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The Grapevine (10/27/15): Shots of Patron



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 and last night.

We didn't do a Grapevine for Hell in a Cell because the main rumor was already debunked by the time we were set to publish. To make up for that:



  • Alberto del Rio coming back to face John Cena in the U.S. Open Challenge at Hell in a Cell was apparently the plan all along. It's said that the deal which got del Rio back, which seems to be a very good deal (with an easier schedule than most talents, except the Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, and Chris Jericho), was done weeks ago; however, del Rio gave the impression that it wasn't done that far back. There were people in the company who knew he was coming in.

    However, AAA did not know del Rio was returning to the WWE until Sunday. Del Rio is still the AAA Mega Champion, and he still might finish out his AAA dates until November, but that isn't confirmed. (Source: F4WOnline)

We say: Okay, there are so many things to go over about this news. Let's pick them apart one by one.

We're more inclined to believe del Rio's statement that it wasn't a done deal that far back. It's hard to believe El Patron beating Cena at Hell in a Cell was the plan all along when you remember that they were teasing a Dolph Ziggler turn for a whole two weeks (accidental superkick, heel tendencies when he answered the Open Challenge). If it weren't for Randy Orton's injury, the kickoff would not be the six-man tag match.

If del Rio got an easier schedule, then that means they were able to address his biggest problem with the company (and no, it's not really the racist incident).

Lastly, it looks like something shady went down in his dealings with the WWE. If del Rio really did go behind AAA's back to return, then it's even worse than the Hernandez/TNA/Lucha Underground incident; the WWE knew Alberto was the AAA Mega Champion and didn't tell the other side at all. (At least TNA was just negligent in signing Hernandez.) Or an even worse possibility: that Alberto wasn't truthful about his AAA status. Either way, someone did something wrong, and there's going to be some inevitable controversy.

As always, we'll keep you updated as this story unfolds.


  • There were reports arising after the show that Vince McMahon was angry about the blood in the Lesnar vs. Undertaker main event. Actually, while he wasn't too happy to see it, the real reason he was angry was because of the spot with the ringside doctor. Vince ordered the doctor to go in and clean the blood, but Brock just pushed him away. That was a complete shoot. Although Vince was angry, he didn't confront Lesnar, Undertaker, or anyone about anything. On a related note, regarding whether Brock bladed in the match, the feeling is that he was busted open the hard way, as a blade job wouldn't need nine staples to fix. (Source: PWInsider)

We say: Can't really agree with Vince whenever he decides to have someone clean up the blood. It's just too much of a buzzkill when you've got something going in the heat of the match. Especially if you're doing Hell in a Cell. On the issue of blading, who's to say that he didn't blade just because the wound was so bad? Maybe Brock hadn't done it in a while.


  • There is no heat on John Cena for taking time off to do his non-WWE project. Some were speculating on his status especially after losing to Alberto del Rio in just around eight minutes. Apparently, the WWE had known about the project since the summer. (Source: F4WOnline)

We say: There's just one thing that bugs us about this: this kind of conflicts with some reports stating Cena just wants time off for undisclosed personal reasons, reasons that are different from him filming a new show. But then again, if we're gonna find out, we'll find out.

What do you think? Are you excited to see El Patron back in the WWE? Did Lesnar blade in their match? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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