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The Grapevine (12/16/15): Heavy Is The Neck

Good morning, everyone! Welcome to the Grapevine, but today's edition does not involve any unconfirmed rumors simply because there are no good unconfirmed rumors to share with you today. Instead, we'll give you a roundup of yesterday's important wrestling news (actual, confirmed stories) that you may have missed.

If you're wondering where King Barrett was over the past couple of days:

  • King Barrett revealed on Twitter that he is out with a neck injury. Barrett, who was not seen on TV this week save for an appearance on the TLC pre-show, tweeted that he is currently rehabbing some nerve damage in his neck:

We say: For a moment we were afraid that Barrett was gonna be the next Mr. Glass, but we're glad that the injury is relatively minor. We wish the King a speedy recovery so that he can win the tag titles with Rusev. Or something.

  • Former WWE head of security Jim Dotson has passed away. He was 49. WWE fans, especially those from the Attitude Era, will remember him from his signature black shirt, newsboy hat, and goatee. He had apparently spent recent years battling some health problems, including a serious eye disease that prevented him from working. His family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover expenses, as he never got any insurance.

We say: Our thoughts are with Dotson's family in a tough time such as this.

  • Triple H announced on Monday that NXT will be touring the American Midwest. For the first time in the brand's history, the show will be coming to Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Chicago, as well as Pittsburgh and Detroit on January 14, 15, 16, 29, and 30 respectively.

We say: This is some really huge news for NXT. If the show doesn't become a brand that is nearly on par with the main roster in 2016, somebody will have sabotaged it.

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