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The Grapevine (10/19/15): Electrifying Beasts



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.

We hope everyone's staying safe, warm, and dry over Lando's wrath:



  • Brock Lesnar vs. the Rock at WrestleMania 32 is looking more and more like a sure thing. We reported last month that this may be in the works (after the original plans were said to be The Rock vs. Triple H) and it looks like it's set in stone as early as now, as Vince McMahon doesn't want to wait until the last minute to decide it. It's something Vince has always wanted to do, and Dwayne is said to be a hundred percent game for either match. (Source: DailyWrestlingNews.com)

We say: The fact that we're setting this early is good to know, because at least the Rock has months to get in shape and put on a better match than Lesnar ever could with the Undertaker right now. It would be a lot interesting to imagine Brock throwing Dwayne around—or if it would even come to that, even.

  • In what looks like the final nail in the coffin that is the Blue Pants/NXT saga, it seems as though Blue Pants earned her release by acting unprofessionally and unappreciative of the spot she was given. She had reportedly been doing things like being on her phone too much during NXT tapings and had actually made a fool of herself by drinking too much and embarrassing herself in front of WWE executives, missing her flight back with the rest of the crew. (Source: WrestlingInc)

We say: We honestly don't know what to believe, but it's interesting to note that both rumors surrounding Leva Bates's dismissal from the company imply, at the very least, that it's her fault. While she has warned us on Twitter to not believe everything we read, the fact that we don't know what really went down until we hear her side leaves us to draw our own conclusions on the matter.


  • Tyler Breeze may be debuting this week, or next week. He's actually still booked to be on NXT through December, but that's normal for recent call-ups. Breeze had worked a dark match before SmackDown tapings last week. (Source: F4WOnline)

We say: We're a little leery about Breeze's readiness on the main roster, especially since he wasn't even a big fish in NXT's small pond. Let's hope someone's got a good idea for him up there.


  • Tommaso Ciampa has reportedly already been signed to a WWE deal. He's shown up on NXT over the past few months, and he's said himself that he's been signed to a contract. If this is true, he still seems to be finishing up his independent obligations. (Source: WrestlingInc)

We say: It seems more like a formality at this point, so we'd like to take a look at the interesting bit—if he is signed, does he get to keep his name? Or will he undergo a kayfabe name change? If it's the latter, how is that gonna go after he's made himself familiar to WWE fans as Tommaso Ciampa?


  • Big Ryck, the wrestler formerly known as Ezekiel Jackson, has apparently retired from pro wrestling. He reportedly told German promotion wXw that his match for them yesterday was the last of his career. Other than that, he hasn't given any reasons why he was retiring. Big Ryck was a former ECW Champion and Intercontinental Champion. (Source: WrestlingInc, wXw)

We say: That's a shame. Big Ryck wasn't universally-loved, but some of us thought he had something going for him, especially with the way he was written on Lucha Underground. Here's to hoping he finds a better life outside the business, if that's what he wants.

What do you think? Are you excited for Rock vs. Brock? Do you want to see Tyler Breeze on the main roster? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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