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The Grapevine (11/12/15): Hollywood Dwayne Johnson



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 new sketches for the WrestleMania booking plans (which are still pretty much up in the air):



  • After reporting that the plan is for The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar to happen at WrestleMania, news is now surfacing that Dwayne may not be able to wrestle at the event. Apparently, he'll have a complication with insurance, as a project he will be filming in 2016 is not likely covering him should he suffer an injury wrestling before the movie is filmed. If this doesn't change, the Rock is probably set to just make an appearance and not wrestle.

    It would also mean that Brock Lesnar would need a new opponent. Since Undertaker/Lesnar, which was originally planned for WrestleMania, was pushed up to Hell in a Cell and Undertaker is now scheduled to face John Cena, it's likely that Lesnar will once again be facing Roman Reigns—most probably for the championship.

    Other plans included The Rock vs. Triple H, which was eschewed in favor of Seth Rollins vs. Triple H. That's also off the table thanks to the injury. Cena vs. Roman for the championship was also considered, but was also scrapped due to Rollins's injury. This backs up the rumors that Reigns was set to win the championship as early as Survivor Series. (Source: WON)

We say: You know what? That's fine. You don't really need the Rock to make WrestleMania special; all you need is good storytelling, proper build, and the right execution. You already have a ton of part-timers, but not enough full-timers getting their shine.

We are intrigued by the plan of Cena vs. Reigns for the title, if only to see how the audience would react to it.


  • James Storm hasn't signed a contract yet. He's in talks with WWE and he appeared on one episode of NXT, but they haven't reached a deal so far. (Source: WON)

We say: Let's hope that his solitary appearance on the Yellow Brand isn't something they did just to say they were able to do it.


  • The WWE is interested in signing the Kingdom once their contracts with ROH expire. Former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis, Michael Bennett's wife, has her ROH deal expiring at the end of the year, but there is no word about the WWE being interested in her. (Source: WON)

We say: The Kingdom wouldn't be a terrible add to NXT—one of the main complaints against Bennett as an ROH wrestler was that his style seemed "too WWE." If anything, one can look at it as an endorsement for the big leagues, but regardless of how he wrestles now, he'll fit right in with the dynamic landscape of the WWE.

What do you think? What other matches would you like to see at WrestleMania? Which celebrity or part-timer would you want to bring in for the show? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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