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The Grapevine (10/29/15): Why, Dean, Why?


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 got a lot of juicy bits to get to this morning, so let's jump right in!


  • John Cena could be returning by December 13 at TLC, which will be held in Cena's hometown of Boston. The plan is to have him face Alberto Del Rio in a rematch for the United States Championship and to take advantage of the hometown pop Cena will get. Cena is also advertised to perform at the December 26 live event at Madison Square Garden, and will be on the road for the annual post-Christmas tour. (Source: F4WOnline, WrestlingInc)

We say: Man, does Jearn have to kick out at 2 even for his VLs? Seriously though, we don't even know why Cena's been written out in kayfabe. A return like this would have even more impact if Del Rio took Cena out and rendered him incapacitated. A six-week break for Cena is better than no break at all, but it also reeks of WWE's inherent lack of confidence in building a new star or trusting other members of their roster to fill in Cena's spot while he's away. 

Make no mistake about it: no one guy can replace Jearn. But if ol' Vinny Mac had some trust in the boys, several of them as the sum of their parts could actually challenge that notion with the right opportunity.


  • WWE has plans to repackage Los Matadores. They've been informed that they won't be working TV matches for some time, and the reason behind that is WWE thinks fans will forget Los Matadores. Meanwhile, there has been no word on what their next gimmicks will be. (Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WrestlingInc)

We say: Sinong niloloko niyo, WWE? Come on. You tried to make us forget that Primo and Epico are actually the guys under the masks, but we all know what's up. And now, we're supposed to forget Los Matadores? Here's the problem when you saddle two guys with such a stupid gimmick, a relatively entertaining theme song, and a little person dressed up as a bull: that's not the type of shit people forget easily. Besides, with the depths to which the Colon cousins have sunk, it's unlikely people will remember them as anything but Los Matadores.

  • Sheamus and King Barrett are now an official tag team. We'll be seeing them in a multi-team match against other official tag teams (the Ascension, the Lucha Dragons, and the Dudley Boyz) on SmackDown! tomorrow. (Source: F4WOnline, WrestlingInc)

We say: It's about damn time. Now, how about we consider Team No First Name an official tag team, too? More importantly, where does this leave RuRu? Word is that he was injured at the SmackDown! tapings this week, but it would still be nice to have him as the third man in Sheamus and Barrett's #squad. The Eurotrash Lads can actually be a thing and can help these three guys build some team while their singles careers are running in place. The only bright side is that we'll be seeing more of the Kings of the Ring, and that's definitely good news.

  • The morale in NXT is through the roof right now, but the main roster has a divide between the "have's and have not's". The guys at the bottom of the totem pole on the main roster had their $100,000 downsides raised to $125,000, while other talents also got raises to make up for the lack of pay-per-view bonus money as a result of the WWE Network. That being said, reports are that some talents at the bottom of the card are complaining about having a difficult time making ends meet, especially with their expenses on the road. Meanwhile, the top talents are reportedly getting taken care of well financially. (Source: The Wrestling Observer, Lords Of Pain)

We say: This is exactly why there either needs to be a union in place or WWE has to start treating its talents as if they were employees, and not independent contractors. Unfortunately, unionizing is the last thing wrestlers will do, especially if it means incurring the wrath of the almighty Vince McMahon. 

As for the latter situation, with all the political good will WWE's been trying to foster since Linda McMahon first ran for Senator, it has to make you wonder why they haven't tried to resolve this long-time labor issue. Status quo obviously benefits WWE, but you'd think that with Triple H among the head honchos now, he'd look after the boys and the girls when it came to pay issues. Nope.

  • Lucha Underground may be doing a sci-fi movie and a live event tour in 2016. To add to that, Cheerleader Melissa will be part of the Lucha Underground Season 2 as the sister of Marty the Moth.

We say: We can totally imagine a certain voice-over talent from a certain events management company called Ovation voicing this. "Inihahandog ng Seiko Films... Lucha Underground... the Movie!"

In all seriousness, just when you thought LU couldn't be more innovative, here they are making a movie about a wrestling promotion. The best part is, this could be the best wrestling-themed movie since The Wrestler from 2008! Here's to hoping the rest of the gang is on board with it.

As for Marty the Moth having a sister, it'll be interesting to see if she'll be just as creepy as he is. But what'll be even more unique is if she's the evil, dominant one who keeps Marty in check, similar to how Theo Galavan controls his violent sister Tabitha in Gotham.

  • And finally, WWE Creative plans to turn Dean Ambrose heel because they have no idea what do with him. The idea is that they can open up more opportunities for Ambrose as a heel to freshen things up for him, particularly, if the plans to turn Seth Rollins babyface by early next year proceed. (Source: Cageside Seats, Inquisitr)

We say: A heel turn could be great for Deano, but please, Creative. Don't let it happen just because you have no idea what to do with him. Ambrose is the type of talent who is at his best when he's featured in a prominent storyline. His best work to date has been his feud with Seth Rollins from last year, when Ambrose would do all sorts of crazy things to Rollins involving ambulances, refreshments, and hotdog carts. 

Keeping him in the background as Roman Reigns' supportive BFF is only holding him back, and maybe a fresh start as a heel could take Ambrose to the top the same way it did for one Stone Cold Steve Austin in 1996. However, if and when Ambrose turns heel, it has to be for the right reasons. People love Dean now, but Creative has to find a really good reason for fans to turn on him. They shouldn't let us boo him just because he's nominally heel. Don't fuck this up, WWE.

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What do you think? Do you want to see Cena's VL last a little longer? Can you ever find it in your heart to forget Los Matadores? Are you in on a Lucha Underground movie? Do you think Dean Ambrose should turn heel? Let us know in the comments section!

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