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The Grapevine (9/8/15): This Week's 'Who's Coming Back to TNA' 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 over the evening.

Some interesting news for your RAW downtime:


  • Even though TNA's present and future on Destination America isn't looking good, they're still teasing big announcements for Impact Wrestling. One such big rumor is that someone they've worked with before is about to come back in a big role. (Source: PWInsider Elite)

We say: This is one of those shooting fish in a barrel stories where you can bring it up even though there's nothing really happening, and when something does happen, you can say that you were at least half-right about the news. There are no rumors as to who it is, only speculation that it could be Vince Russo. For the sake of TNA, let's hope that doesn't happen.


  • A wrestler publicly asked for an illegal livestream to last weekend's UFC event, and word is the WWE is looking down on him. He's apparently not with the WWE, but by doing so, he just hurt his chances of being with them. The WWE looks down on the practice of illegally streaming events, even if it's the UFC, because the practice hurts them too. Interestingly, there would reportedly not have been any issue if the wrestler asked for a stream in private. According to Bryan Alvarez, the wrestler is part of Lucha Underground. (Source: F4WOnline)

We say: That's... incredibly stupid on the part of the wrestler. First, it makes him look really cheap for not being able to afford a UFC event, and second, it really does hurt the business overall as everyone in wrestling is trying to make money from people buying shows. We're not distancing ourselves from the practice, as it's tough for Filipino fans to gain access to international wrestling legally, but at the very least the guy should have been discreet.


  • Regarding edited SummerSlam spots, Brock Lesnar's middle finger to the Undertaker has been restored. Meanwhile, the New Day's version of "Empire State of Mind" is still off the show.  (Source: WrestlingInc)

We say: This is strange. New Day's cover was clearly a parody of the song, and we're pretty sure intellectual property laws allow parodies of copyrighted material to be broadcast. Isn't that how MADtv was able to parody so many songs on their show?

What do you think, readers? Who could possibly be coming back to work with TNA? We mean, Jarrett is already back, the Dudleys are back with the WWE, no one wants to touch Russo, so who could it be? Let us know your guesses in the comments!

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