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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: The revitalization of the new Daniel Bryan 

When Daniel Bryan announced his emotional return to the ring, it was fairly inconceivable that he'd end up being a vicious and pompous environmentalist heel just eight months later. But the character change has revitalized Bryan and taken him to the highest points since the immediate aftermath of announcing his comeback. With Bryan completely buying into the change, "the new Daniel Bryan" has been far better in execution than it would have sounded on paper.

WON NEWSLETTER: December 10, 2018 Observer Newsletter: Death of Dynamite Kid

A look at the life of Dynamite Kid is the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer.

Look at his influence on the industry, his in-ring sacrifices, read comments from Bret Hart & Julie Hart, a look at his early days and his arrival in Stampede Wrestling, and his explosion of popularity in Japan.

Also look at Vince McMahon's latest stock sale, as well as co-President George Barrios selling stock.

Read about the decision to flip flop Takeover and the Hall of Fame ceremony in April. Look at awards given to Cena, wrestlers and charity work, and more on the restrictions placed on U.K.

Look more at the XFL and the battle with the AAF that Vince McMahon is going to have starting next spring. 

Examine UFC's decision to sign Greg Hardy and debut him on the same show as Rachael Ostovich and the marketing behind both fights. 

Read the update on the New Japan tag team tournament tour with results, business notes, lineups, the Tanahashi & Okada tag team and more.

This issue has an update on the WWE TLC show, with the card, plus ticket sale updates.

Read full coverage of both UFC shows from the past week, with match-by-match coverage and business notes on both shows.

Also look at the PPV numbers for Liddell vs. Ortiz what lessons is teaches.

There is also coverage of AAA's Guerra de Titanes and ICW's Fear and Loathing.

Read more on the MMA debut of the former Jack Swagger.

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  • Despite being announced, Naomi vs. Mandy Rose didn’t take place on last night’s episode of SmackDown. A segment where Jeff Hardy was going to address Samoa Joe’s “public service announcement” from last week was also advertised, but Hardy & Rusev instead faced Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura in a tag match. In a post-show video, Paige gave a storyline reason for Naomi vs. Rose not happening. She blamed it on Miz & Shane McMahon’s tag match and said Naomi and Rose’s feud isn’t over. Rose’s storyline explanation was that she had a photoshoot. Naomi and Rose have also continued their storyline on Twitter.
  • WWE uploaded a video on Instagram where Jeff Hardy, The New Day, and The Usos greeted and praised Mustafa Ali after his match with Daniel Bryan on SmackDown.
  • Jeff Jarrett was backstage at SmackDown in Las Vegas. WWE posted video of an interview Jarrett did with Mike Rome, talking about TLC and promoting SmackDown coming to Fox at last week’s Tennessee Titans game.
  • Vanilla Ice responded to Cesaro and Sheamus’ “Ice Ice Sheamy” rap from SmackDown: “This is so bad it’s awesome. Love it”
  • WWE posted a video with John Cena after he received the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at last night’s Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards. Cena said he accepted the award on behalf of all the wrestlers in WWE because he believes they would make the same choices as him if they were put in his shoes. Cena said he’s sending the award to Connecticut so it can be displayed in WWE headquarters.
  • Responding to a tweet where Bryan Alvarez called this week’s Raw ratings embarrassing, Jimmy Jacobs wrote: “Writing a 3 hour wrestling tv show every single week is f*ckin hard.” Seth Rollins then responded to Jacobs: “That’s the one thing I don’t think people understand. 5 hours of live TV every week. EVERY WEEK. Add in all the extraneous variables that affect the final outcome....and it’s a modern miracle that the shows come together as well as they do.”
  • The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio officially announced that WWE Fastlane will take place at the venue on March 10, 2019.
  • Curt Hawkins wrote about the toy drive that he and Zack Ryder partnered with Toys for Tots for: “I really can’t put into words what happened yesterday. It was special. I can say that the fans, friends, & family of the @majorwfpod are absolutely amazing. Together we donated over 2,600 wrestling toys to @toysfortots.nassaucounty. Unbelievable. Thank you!”
  • Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in a 30-minute Iron Man match for the FCW 15 Championship (from FCW’s September 18, 2011 show) will be added to WWE Network’s Hidden Gems section tomorrow. Hidden Gems will be added on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week.

Pro Wrestling

  • Dave Meltzer and Chris Jericho discussed the complicated legacy of Dynamite Kid on today’s episode of Talk is Jericho.
  • GLOW was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series in this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Alison Brie was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role on GLOW.
  • The WWN Supershow will now start at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, April 5 due to NXT TakeOver: New York taking place that night, and WWN has said their show will end at around 5:30 p.m. SHIMMER’s event will start at 11 a.m. Revolution Pro Wrestling’s show on that Friday has been moved to starting at 3 p.m.
  • The NWA uploaded video of Nick Aldis’ NWA title defense against Jake Hager (Jack Swagger) from WrestleCade.
  • To celebrate reaching two million subscribers on YouTube, Impact Wrestling uploaded the first NWA: TNA event and the barbed wire Christmas tree episode of Impact.


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