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The Grapevine (5/31/16): Cena (Not) In The Bank

Good morning, and this is your daily Grapevine! This section of Smark Henry is where we round up all the founded and unfounded rumors abound the pro wrestling scene that you may have missed over the evening.

We have some news about who that seventh Money in the Bank spot is going to be:

  • Although John Cena is scheduled to return to RAW tonight, he is not going to be the seventh entrant. We'll find out who it is by the end of the night, but it is not automatically going to be Cena. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)

We say: That's definitely some interesting news, as the ladder match could've benefited from his name power (despite the amount of talent already in it). We hope this doesn't automatically mean whoever he's facing at the PPV has to take the loss, too.

  • Speaking of name power, WWE really wants to make SmackDown come out equal to RAW when they split the brands by putting Cena on the blue brand. The show going live and the brand split was a joint decision between USA and Vince, stemming from the USA Network's unhappiness with its ratings. There is also a call sheet of the apparent roster split going around the internet, but we're not sure as to how accurate or final that may be, if it is even from WWE. (Source: F4WOnline)

We say: It's interesting that it had to take the USA Network to get Vince to finally change his mind on the brand split and not the sheer bloat of his roster. Where does NXT (the show and the brand) come into this, though? We feel like NXT Takeover: The End merely signifies the end of NXT as we know it, and the brand will be rebuilt around a new generation of talents. But we'll see.

Let us know what you think of today's news in the comments!

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