Variety reported that Dwayne Johnson’s new YouTube channel with Studio 71 will launch on July 18th. It was announced at the VidCon 2016 digital-video conference.

Universal Orlando announced that their Fast & Furious attraction, which The Rock filmed scenes for, will officially open in 2018.
The Rock mentioned on the UFC Unfiltered podcast earlier this week that he is currently filming Fast 8 just wrapping on Baywatch in Atlanta, Georgia. That film which will release in April just announced legendary actress Dame Judy Dench has been added to the cast. Johnson also announced that he takes his family with him whenever he films.

The Great One is getting a lot of press for saying that he thought about going to UFC before entering a wrestling ring on the podcast

Sky Italy released the following updated WWE pay-per-view schedule that reveals that following SummerSlam, Raw and Smackdown will have their own separate events each month. One brand getting a traditional pay-per-view and the other being a Network special. That schedule is as follows:

7/24/16 Battleground Washington, DC Both
8/21/16 SummerSlam Brooklyn, NY Both
9/11/16 Backlash Richmond, VA Smackdown
9/25/16 Clash Of Champions Indianapolis, IN Raw
10/9/16 No Mercy Sacramento, CA Smackdown
10/30/16 Hell In A Cell Boston, MA Raw
11/20/16 Survivor Series Toronto, ONT Both
12/4/16 TLC Dallas, TX Smackdown
12/18/16 Roadblock Pittsburgh, PA Raw

PW Insider reported the following regarding the Cruiserweight Classic taping last night in Orlando Florida:

WWE filmed the first four episodes of the Cruiserweight Classic last night in Winter Park, Florida. Below you will find the matches for the first round of the tournament.

WWE utilized the NXT staff and Producers to work the backstage area. I was told that from a production standpoint, everything ran smoothly with the exception of stalling 20 minutes to allow fans to get to the venue due to a accident on the I-4.

There was also a belief that tickets that were bought by secondary dealers ended up not being sold, which led to a lower than expected attendance. The show was officially sold out.

Finn Balor was backstage.

In attendance at the tournament were Teddy Hart (carrying his cat, Mr. Money), SHINE star Su Yung and Florida independent talent Chasyn Raynce.

The first round of the CWC will feature:

*Gran Metallik vs. Alejander Saez.
*Ho Ho Lun vs. Ariya Daivari.
*Cedric Alexander vs. Clement Petiot.
*Brian Kendrick vs. Raul Mendoza.
Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. Damian Slater.
*TJ Perkins vs. Da Mack.
*Lince Dorado vs. Mustafa Ali.
*Akira Tozawa vs. Kenneth Johnson.
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tyson Dux.
*Drew Gulak vs. Harv Shira.
*Tony Nese vs. Anthony Bennett.
*Kota Ibushi vs. Sean Maluta.
Rich Swann vs. Jason Lee.
*Noam Dar vs. Gurv Shira.
*Jack Gallagher vs. Fabian Aichner.
*Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa.

WWE did not make the bracketing of the tournament available to the audience, so there’s no telling who will be facing who in the second round. (There will be a bracket special breaking down the tournament itself on July 6 on WWE Network)

Interestingly, no CWC merchandise sold. WWE sold NXT brand merchandise at the show.

The next CWC taping will be July 14

Top 10 SmackDown moments: WWE Top 10, June 23, 2016

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