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The Grapevine (7/9/15): Roddy Piper vs. Steve Austin

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.

Yesterday, we found good rumors of the NXT Divas finally coming to TV. Today's rumors aren't that hot, but let's get to 'em:

  • "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has apparently been dropped from his WWE Legends deal, according to Ric Flair on his podcast. We didn't feel the need to report on his issues with Steve Austin and PodcastOne due to a Piper's Pit episode in which Will Sasso impersonated the Rattlesnake, but Flair's claiming that Piper was dropped because of it. Before last week, Piper had not released a new podcast in over a month, and it turns out he was released from PodcastOne. Piper claims he was released due to issues Austin took with Will Sasso's impersonation of him. According to Steve Austin, the Will Sasso episode aired months before Piper was dropped, and that he merely requested it be taken down because it had sensitive, private information he did not want public. Austin also claims Piper requested his release with the president of PodcastOne. (Source: PWInsider)

We say: Okay, now we don't know who to believe. Austin's side on the matter seems the most professional and reasonable explanation of the issue, but on the other hand, it's so easy to dismiss Piper's side as the rantings of an unstable, seemingly forever-drunken old man. A quick Google search will show you that Austin was at least correct in saying that the Will Sasso episode was right after WrestleMania. Now, Piper's Pit doesn't even show up on the PodcastOne site anymore. More as this develops, I guess?

  • While we're on the subject of legends, Chris Jericho apparently suffered a minor neck injury. On his podcast (as well), Jericho says he got it when Neville dove on him in their match at Beast in the East.

We say: Neck injuries are becoming dangerous territory again thanks to Tyson Kidd, so we hope Jericho is just fine. But if we're talking about the Red Arrow, wasn't he able to block it with his knees?

  • Former WWE superstar Maven is returning to pro wrestling. He'll be showing up at a Create-a-Pro Wrestling event in New York on July 19. He stopped wrestling back in 2007 after wrestling his final match against Test.

We say: While Maven was always athletically gifted, being away for that long probably won't make you look good unless he's taking his training seriously. Some of us here are closet Maven fans, so yay, maybe? Also, did you know his middle name is Klint? With a K?

Who do you side with in Piper vs. Austin, if you care? Let us know in the comments!

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