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The Grapevine (10/6/15): The Vacation, Starring John Cena

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've got a notable update on the rumors that Cena is tapping out for the time being:

  • It seems to be confirmed that Cena is taking time off for personal reasons following Hell in a Cell this month. In what was speculated to possibly be an advertising error, it's now clearer that it was a voluntary move by the United States Champion, who had apparently asked for this time off back in the summer. Cena will be gone until at least December, and it's not because of a possible wedding to Nikki Bella, who is still scheduled for the European tour in November. The plans for the United States Championship will be finalized beginning on today's episode of RAW, and it seems that Dean Ambrose will be featured in more headlining roles while Cena is gone. There's some speculation that the WWE might finally be forced to push Ambrose to the main event. (Source: F4WOnline)

We say: Cena taking some time off should be good for the company in general, and we don't mean that in a malicious way—the status quo will be shaken up, stars waiting in the wings will be tried out in fresh roles, especially for Survivor Series, and hopefully this will lead to new stories being told all in all. On the other hand, we also expect merchandise sales to take some sort of hit. (We'll defer that prediction to MDJ and his Best for Business column.) The best part about this, of course, is the part where Dean Ambrose is reportedly getting a push. It's weird that it isn't Roman Reigns, who they've been advocating earlier this year, but we'll take what we can get—and we like this.

  • Vince McMahon was in charge of all creative decisions for the Live in MSG show last weekend. For all the talk of Triple H taking over, it's still the Vince McMahon show, as Creative still kowtows to him, especially more so because of the sliding RAW ratings. (Source: PWInsider)

We say: Ah, the obligatory "grass is green" piece of dirt. Why anyone would think Vince would give up the reins while he's still breathing is beyond us. We will, however, take this opportunity to say again that Vince should give up the reins.

What do you think? Are you happy that Cena is taking time off? Do you want to see Dean Ambrose pushed in his place, or do you want to see someone else? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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