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The Grapevine (2/18/16): Of NXT Movements and Bad News



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.

Not much big news over the night, considering the huge rumors and announcements yesterday. We've got a small update on the Wade Barrett situation, as well as some news regarding NXT:

  • Wade Barrett's decision may also be due to health reasons. Yesterday, we picked up the rumor that Barrett will not re-sign with the WWE once his current contract expires. Barrett is reportedly frustrated with having never advanced past the Intercontinental Championship scene. His numerous injuries over the past few years are also said to play a part in this. (Source: Cageside Seats)


We say: We can't really blame him, can we? While his career has sputtered due to a number of injuries, it's obvious that they can't see him going beyond a certain level. This is a guy who debuted in a huge angle involving John Cena, and now he's been reduced to being Rusev/Sheamus/Del Rio's personal cheerleader.


  • Finn Balor will be back in the ring soon. After suffering a severe ankle sprain at the recent NXT live shows in Nashville, Balor seems to be ready to return to action. The NXT Champion is advertised for NXT's live shows this week in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which should put to rest any doubt that he might spend more time on the sidelines. (Source: Rajah)

We say: We hope this doesn't turn out badly for Finn, but it's good to see him back up and fighting. He needs all the warm-up he can get for his match with Samoa Joe at NXT Takeover: Dallas. Speaking of the submission machine...


  • The plan is for Samoa Joe to get called up to the main roster sooner rather than later. Joe is expected to be called up soon, with the RAW after WrestleMania as the likely option. The post-Mania RAW might also include a number of NXT talents making their debuts, such as Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady and Carmella. (Source: Cageside Seats)

We say: The RAW after WrestleMania is always a great place to debut talent, especially those popular with the smark crowd. Remember all those guys that debuted after WrestleMania? Samoa Joe and Enzo/Cass are going to get a ton of support should they show up then, and hopefully that momentum carries them forward as they begin their demotion promotion to the main roster.


  • The plan for the Global Cruiserweight Series is for it to occur annually. Yesterday, the WWE announced a 32-man tournament featuring cruiserweight (205 lbs. and below) talent from all around the world. Rumors are now circulating that this is not a one-time project, and will become a yearly feature for the WWE moving forward. (Source: Cageside Seats)


We say: PWG's Battle of Los Angeles. NJPW's G1 Climax and Best of the Super Juniors. Tournaments are fun and exciting, and it's nice to see that the WWE has finally picked up on the idea of making an exciting tournament year in and year out. That should make up for all the sputtering King of the Ring tournaments they've put out in recent years.


What do you think, Henrinites? Will Samoe Joe and Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady be seen on live television soon? Is the Global Cruiserweight Series going to become a yearly event? Let us know!

Cover photo taken from The Ring Post Report

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