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    Wednesday, April 13, 2022

    The Grapevine (4/13/22): Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar's Statuses Unclear, Details On Cody Rhodes

    Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar

    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 Brock Lesnar's current statuses unclear

    Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and former WWE Champion Brock Lesnar's roles on WrestleMania Backlash are still unclear, and Vince McMahon is still reportedly keeping silent about it. There was speculation that Reigns was injured in the main event at WrestleMania 38, but word is the match also went as planned and he's not hurting. The build toward the championship match at the next PLE had already begun on last Friday's SmackDown with a segment involving Shinsuke Nakamura, but this matchup is apparently not final yet.

    Meanwhile, Lesnar is advertised for upcoming premium live events, but has not been booked to appear on the past couple of episodes of RAW and SmackDown. (Source: Dave Meltzer, Ringside News, WrestlingNews.co)

    We say: It would be understandable if Reigns has an injury and Vince is keeping quiet about it, but it does seem Roman is fine and he's just being given some time to rest. We'd expect Reigns/Nakamura for WrestleMania Backlash as they had already begun the build for it.

    Details on Cody Rhodes's booking

    Cody Rhodes is apparently the RAW brand's #2 babyface, behind Bobby Lashley and ahead of AJ Styles. His use of banned words in WWE such as "belt" and "wrestler" is deliberate, as his current character is that of an outsider to the WWE. (Source: PWInsider, Wrestling Observer Radio)

    We say: Interesting that he's not already number one after the reactions he's been getting, but it likely won't take long before that happens. It's interesting to watch the WWE institution acknowledge AEW without outright acknowledging it, and it does make for a fresh character in its universe.

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