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The Grapevine (11/6/15): The Seth Rollins-Shaped Hole In Our Hearts



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.

It's been revealed that Seth Rollins has torn his ACL, MCL, and medial meniscus. Here's everything we know so far about the WWE's immediate plans:



  • WWE Creative is still scrambling to do something with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. While it has been announced that there would be a tournament to crown a new champion at Survivor Series, there is already talk going around within the company that those plans might be changed to crown a new champion at next week's RAW from England. Word is it might not even be a tournament anymore. Rollins is out for 6-9 months, and will miss WrestleMania; Creative is now rewriting all plans for TV, as they had Rollins pegged in the title picture for quite a while even if Reigns were to originally win the title before this had happened. (Source: F4WOnline, Wrestling Observer Live, WWE)

We say: Okay, first of all: START PROTECTING YOUR STARS. We were afraid, as early as Night of Champions, of something like this happening. Stop overworking them. Stop politicking and start building up a handful at the same time so everyone can share the load. Rollins is tough and fit and he'd been doing everything in his power to not get hurt, but nothing can stop the forces of wear and tear. If the WWE can't scale back their schedules, they really need to start building more people up to reliably carry a show.

Second of all: breathe.

You've been through this before. There's absolutely no need to change plans when you're in a panic and when you've already made a big press release about a tournament. There is still time, and because we're in need of new stars, this is the best way you've got to build more than one new star. Granted, it's highly likely that Reigns will come out the victor here, but that doesn't mean you can't make big stars out of losers, especially when you've got guys like Cesaro, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, and hell, even Daniel Bryan waiting in the wings. People need to do everything they can to stop Vince from his manic self. If Cena is to come back (which we doubt, since he's in the middle of another project and it would be bad form to turn back on those obligations), let him come back to put someone else over. There's no need to turn to Cena, nor even Brock.

This tournament is arguably the best idea you've got for turning lemons into lemonade. Breathe and don't mess this up.


  • The Young Bucks' exclusive deal with Ring of Honor is considered a game-changing deal. They're signed for one year almost exclusively to ROH as far North America is concerned; the only exceptions are Pro Wrestling Guerilla and, of course, New Japan Pro Wrestling. NJPW is said to have encouraged the deal to prevent any injuries from taking so many indy bookings. In addition to all that, the Bucks retain their own merchandising rights and the right to operate a store with ProWrestlingTees.com, a privilege no other ROH talent has even if they're not exclusive to the company. Other ROH stars aren't even allowed to work for PWG. It's a major deal as far as the indies are concerned, as it gives off the impression that ROH's parent company, Sinclair Broadcasting, is willing to spend more money on talent than before. (Source: WON)

We say: That's amazing. Whether the Young Bucks deserve that kind of treatment is arguable due to their notoriety, but this is great to hear with regard to WWE alternatives. It may be too early to tell, but could this be pointing to another wrestling boom?


  • WWE is apparently interested in signing Michael Elgin. Elgin's ROH contract expired recently, and WWE needs more NXT guys who can get the brand over. (Source: WON)

We say: While we love Elgin, this may be the first indy star we'd have to turn down for NXT. If NJPW is smart, they'd scoop him up before anyone else could considering the reactions he got at this year's G1 Climax tournament. It's also not like NXT is short on stars who could put the whole show over. Either way, if he does show up down in Full Sail, we won't be complaining much, either.

What do you think? Who needs to ascend to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship now? Let us know your picks in the comments below!

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