole contract update

    Adam Cole has not yet re-signed a new WWE contract as of Sunday morning. Cole lost his two out of three falls match against Kyle O'Reilly on today's NXT Takeover 36, and he had met with Vince McMahon last week to discuss potential plans for the main roster. (Source: Fightful Select)

    We say: Unless something huge happens now, it looks like Adam Cole is headed to AEW.

    Photo from WWE

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