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The Grapevine (1/29/16): Anger Management



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 have some saddening/maddening news on Daniel Bryan's return:



  • Daniel Bryan has apparently been told outright that he won't ever be cleared by the WWE to return. Even though two third-party neurologists have already cleared him, he still needs to be cleared by Dr. Joseph Maroon to work. Several other wrestlers were expecting him to return at Royal Rumble, which obviously didn't pan out. WWE has been offering him non-wrestling roles instead, and Bryan tried to argue his case to Vince, who refused to budge. (Source: WON)

We say: More fodder for the conspiracy theory of WWE holding Bryan down because they either don't like him or don't want him to ruin any plans, but keeping him hostage so that he won't go anywhere else. When was the last time you ever heard of a wrestling company refusing to let a man work because he's over? It's pettiness like this that prevents the WWE from making the most dividends out of its deep roster.


  • Meanwhile, Finn Balor is apparently staying in NXT to remain the face of its brand, while Samoa Joe is headed to the main roster. Sami Zayn is also in the conversation, as his promotion is long overdue. Joe's call-up might be delayed should plans call for him to win the NXT Championship. (Source: WON)

We say: Joe being on RAW is most likely due to AJ Styles, and with a roster that's depleting more and more by the day (we'll get to that in a bit) it's a good move. Zayn, too, even though Zayn's become more of the face of NXT and we'd be just as okay with him staying down there as we are with Balor. Imagine all the possible matchups with Nakamura!


  • Add Sheamus to the injured list. He's apparently down with tendonitis in his left arm, and although he's been pictured wearing a cast on his arm, there hasn't been any official word from the WWE about it. It's being reported that he's not cleared to wrestle for now, but will apparently remain on TV in a limited role. (Source: PWInsider)

We say: That makes two of the League of Nations out with an injury, three if we're counting Rusev's banged-up knee (which he continues to deny). At this point, we're probably better off calling them the League of Injuries. Seriously, though, how many more guys have to be injured for the WWE to start changing something up? How many more times are we going to ask this?


  • And speaking of injuries, Hideo Itami is apparently "nowhere near close" to returning to the ring. He's reportedly had complications after his shoulder surgery. (Source: WON)

We say: It's a damn shame that Nakamura has to come in and be the Japanese face of the WWE, because it means most people are going to forget Itami exists, and that's not good. Even though Nakamura is the best signing they've ever landed, Itami is still someone who can contribute to what NXT is trying to do.

What do you think? Should Bryan leave like Punk did? What should the WWE do about their injury situation? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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