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    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    The Grapevine (3/31/16): The Women's Revolution

    Good morning, and welcome to the daily Grapevine! Here is where we round up all the rumors, hearsay and tidbits of news from the wild world of professional wrestling that you may have missed over the evening.

    It's been a slow news week, which is weird as all the red herrings seem to have stopped on WrestleMania week, but we have a big rumor:

    • WWE is apparently planning a rebranding of the Divas division. The company has apparently given in to the pressure involving the negative connotations of the "Divas" term and will be reverting back to calling it the Women's Division and the title as the WWE Women's Championship, a title that hasn't been used since the original Women's Championship was unified with the current Divas Championship back in Night of Champions 2010. A new commissioned title belt, which will be revealed at RAW the following day, will look like a smaller WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt and with a white strap. Here's a couple of mockups floating around the Internet of what it might look like, as a peg:


      (Source: SEScoops)

    We say: Well, it's about time. Even though the Divas Championship is, by some standards, a pretty belt, there's been too much negative publicity surrounding the WWE's choice to keep the Divas terminology. The division does need some more legitimacy, and while the rebranding could've come earlier, there's also no better time to do it than at an event where three of the most heralded women wrestlers in recent memory are going to be duking it out for the championship. We can't wait for this change to come.

    • Regarding changes to the final WrestleMania card, apparently the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is now back on the main show. Meanwhile, the U.S. Championship match between Kalist oand Ryback is now a "WWE Network and social media exclusive," airing at 5:30 a.m. local time, earlier than even the kickoff which begins at 6. (Source: F4WOnline)

    We say: This tells us that WWE either has absolutely no faith in Ryback and Kalisto to do well anywhere near the main show, or they completely trust them to warm the crowd up. But that must suck for both men. At least the match isn't actually canceled—Daniel Bryan and Sheamus could've used a kickoff spot years ago.

    • There has been talk of Lucha Underground signing a broadcasting deal with Netflix, but apparently the show is closer to signing with Hulu. The deal would be good for two seasons, with an option for a third season. (Source: Wrestling Inc)

    We say: That's good to hear, but the show still isn't maximizing the most of its potential for revenue. What about Lucha Underground merchandise? Actually charging for tickets? There's so much slack to be picked up here.

    What do you think? Are you excited for the return of the Women's division? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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    Item Reviewed: The Grapevine (3/31/16): The Women's Revolution Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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