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The Grapevine (6/4/15): Paul Heyman, WWE in Japan, Tyrus

Good morning, everyone. It's your daily Grapevine, and here's today's round-up of the (highly unconfirmed) dirt and rumors from the cartoon world of pro wrestling that you may have missed from the day before.

It's been a light day, with not a lot of hot news off the wire. Let's begin:

  • Paul Heyman is coming back as a regular TV character this month. The broadcasted Stone Cold Podcast appearance is the first salvo of his reintroduction, and he'll be around for a few weeks after Money in the Bank to bring Brock Lesnar back to TV.

We say: Obviously, this is great news. WWE programming could always, always use Paul, but this makes a Dean Ambrose loss an even more foregone conclusion because Brock should logically only feud with Seth Rollins (and to a lesser extent, Roman Reigns). Still, stranger things have happened.

  • WWE will be airing a Network live event from Japan on July 4. On the card as of now is Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor for the NXT Championship, which may or may not be Balor's title opportunity that he won at TakeOver: Unstoppable. It's also the same Japan show Lesnar in which is (currently) advertised to face Kofi Kingston. No news yet on whether the entire event or a select few matches will be aired.

We say: Nothing on Kofi as he's a great talent, but if this is going to be a broadcast, Brock's gotta face someone bigger. But Owens/Balor should be great, as always.

  • TNA star Tyrus (the former Brodus Clay) has been pulled from upcoming Global Force Wrestling shows after being advertised. The former Funkasaurus, who would have been wrestling under his real name George Murdoch, cited contractual obligations with TNA as the reason why.

We say: It's a little silly, actually, for Tyrus to sign up with GFW while still under contract with TNA, and for GFW to not expect TNA to do something about it. He's the only one on the GFW roster still under contract to TNA, and it's most likely that the latter was flexing what little muscle it could against the former. No worries, though; as much as we like Tyrus, it's not at all a terrible loss for GFW.

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