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The Grapevine (2/11/16): That Awkward Moment When You Get Suspended For Playing With Your Boss



Good morning everyone, and welcome to the daily 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.

You may have heard about this bit of news over the evening already:



  • Titus O'Neil has been suspended for 90 days due to unprofessional conduct. The incident, where Titus grabs Vince "playfully but physically," was at the end of RAW, during the retirement celebration segment after the show went of the air. The reason for the suspension was that Vince wanted WWE to be a professional organization, and a lot of people have been messing around with this rule lately. Titus's suspension was most likely done to set an example to everyone backstage. WWE sees Titus as a valuable personality when it comes to their CSR work, especially with John Cena out, which is why he was pushed as a singles star; how this will affect his push remains to be seen. Batista recently tweeted that he advised Titus to ask for his release after this suspension. (Source: F4WOnline)

We say: We get the intention behind the rule and the suspension, but the whole thing just ultimately ends up looking petty and excessive. That might end up in a PR disaster for Vince and the WWE, especially that Titus has been punished too harshly during Black History Month.


  • WWE is still figuring out which cherry to put on top of Roman Reigns vs. Triple H at WrestleMania. As of last week, they were still discussing the possibility of having Vince, the Rock, Stephanie McMahon, and/or Ronda Rousey involved in the match. As previously reported, there was also talk of convincing Shawn Michaels to referee the match. (Source: PWInsider)

We say: Here's an idea—why not do a double turn?


  • Apparently, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano are actually not signed to WWE deals yet. This is contrary to previous reports saying they were signed after winning televised matches in NXT. They might be signed eventually, but it seems WWE is in no hurry to do so as the current situation in which they appear for NXT when they have to while still being able to take indy dates is working for all parties. There are also some rumors that Ciampa is sending feelers for bookings out to promotions in the Southeast Asia region, at the very least. (Source: PWInsider)

We say: This is more revolutionary than one might think at first—curiously, in trying to sign all the talents to some capacity with the WWE/NXT, Triple H is actually somewhat reverting to the territory system (or indy system) his father-in-law killed (or tried to kill, depending on your perspective). This is a good thing: if we can't have healthy competition, the next best thing to have is obviously talent sharing.

What do you think? Was Vince justified in suspending Titus O'Neil? Or is 90 days too much? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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