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    Monday, August 9, 2021

    The Grapevine (8/9/21): NXT Headed For Major Changes, Ruby Soho Expected to Join AEW

    Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong

    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!

    Major changes reportedly to be made to NXT

    The recent NXT releases are part of a big shakeup apparently happening to NXT coming from top WWE management. Vince McMahon reportedly wants to focus more on younger and bigger talent to properly feed the main rosters in the future, going so far as to shift NXT's direction back to purely developmental and hiring less "undersized" and "older" talent. Triple H and Shawn Michaels reportedly had nothing to do with last Friday's releases, and this new direction is apparently the fallout from NXT losing the ratings war against AEW.

    However, the new direction is said to not be 100% set in stone yet as McMahon is currently listening to people who have differing opinions on NXT, and that he may still change his mind. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)

    We say: Well, here's one thing that everyone really, really wishes were not true. Until the onscreen format of the show actually changes, it's still a backstage power play for now. While it's totally understandable on the business side, for a lot of fans, NXT is the best thing about the WWE right now, and that could have some merit to Vince. But considering what's already happened to talents like Keith Lee and Karrion Kross, it's also understandable if fans are pessimistic about this. Though NXT fans are a fraction of the overall WWE fanbase, this might just be enough to tip the scales in favor of AEW, as Vince doesn't seem to care about currying goodwill from his audience.

    Ruby Soho headed to AEW

    Ruby Soho, the former Ruby Riott, is set to join AEW after her no-compete expires on August 31. Her AEW debut is speculated to be on the All Out pay-per-view event on September 5. Soho had laid low and did not take any bookings since her release from WWE. (Source: Fightful Select)

    We say: The AEW women's division really, really needs someone like Soho, but Soho will also need AEW to book their women better when she arrives. Let's see what happens.

    Photo from WWE

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