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    Monday, August 16, 2021

    The Grapevine (8/16/21): Roman Reigns and John Cena's SmackDown Segment Was Unscripted, NXT Changes To Come This Week

    Roman Reigns and John Cena

    Welcome to the Grapevine! This section of Smark Henry is where we round up all the important founded and unfounded rumors floating around the pro wrestling scene that you may have missed over the past few days. Remember to take everything with a grain of salt!

    Roman Reigns and John Cena's segment on SmackDown was unscripted

    Reports are coming out that Roman Reigns and John Cena's opening segment on last Friday's SmackDown was completely unscripted and unrehearsed. Both men came up with their own lines, and it's not clear if either knew what the other was going to say. The idea from Reigns and Paul Heyman's side was to add shock value to the feud to get people talking. (Source: Ringside News)

    We say: Well, that certainly explains why the whole thing felt a little too real. Since the idea was to create enough controversy to get people talking about their match, the tactic worked. It's usually a worse idea than it looks to have two guys create some real tension in there, but something tells me that this is a little more relaxed than John Cena and the Rock were 10 years ago. (God, that was 10 years ago?)

    NXT's new changes to come this week

    The rumored new look, logo, and format for NXT are reportedly set to take effect this week. This is in line with the change in creative direction that Vince McMahon and Bruce Pritchard decided for the brand last week. The show will also be going back to taping many episodes in advance, though it isn't clear yet if this will be a permanent change. (Source: Wrestling Observer Live)

    We say: If they can go build younger stars while keeping Triple H's general sense of booking, this wouldn't be too terrible of an idea. Let's see if it sticks, and what's going to change considering NXT is in the middle of storylines and are a week away from a Takeover.

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