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The Grapevine (11/20/15): The Cold War

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.

There's a new set of NXT tapings going on right now and we'll get to that later, so first:

  • Lana has even more backstage heat now due to her ongoing Twitter feud with Paige. Lana accused Paige of bullying her when they were down at NXT, and the feud had gotten so intense (because it's 100% a shoot) that it became a point of discussion within WWE. However, Summer Rae and former NXT creative member Rob Naylor defended Paige. There's more heat on her now, adding on to the heat she got after her engagement with Rusev became public. (Source: WON)

We say: As much as nobody liked the Summer Rae/Rusev angle anyway, we do have to agree that airing your dirty laundry on social media is more than petty. Of course, both men and women do this, so we're not about to say that this is catty feminine behavior. It sounds a lot like Lana wants to get fired, at the very least—and nobody wants that. Let's hope this heat doesn't rub off on an already cold Rusev.

  • We reported earlier that the Rock may not get to wrestle at WrestleMania, but now he appears doubtful to even make the show at all. He's filming another movie that weekend, it seems, which is different from the project he needs to be healthy for. While it is doubtful he can show up, it was apparently made clear that an appearance can be done. (Source: WON)

We say: It feels like 2003 all over again, doesn't it?

  • TNA has landed a new TV deal with Pop TV, a day after reporting they were close to finding a new home. Some people backstage knew that something had been brewing, but didn't bother to ask for specifics. The feeling they got from the office, however, was that it was something very positive. (Source: WrestlingInc)

We say: We're happy for TNA because we want the entire wrestling scene to thrive. But don't be wasting your third chance, TNA. You're losing a lot of talent to the competition (more on that later) and the onus is on you to develop your young stars and start a renaissance with them.

What do you think? What is Lana trying to do here? Who do you agree with? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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