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The Grapevine (3/10/16): The Second Coming

Good morning, Henrinites! Welcome to the daily Grapevine, where we round up all the interesting rumors and whispers from the wild world of professional wrestling that you may have missed over the night.

There's not a lot of rumors today, as dirtsheets all seem to be enamored with the ongoing Hulk Hogan trials. Nevertheless, there are a couple of big ones:

  • Seth Rollins is back in the ring training. The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion recently underwent reconstructive surgery for his knee, and hasn't been seen on television since December. He's been spotted at the WWE Performance Center training, which indicates that he might be back soon. His recovery time was pegged at 6-9 months, but it seems that he might be able to return sooner than expected. (Source: Rajah)

We Say: We had an idea this was happening when Seth was in the list of competitors for the Crossfit Games, but it's awesome to know that he's back in a ring again. He won't make it in time for WrestleMania, but a return soon after could lead him into a nice feud and match with somebody at Summerslam. Of course, there's no need to rush, but we can't wait to see Rollins back We've missed his laugh.

  • Rumors surrounding Kota Ibushi and WWE's Global Cruiserweight Series continue to churn.  Gabe Sapolsky recently announced that Ibushi will make an appearance at several WWN shows over WrestleMania weekend. The Japanese star will work two EVOLVE shows, as well as a WWNLive Supershow. Sapolsky and EVOLVE are known for their working relationship with the WWE, which has seen their affiliated talent make several appearances on NXT. (Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)

We say: Ibushi working with EVOLVE might be a way for him to touch base with the WWE, particularly William Regal, who is also scheduled to make appearances with the Sapolsky-run promotion. This looks more and more like a question of when, not if.

Also, if this has not sunk in yet, think about this: Ibushi, Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles all on WWE television, in 2016. That's incredible.

What do you think, Henrinites? Can Seth Rollins make it back in time for Summerslam? Will Kota Ibushi add some puroresu flavor to the Global Cruiserweight Series? Let us know in the comments section!

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