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The Grapevine (6/9/15): NWA Streaming Service, Tyson Kidd, Network Shows

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

Interesting things are on the Grapevine today, so let's get on with it.

  • WWE has officially issued a statement on Tyson Kidd's injury. But it's still a bunch of nothing; all they said on the website was that he sustained an injury during his match with Samoa Joe. Basically, nothing we don't already know.

We say: Obviously, they're still trying to figure out what's wrong with him, or how bad the injury is. It's a decision we have to respect, but even other sports leagues issue speculative statements on those variables.

  • The NWA is starting its own streaming service. After the success of the WWE Network and NJPW World, the NWA announced on its Facebook page that it is making over 800 hours of old wrestling footage from the 1960s through the 1980s available on demand. At this time, no other details have been announced.

We say: More wrestling available to the world is great news. Our only fear is that there might not be enough demand for it from today's generation; the hook of the WWE Network and NJPW World is that not only is old footage available there, they draw in fans by having both contemporary and current material. Given that, this service may only be viable with Jim Ross's demographic (aka those who wish wrestling was still a certain way). Let's hope it's even cheaper than $9.99.

  • There might be a physical WWE Hall of Fame in the works. It's all unsubstantiated for now, but the story is that Universal Studios in Orlando is closing down NBA City, and one of the new concepts in consideration is a Hall of Fame restaurant.

We say: Non-story, but might be worth some hype. It's not even going to be a hallowed hall of legends if it's also going to double as a restaurant, though, and I think everyone deserves to have a space that's more than just a glorified Chuck E. Cheese.

  • Some Network news: Tough Enough is set to start production next week, and Swerved premieres this month. Tough Enough has producers from outside wrestling to help out, and Swerved is pretty close to quality as MTV's Punk'd, apparently.

We say: Re: Tough Enough, we think the people just want a pro wrestling show that's like Ultimate Fighter. As for Swerved, well, its target market is its target market.

Source: F4WOnline,


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