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The Grapevine (10/15/15): 4:30 Na, NXT Na!



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.

We've gotten over the hump day, and the train rolls on:



  • WWE will be moving forward with an NXT show for kids, titled... NXT Kids. It was originally rumored a while back when an WWE production worker uploaded a filmed pilot on Vimeo, but was quickly deleted when people found out. Now, however, it seems to be pushing through, with this particular casting call for kids on Backstage.com. (Source: WrestlingInc)

We say: More than anything, it's a sign of the brand's growing expansion if they're targeting one of the company's biggest demographics. It also shows a certain kind of savvy, a savvy you don't really see on the main roster, when they're willing to spin off the main NXT show to cater to kids instead of diluting the product to do that. (On that note, Saturday Morning Slam should come back on the Network. Heath Slater could totally be the face of that show.)


  • There was a "negative backstage reaction" to Roman Reigns's promo on RAW this week. Apparently, some people feel that he, of all people, should not have been given all that time to cut a promo. On the other hand, Roman was given a lot of time to cut a promo again on this week's SmackDown. (Source: WrestlingInc)

We say: What the fuck is everyone's problem with Roman's promo?

Biases aside, however, this just sounds like a lot of nasty sourgraping from some jealous wrestlers. People want Creative to give mic time to people in order for them to flesh out their characters, and we're sure some of the wrestlers do too, but the moment someone gets enough time (and does a lot better than what we're used to from him, at the very least) people pipe up. Feels like a lot of people were just influenced by the dead crowd reaction.


  • In an update on the ongoing saga regarding John Cena's time off, while it seems to be confirmed that Cena is filming a fitness reality show for FOX, it doesn't seem to be the main reason for his vacation. He did ask for time off back in the summer for personal reasons. (Source: Wrestling Observer Live, WrestlingInc)

We say: We called it. It certainly is strange that nobody is excited to promote another mainstream project for a WWE superstar. The plot thickens.

What do you think? Would you watch NXT Kids? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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