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    Friday, May 25, 2018

    The Grapevine (5/25/18): She Can See Him

    Good morning, and this is the 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.

    Are John Cena and Nikki Bella back together?

    • E! is reporting that John Cena and Nikki Bella are basically back together. This report corroborates another by People, saying that Cena's media tour in which he professed his love and feelings for Nikki worked. It turns out that Nikki kept the engagement ring as a "reminder" of their love, but she has been refuting these reports, calling them "lies." (Source: E!)
    We say: It certainly doesn't help the feeling that this whole thing looks like a work to promote the new season of Total Bellas. It's not like we want to invalidate and undermine both people's real feelings about each other, but entertainment is a tricky, sketchy business. We wish them both some real happiness, though, and we support a happy ending.
    • WWE is apparently moving to a four-hour PPV schedule. The current format is three hours for the main show and one hour for the kickoff (with a 10-15-minute match) but with the co-branding of PPVs moving forward, they want to start the main shows at 7 pm EST. This might also mean that bigger events, like SummerSlam and Survivor Series, will likely be running even longer than four hours on the main card. (Source: PWInsider)
    We say: THIS IS A TERRIBLE IDEA. Once again, Vince McMahon would rather exploit the willingness of his fans to buy into the product no matter what instead of making some real, long-term systemic changes that would encourage compulsion. This may be the straw that breaks the WWE's back—but if it isn't, we won't be surprised either.
    • Toni Storm has signed a WWE UK contract. The wrestler from New Zealand, as well as many other new signees for the UK division ahead of this year's United Kingdom Championship Tournament, will also be free to work anywhere they want, but cannot refuse dates instructed to them by the WWE. There's no word on whether she'll be appearing on NXT or any Mae Young Classic shows, but she is advertised for the June 18 and 19 dates of the United Kingdom tournament. (Source: WON)
    We say: On one hand, this is something we're excited about. The main WWE shows may be stagnating, but what they're doing over on the UK front is highly interesting, paving the way for a brand-new paradigm of the global wrestling business.

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

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    Item Reviewed: The Grapevine (5/25/18): She Can See Him Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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