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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: WWE's top 10 matches of 2019 Joseph Currier ranks his 10 favorite WWE matches of the year.

Looking back at the year WWE has had, you get a better sense of how much talent is in the company.

Main roster television and storylines have their problems, but narrowing the list of my favorite WWE matches of the year down to 10 was still incredibly difficult. The company produces so much product and has so many great wrestlers spread across Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and NXT UK. NXT was the standout in what was a transformative year as it moved to airing live on the USA Network, but all four brands were still represented on my list.

Here are my picks for WWE's 10 best matches of 2019:

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WON NEWSLETTER: January 13, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Death of Pampero Firpo, Wrestle Kingdom 14 review

With coverage of WrestleKingdom, pro wrestling in Japan and the death of Pampero Firpo, we've got another double issue of the Observer this week.

Our lead story looks at the legacy of Pampero Firpo, one of the top stars of the 60s and 70s. We look at his character, the Randy Savage connection, the start of his career in Argentina, how he got started in the U.S. and was a star in week one, his forgotten world title win, the story behind his getting the Pampero Firpo name and the legendary boxing match it came from, his first run with Vince McMahon Sr. in 1960, his second run in 1972, the angle that turned him babyface in Detroit, and his life after wrestling working at the post office.

The issue also covers: 

The wrestling scene in Japan, wrestling around the city, the wrestling stores, the advertising, the business from the Tokyo Dome, doing two WrestleMania in two days, why it worked for New Japan and why such a great first show ended up as a handicap.  We look at what got over the biggest, probably why main roster PPVs struggle the day after blow away NXT shows, as well as tickets sold outside of Japan for he two shows and growth of the overseas audience.

New Japan's expansion into the U.S., original booking plans for 2019, how Jericho and Tanahashi were able to do an angle involving the AEW belt, the political issues between AEW and NJPW, New Japan's 2020 schedule, and the future of the junior heavyweights.

A pension fund suing WWE and why, with the story behind it as well as the launch of the XFL and its new rules, we've got DVR numbers for AEW & NXT, a wrestler who may be leaving WWE and contract status, crazy stuff  some in WWE have been brainwashed on, lots of new lineups in WWE, Punk vs. Miz, Lesnar gets honored by University of Minnesota, new WWE signing, WWE awards, Ryback's latest issues with WWE, Canadian ratings for all the top U.S. shows, WWE and Russian television plus a rundown of the holiday season house shows.

Complete rundowns of both Dome shows, with match-by-match coverage, poll results and star ratings.

Upcoming major New Japan events.

WWE's traditional biggest house show of the year, the holiday event in Madison Square Garden.

Compiled lists of the wrestlers with the most great matches from the past year, the past decade and over the course of a career. 

Regarding the Wednesday numbers, we've got full details, demos that each side won, how every segment did and what match ended up as the difference maker. 

Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 


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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE

by Joseph Currier and Bryan Rose

WWE

  • Xavier Woods and Ember Moon will be part of the panel for tonight’s episode of WWE Backstage. The Usos are appearing on the show and Freddie Prinze Jr. will be the guest for the Promo School segment.
  • Triple H faced backlash yesterday after making a joke directed at Paige. When answering a question about her or Edge making a possible return to the ring, Triple H replied that he hoped they would be able to be cleared to return, saying “Edge has kids. Paige, she probably has some she doesn't know of”. Paige wasn’t happy with the line, writing on Twitter, “Even my boss jokes about me.. no wonder you guys still do it too.”
  • John Cena is scheduled to be on the Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday.
  • SoCal Uncensored reached out to the Department of the Navy to verify if Robert Remus, aka Sgt. Slaughter, had ever served in the Marine Corps or the Marine Corps Reserve. They got a letter back from the Navy, which said they were unable to identify Remus as a member or former member of the Marines.
  • Triple H spoke to Metro and was open to more appearances from Tyson Fury in the future.
  • Nikki & Brie Bella appeared on the latest episode of Kevin Hart’s Cold As Balls web series.
  • Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Johnson is scheduled to try out for the XFL as a kicker on Monday.
  • WWE has filed trademarks for Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, The Usos, Kayden Carter, AOP, Lio Rush, Mojo Rawley, Kane, and Bobby Lashley.
  • WWE uploaded a video with Nigel McGuinness, Kassius Ohno, Roderick Strong, Johnny Gargano, Jeremy Borash, and Cesaro reacting to Alex Shelley teaming with Kushida in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

Other Wrestling

MMA

  • Ryan Bader on Instagram noted he is looking to fight and defend the Bellator Light Heavyweight title in April.
  • Here are the first two episodes of UFC 246 Embedded.
  • Donald Cerrone talked to ESPN about his upcoming fight against Conor McGregor.
  • Anthony Pettis told Ariel Helwani that he is looking to sue USADA as he cut his thumb on one of their bottles during a drug test shortly before his fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 241. He said that the cut was so deep that it had to be glued together.

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