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The Grapevine (7/8/2015): A Summer of Divas

Good morning, everyone! Welcome to the 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.

It's been a rainy morning today, so here are a couple of rumors you can pair with that cup of coffee:

  • The NXT Divas are coming. Yesterday, we found rumors regarding The Bellas asking Vince to call up the NXT Divas soon. We've got more information on that now. According to, the plan is for Charlotte to make her debut at next Summerslam pay-per-view. We can expect the Nature Girl to come to the aid of Paige as she wages war against Team Bella (the Bellas and Alicia Fox). Current NXT Divas Champion Sasha Banks will also join Paige as their third member.

We say: Now is the time to be excited for the Divas division. Yes, #GiveDivasaChance was trending a little while back, but honestly, have they convinced anyone that they're really worth watching? Banks and Charlotte have been tearing it up at Full Sail University, and having them come to the main roster adds a much-needed breath of fresh air. Hopefully this kicks the Divas division up a notch.

  • Speaking of the NXT Divas, we've got word on why one isn't getting called up. Accordiing to the same report above, Bayley was in the initial discussions to join Team Paige, however a broken hand seems to have set her back. Looks like we won't be seeing the Doctor of Huganomics on RAW anytime soon.

We say: Much as this sucks for Bayley, this might be an opportunity for her to stay in NXT and capture the Divas Championship. Charlotte and Sasha Banks leaving means that there will be big holes to fill in Full Sail, and the pair of Bayley and Becky Lynch look to be the division's next, uh, lynchpins. So Bayley, heal up, then chase that belt when you're back. It's quite hard to hug people with a broken hand, you know.

  • And finally, we might not hear the word "backbreaker" anymore. Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio notes that Vince McMahon and the WWE are pulling the term from television broadcast. For what it's worth, Michael Cole mentioned the word on last night's main event during RAW, but Meltzer mentioned that Vince has previously requested that the word be kept off television.

We say: This is... odd. Seriously, there are a lot of issues the WWE can focus on, but they choose to focus on this? Do you even remember Michael Cole saying the word last night? Meanwhile, the WWE still has issues to fix regarding its employee relations and in-ring product. News flash, Vince: banning a word from commentary does nothing to fix that.

That doesn't even touch on the fact that banning the word "backbreaker" opens up the possibility of similar words getting the same treatment. Why not ban "neckbreaker" while we're at it? Hey, Shawn Michaels is called the "Heartbreak Kid," should they ban him too? Where do broken hearts go, anyway?

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