PW Insider reported the following on a new Cruiserweight Title :

WWE has commissioned a new Cruiserweight championship belt, so they will be instituting that championship for the Raw brand going forward.  We have not heard a timetable for when that may happen, although the plan is to start showcasing Cruisers on that brand in September.

We have heard that WWE started making contract offers to a few Cruiserweight Classic talents two weeks ago.  Some talents will be offered full-fledged deals while others will be offered NXT/developmental type deals.  Others may be brought in a per-date basis as the company.  The most notable name on a per-date basis thus far appears to be Kota Ibushi, who we have heard will be in for Summerslam weekend.  One would assume that means he is working the NXT Takeover show, although that has yet to be announced.

It would appear based on the most recent episode of The Cruiserweight Classic series that Cedric Alexander has been offered a deal.

We have also heard that WWE has commissioned medals for the finalists of the CWC, similar to what Jim Kettner’s ECWA used to do for their Super 8 tournament in Delaware.

A number of former WWE and TNA stars are currently on tour for Armed Forces Entertainment, entertaining servicemen and women who are stationed in the Middle East.

Shane Helms, Ken Anderson, Scotty 2 Hotty, Melina, and Sgt. Chris Melendez as well as comedian Johnny LoQuasto are on the tour, which started in Kuwait and is currently in Baghdad, Iraq.

Helms missed this week’s TNA tapings as he requested and was granted time off to do the tour.

The Big Show did a really good interview with Miami, FL’s 790 The Ticket.  He talked about his WrestleMania 33 match with Shaquille O’Neal and said that he is working out really hard and he feels better at 44 years old than he did ten years ago.  He will turn 45 in February and noted that he is in his last year in wrestling.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here.

Former WWE star and Mean Street Posse member Pete Gas will release a book about his time in WWE in March 2017, titled “Looking at the Lights: My Path from a Nobody to a Wrestling Heel.” The book will be co-written by Jon Robinson, who wrote the WWE’s Ultimate Warrior book as well as the forthcoming WWE NXT book.

Gas, a childhood friend of Shane McMahon, was brought in as part of his Mean Street Posse when McMahon began performing in 1998 as a professional wrestler. The team was signed to a WWE deal and used for several years.

Promotional material for the book reads:

How did an untrained, overweight former college football player end up in the middle of a ring, wrestling during the highest-rated segment during the WWE’s acclaimed Attitude Era?

That’s the story behind Looking Up at the Lights. As a childhood friend of Shane McMahon, Pete Gas was given the opportunity most only pray for. Beginning with appearances to interfere in McMahon’s matches, his role blossomed into becoming a full-fledge wrestler and leading the Mean Street Posse to WrestleMania, becoming one of the most fascinating success stories of the era.

From his humble upbringing and friendship with Shane (and the McMahon family as a whole), Gas shares how a 9-to-5 average Joe got the chance of a lifetime and made the most out of it.

But getting your foot in the door is one thing; staying is a completely different animal. With all eyes on him, knowing his lack of training and meal ticket being the boss’s son, Gas knew he had to win over all those doubters: from the fans and announcers to the wrestlers themselves.

Knowing he had to prove himself, Gas took beatings, chair shots, and additional training to not only show that he could wrestle, but that he belonged with such superstars as The Rock, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and The Undertaker.

Featuring a foreword by JBL, who famously nailed Gas in the head with a steel chair, and an afterword by Edge, readers will get an inside look into not only the training and sacrifice these athletes go through, but the behind-the-scenes workings of a day in the WWE.

The book will be released on March 7, 2017 from Sports Publishing.

Noelle Foley tweeted the following indicating that there will be a preview show this week for the WWE Network reality series Holy Foley:

The debut episode will air following SummerSlam next Sunday.

Interestingly enough, the WWE Network bot Twitter Account has indicated that WWE has reuploaded ECW Hardcore Heaven 95 to the service. The show held in the infamous ECW arena has been on the service for quite some time. I haven’t watched the reuploaded version so it’s unclear what edits WWE might have made if any to the ECW event that was originally released on home video. But my guess is they just upgraded the quality of the video perhaps.

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