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The Grapevine (9/3/15): The All Your Fave Indy Stars Are Coming To NXT Edition

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 overnight.

As the title says, we've got some big updates on who's coming to Orlando:

  • Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa are debuting on NXT in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, and it looks like more are following suit. Ciampa and Gargano are looking to sign with the company. We've reported yesterday that Rich Swann and Biff Busick are set to sign with the WWE, but apparently the word is they have actually already signed and will be starting next month. The "waiting for physicals" angle was a deliberate ruse to throw sites like these off. Meanwhile, we've also reported before that talents such as Drew Gulak and Chuck Taylor were being looked at, and it seems that they are about to sign with the company. (Source: WrestlingInc)

We say: This is huge news, and it comes at an opportune time when NXT is somewhat depleted by injuries and main roster demotions. We'd just like to raise the age-old concern of homegrown Performance Center talents being overshadowed, as well as not having enough time for all these phenomenal talent on a 60 to 90-minute wrestling show on the Network. 

The only way to make real sense out of all this is by speculating that Triple H really is gearing NXT up to be a legitimate separate brand. A pseudo-separate promotion, if you will—it already has a strong sense of autonomy. 2015 looks like the year NXT reaches critical mass, and 2016 seems to be the year it truly explodes to become something bigger. And you thought how it is right now is pretty big.

  • But speaking of Gargano and Ciampa, Ciampa might have already gotten heat on himself before even being part of the company. He was reportedly a bit problematic during his WWE tryout, trying to get all his signature spots into his match with Tyler Breeze, then complaining afterward about Breeze stiffing him. It apparently rubbed people down at Orlando the wrong way, and since he was working a tag match with Gargano (the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, it seems) it's possible that Gargano might have also taken some of the heat. A source says it might have hurt Ciampa's chances of being signed. (Source: WrestlingInc)

We say: Interesting to note, especially Ciampa's stiffing complaint, considering that indy wrestlers seem to work stiff. Even though some of us are Ciampa fans, we just hope it doesn't hinder Gargano from being signed. We'd want him in WWE at the very least.

  • WWE originally wanted Roman Reigns to be the cover of WWE 2K16. They ended up going with Stone Cold Steve Austin because they felt he would be able to promote the game more. (Source: WON)

We say: It's not a terrible sentiment, especially if you want to draw in casual wrestling fans to buy the game (especially after last year's lukewarm reviews) but you'd think a younger talent could use the exposure.

What do you think? Which possible indy signees are you excited for? Let us know in the comments!

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