Triple H Talks Plans for New WWE Cruiserweight Series, Recruiting Talents for the Tournament, More

Feb 16, 2016 - by Staff

– As noted, WWE has officially announced that “WWE Global Cruiserweight Series” will premiere on the WWE Network Wednesday, July 13th at 9pm. They wrote:

For the first time ever, WWE invites cruiserweights from all over the world to compete in the inaugural Global Cruiserweight Series. Thirty-two of the greatest in-ring competitors under 205 lbs. will descend upon Full Sail University in Orlando and collide over 10 weeks to earn the right to call themselves the best cruiserweight in the world.

WWE is currently looking across the world for talents to fill those 32 tournament spots. Triple H spoke to PWInsider about the new show and said he’s looking at this as a fan. He also commented on how excited he is:

“I’m excited about this. I really am. It’s a really great opportunity for us to tap into what’s a really exciting talent pool. I believe, sort of an underutilized talent pool. There are just numerous, numerous, numerous Cruiserweights around the world that are great performers that have not fully had the opportunity to be seen around the world and that’s something that hopefully, WWE can give them.”

Before the series airs, WWE will be featuring the talents on their website and social media as Triple H wants fans to get to know the talents. He commented on selecting wrestlers for the tournament:

“I would say the vast majority [of talents on the series] will be non-contracted or long-term contracted WWE talents. We haven’t finalized the selection process, watching tapes and seeing who we want to work with and all of that. It’s going to be a discovery process. Look, I want to have the best in the world. I don’t want to negate anyone from that process because they are under contract to us. At the same time, I’m looking for the best in the world and the brightest around to give them a platform that they’ve never had. I’m certainly looking at the vast majority from being from the outside [of WWE.] When I say Global, I mean Global. We are recruiting from everywhere. UK, Japan, China, to find the best talent. That doesn’t mean we are going to find someone everywhere, but we are really trying to turn things over and really find someone from every part of the globe to be part of this and show the world who they are and what they can do.”

Triple H also commented on if this means the return of a full-fledged Cruiserweight division and title. He said:

“I think it is slightly the cart before the horse. I think..I want this to be something that is repetitive. I would like this tournament to be a recurring thing where we take the best talent from around the world and let them do their thing. Does that morph directly into a Cruiserweight division right away? I don’t know about right away…and it might…but we’re clearly looking at all the guys in this tournament and saying, ‘who do we want to work with long-term? Maybe we give this guy a year and we’ll work with him long-term next year’ and who are all these talents. I think where it lands is sort of a work in progress. If you look at this tournament, it’s going to be a platform where somebody and it could be more than one person, is going to be seen as one of the best Cruiserweights in the world or the best Cruiserweight in the world. It’s a hell of a platform and it’s going to get bigger and better but just not sure 100% what that is.”

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