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The Grapevine (1/11/16): The Triple H Way




Good morning everyone, and welcome to the Grapevine! This is our daily post rounding up all the interesting rumors from the wild, wild world of pro wrestling that you may have missed over the evening.

We're starting off the week with some... unusual news:



  • Triple H's appearance at TakeOver: London is getting a mixed reaction backstage. This was right after Roman Reigns took him out at TLC, and ideally if anyone's getting destroyed onscreen, they would have to sell the after-effects by staying off television. The feeling is had it been anyone else, they would get a lot of heat, but it's Triple H. It was made worse by Roman's promo on SmackDown that week, in which he says nobody has seen Hunter after the beatdown. Some at NXT are not happy, as disregarding Hunter's appearance at TakeOver makes it seem like the main roster views NXT as "second-rate." Creative should have at least acknowledged the appearance and downgraded Triple H's injury status, in a manner of speaking. (Source: WON)

We say: This is slightly confusing with regard to what it actually wants to happen. Does it want Triple H to stop acting above the story, or does it want the WWE to let Triple H slide and at least acknowledge his status as NXT God?

It does raise up valid points, but we feel that Hunter is clearly more in the wrong here. Let's face it, we'd rather protect the story than continue encouraging the unraveling of kayfabe. Even if NXT is Triple H's crowning glory, even if it's his baby and he's obligated to be there every step of the way while he's holding its hand, he should have respected the story. And someone should have enforced kayfabe on him. It's actually getting a little too much—playing an evil boss on RAW while being homreoom adviser to everyone on NXT and being nice to kids backstage. There's nothing wrong with being a nice guy behind the scenes, but actually showing it is the reason why everything feels so shallow onscreen (on the main shows, of course).

Sorry, NXT, but you don't win this argument.


  • AJ Styles was originally going to debut in the Royal Rumble match as a surprise entrant. Now that everyone knows he's headed to WWE, those plans might change. (Source: WON)

We say: Sometimes we still wish we lived in a spoiler-free WWE Universe. But put him in the Rumble anyway—the surprise factor lies in whether they will actually debut him there. And we'll still act surprised.


  • Bad Luck Fale is staying with NJPW. After being rumored that he'll come with Styles, Nakamura, Anderson, Gallows, and possibly Tama Tonga, he has officially confirmed on Facebook that he's re-signed with the company.
    There has been a lot of speculation around my future. I have had offers from all corners, and a lot of people telling...
    Posted by The Underboss - Bad Luck Fale on Saturday, January 9, 2016

We say: That's cool. Like we said before, we felt that his addition to the Exodus contingent was a little superfluous. Glad to see the rumors of negotiations are true, however.

What do you think? Who was in the wrong—Triple H for breaking kayfabe, or Creative for not acknowledging his appearance at TakeOver? Ultimately, does this really matter in the grand scheme of things? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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