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The Grapevine (9/14/15): Cena For 2016

Good morning, everyone! Welcome to the Grapevine, where we round up the (technically unconfirmed) rumors from the wild world of pro wrestling that you may have missed over the weekend.

Let's start your week right with a heavy dose of headlines right now!

  • It seems that John Cena won't be having title reign number 16 as WWE World Heavyweight Champion until 2016. Prior to the announcement that Sting will challenge Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions, word was going around that Cena would challenge Rollins for both of the latter's titles. Later on, it was learned that WWE plans to keep Cena away from the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, have Roman Reigns eventually win it, then have other superstars challenge Reigns for it before Cena gets his opportunity. (Sources: F4Wonline and WON)

We say: All records are meant to be broken, so it's only going to be a matter of time until John Cena surpasses Ric Flair's record number of World Championship reigns. Sorry, Jon Stewart. As much as many smarks would hate to see Cena be established as the G.O.A.T. with this, we can't really disagree with the decision because if the goal is to create a modern standard for greatness, then John Cena is the obvious choice given everything he's done for WWE. 

As for Roman Reigns eventually winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship sometime in the near future, WWE would be wise to learn from its mistakes from this past year. While they are gaining a lot of ground in establishing Reigns' popularity once again as he feuds with the Wyatt Family, it's worth noting that a lot of the love comes from his association with Dean Ambrose. If WWE's going to pull the trigger on a singles mega-push for Reigns, they might as well do it after he turns on Ambrose, so that they can maximize whatever heat Roman gets from the WWE Universe.

  • The Wyatt Family's attack on Randy Orton was supposed to write him off WWE TV for a short amount of time. However, the source behind that statement has since retracted it, making it possible that the information provided is outdated, which is not unusual since WWE's plans are always changing. Orton appeared at this weekend's WWE live event in Huntsville, Alabama, where he defeated Sheamus in the main event, and he could also be backstage for tomorrow's episode of RAW at Memphis. (Sources: PWInsider and WrestlingInc)

We say: At this rate, we're not sure if WWE themselves knows who Reigns and Ambrose's third man is supposed to be. We hope they realize that they botched the angle featuring Randy's involvement on RAW and that they only have a couple of weeks left before Night of Champions. That being said, they better get their shit together and decide (1) what they're really going to do with Randy Orton and (2) who the third man will be. At this rate, we really just want to know so we can move on.

  • There's been a lot of Jeff Hardy mentions going around the WWE internally as of late. It's particularly noteworthy given that the Hardys were mentioned on RAW last week when Edge, Christian, and the Dudley Boyz appeared in the same segment. WWE has previously been fine with referencing the history between E&C and the Dudley Boyz while conveniently ignoring the Hardy Boyz (with the Monday Night Wars episode focused on both teams being a great example). The Charismatic Enigma is still under contract with TNA, but a WWE return is being speculated on since TNA needs to cut back on costs and Hardy is one of the top two highest paid performers on their roster. Fueling the fire of the return talks is the fact that Jeff Hardy was one of the names that WWE polled fans on with regard to returning to the E. (Source: WON)

We say: While it's great to get all nostalgic about the Attitude Era and all its big stars, there isn't really a place for Jeff Hardy in today's WWE. He's essentially a throwback to the industry's more reckless days. As recently as this year's Lockdown, Jeff was willing to take a bump to the head from the top of a steel cage to the steel steps. That type of shit won't sit well with WWE management anymore, and even if it somehow does, it'll only encourage the bad habits that Hardy has been notorious for maintaining. We love Jeff Hardy, but at this point in his career, the next time we see him should be at his Hall of Fame Induction.

  • And finally, Rey Mysterio has finally broken his silence about his WWE departure. He released a series of tweets last night explaining the reasons behind it: (Source: WrestlingInc)

We say: Given all of the rumors about the way WWE forced Mysterio to remain under contract and how Rey eventually left, it's nice to see that he took the high road and addressed the issue with class and respect. It's a great PR move on Mysterio's part and it gives us hope that he hasn't burned his bridges with WWE. At the very least, this shouldn't close the door on a future return as a global ambassador and a Hall of Fame Induction.

What do you think? Is Roman Reigns ready for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Do you want to see Jeff Hardy back in the WWE? Are you cool with Randy Orton as Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns' third man? Sound off in the comments section!

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