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The Grapevine (8/26/15): We Hope We Don't Got Some Bad News




Good morning, everyone! Welcome to the Grapevine, and for those who need to catch up, here's our round-up of the (technically unconfirmed) dirt and rumors from the cartoon world of pro wrestling that you may have missed over the evening.

We've been dealing with big show fallout for the past few days, and it obviously doesn't stop here, after a big RAW we just had:



  • Where's Wade Barrett going? Stardust inexplicably attacked Barrett last night on RAW, and while it was confirmed that he was going to shoot a new WWE Studios movie called Eliminators, it's interesting to note that he changed his display name on Twitter today to Stu Bennett. He's currently on his way back home to the UK, which is fueling the rumors further. (Source: WrestlingInc)

We say: While it's entirely possible that we're reading too much into what looks like an insignificant detail on Twitter, the way Barrett's been booked since winning King of the Ring makes it look like Creative really has nothing for him. We hope this isn't the end, as Barrett still has a lot in the tank, but at the same time we can't say we'd be surprised. There is a market waiting for him out there, as it was for guys like Drew Galloway. Let's hope we're just overthinking here.


  • The Dudley Boyz are back with the WWE full-time. It's not yet known what kind of deal they were signed to, but they are back and going on the road with the company. They'll most likely be challenging the New Day (as well as the Prime Time Players, possibly) at Night of Champions. Almost nobody backstage knew they were back, as they were kept hidden until it was time for them to be at gorilla. (Source: PWInsider)

We say: That... is pretty damn awesome. It's a great thing that surprises still exist in pro wrestling, and still manage to keep hidden from sites like this.


  • Seth Rollins is confirmed to be defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Sting at Night of Champions. The plans regarding the United States Championship aren't set in stone yet, but it's most likely that he'll be pulling double duty at the event—if the intention is to book him like current ROH World and Television Champion Jay Lethal. (Source: F4WOnline)

We say: If Sting's appearing on limited dates on the way to NoC, then filling in Rollins's time with a U.S. title feud would be a good idea. Let's just hope that it's booked as well as Cena's U.S. Open Challenges that ran concurrently with his feud against Kevin Owens.


  • Has KANA, the joshi who was seen sitting with Ric Flair and Sgt. Slaughter on NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, been signed? Japanese wrestling news site Enuhito.com does say that she was signed a few weeks back—but not during the Japan tour. WWE spelling her name as "Kanna" instead of "KANA" might be an indication that she has been signed. (Source: Enuhito)

We say: It's always great to have new talent. Let's just hope she doesn't get eroded in a Diva Revolution-like scenario.


  • In what could be confirmation of  one of our worst fears, has John Cena stopped plans for girlfriend Nikki Bella to lose her Divas Championship? There had been rumors going around that Charlotte was planned to take the title upon her arrival to the main roster, but Cena had reportedly spoken up to squash those plans. Dave Meltzer does not know whether that particular rumor is true, but does credit Nikki's relationship with Cena as the reason why her reign's been so long (other than the fact that they probably want to erase AJ Lee as much as they can). Meltzer does not know whether Cena stopping Charlotte is true, but notes that it could be true. He also doesn't know if Cena's spoken up in the past few weeks, but confirms that he's done so when Nikki was about to lose the title. (Source: F4WOnline)

We say: While this isn't the biggest problem with the Diva Revolution, and we're not quite sure if putting the title on Charlotte this soon would be the best course of action, we're quite disappointed to hear about this, if this is true. Of course, everything we run here is pretty much hearsay, as we are never really able to get down to the bottom of the story. In the absence of evidence, you decide what you believe is the truth.

What do you think? Do you want to see Barrett somewhere else? Are you excited to see the Dudleys back? Do you think Cena is holding back the Revolution? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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