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F4W NEWSLETTER: Rey Mysterio's US title win Joseph Currier looks at how WWE has started to use the legendary Mysterio to his full potential.

After periods of not being used as well as he should have been, it seems like Rey Mysterio's legendary career may get the dream final stretch that it deserves.

Mysterio was at the center of a great moment on last week's post-Survivor Series edition of Raw. With Humberto Carrillo being attacked by The O.C. before his scheduled title shot, Mysterio won two straight matches to become United States Champion. He defeated Ricochet, Randy Orton, and Drew McIntyre in a number one contender's fatal four-way match and then beat AJ Styles to win the US title.

Mysterio pinned Ricochet to get the immediate title shot against Styles. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson had interfered when Orton had the fatal four-way won, and Orton then helped Mysterio even the odds a bit when The O.C. got involved in the title match. Orton took out Gallows and Anderson, gave Styles an RKO after Mysterio hit the 619, and Mysterio followed up with a frog splash to win the title. Mysterio then celebrated in the ring with his son Dominik.

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WON NEWSLETTER: December 16, 2019 Observer Newsletter: TLC card mystery, Kelly Klein/ROH issues, more Why TLC doesn't have a card 10 days before the show, plus tons of news.

At press time, with ten days to go before the WWE TLC PPV show on 12/15 in Minneapolis, they are exactly zero matches officially announced on television.

WWE sent the Target Center three matches several weeks back to start advertising, which were Bobby Lashley vs. Rusev, Asuka & Kairi Sane vs. Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch in a TLC match for the women’s tag team titles, and Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin. At the time, all three matches were actually scheduled for the show as opposed to just matches sent to give the arena something to advertise.

All three matches are still scheduled for the show, but one of the reasons nothing else has been advertised, and directions aren’t even clear from television, is because Vince McMahon hasn’t made final decisions.

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

The Observer Hall of Fame issue will be out this coming Thursday. There are ten new members of the Hall of Fame, which is a record I believe. 

In the New Japan tag team tournament, Evil & Sanada are 13-1, while Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa  and Juice Robinson & David Finlay are 12-2. Tonga & Loa face Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi. If they lose, they are eliminated.  If it's a draw they are eliminated. If they win, it gets confusing. Evil & Sanada face Robinson & Finlay. If Robinson & Finlay win and Tonga & Loa win, all three teams are tied and they will also be 1-1 against the other two which means a playoff.  That also means it probably won't happen. If Evil & Sanada win they are 14-1, go to the Tokyo Dome to face Tonga & Loa, who they beat in the tournament. 

In the classless move of the day award, Liz Carmouche was doing promotional work for tomorrow night's show in Washington, DC with her military background, and while there, got word that she was being released. Her last fight was a flyweight title loss to Valentina Shevchenko. The fight was really bad and all, but she's a key part of UFC history with all the promotional work she did to lead to the great success of UFC's first-ever women's fight, a PPV headliner no less, with Ronda Rousey, that proved women could draw on PPV in a main event position.

The annual CMLL Legends show takes place tonight at Arena Mexico. The legends matches, featuring a number of stars in their 60s, are likely to be very slow. Bandido is on the show in the semi after leaving AAA.

Regarding the note in the Observer about Saraya Knight noting she had to cancel her Australia tour because of her husband being in the hospital, Paige wrote that her father was okay and he partied too much which led to complications with his diabetes.

WWE

  • Sky in the UK has moved Smackdown to the Sky Sports Mix channel until the contract expires at the end of the month.
  • La Presse, a Montreal newspaper, is doing a readers poll for the best Quebec athlete of the last decade.  Of the 16 choices, one was Kevin Owens. The favorite is likely Georges St-Pierre.  
  • This is the latest from the 12/26 holiday show in Madison Square Garden
    • Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
    • Asuka & Kairi Sane vs. Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair in a cage match for the tag titles
    • Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade for the U.S. title
    • Randy Orton vs. A.J. Styles
    • Rusev vs. Bobby Lashley No holds barred
  • Shawn Michaels won a Best Supporting Actor award at the NE Film Festival for his role as Jimmy Divine.
  • WWE is pushing Jessica Carr's debut tonight on Smackdown as the first female referee on the main roster. Actually the first was Rita Chatterton about 35 years ago.

UFC

  • Diego Sanchez vs. Michel Pereira has been added to the 2/15 UFC show in Rio Rancho, NM.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • WWN is offering a first month free deal for Club WWN which would start with tonight's show in Livonia, MI.
  • AXS TV has a one-hour long preview of the Tito Ortiz vs. Alberto El Patron fight at 10 p.m. Eastern tonight. The two headline a PPV tomorrow night from McAllen, TX.
  • Tenshin Nasukawa, the undefeated kickboxing superstar in Japan, will face Ru Ebata in a 123 pound fight as one of the main events on the Rizin New Year's Eve show from the Saitama Super Arena.  Nasukawa was knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match this past New Year's Eve. That fight caused people to lose their minds in multiple ways.  
  • A number of wrestlers are filming a movie called The Replaceables.  Among those in the movie are Larry Zbyszko, Stan Hansen, Glacier, Ernest Miller, Tonga, Diamond Dallas Page, Ron Reis and former boxing champion Pinklon Thomas.  They will be filming a scene at a pro wrestling show on 12/13 in Orlando at the Englewood Community Center with Glacier & Toga & Luther Biggs in a six-man tag match.
  • Kurt Angle, Will Ospreay, Minoru Suzuki, Drago and Aero Star appear in Chicago on 12/13 at Marian Catholic High School. There will be a VIP Fan Fest at 5 p.m. and matches at 7 p.m. 
  • Bar Wrestling from Thursday night in Los Angeles:  Ryan Taylor b Lucas Riley, Ray Rosas & Uptown Andy Brown b Yuma & Watts, Taya Valkyrie b Miranda Alize, Joey Ryan & Heather Monroe & Laura James d Anthony Greene & Angel Sinclair & Ava Everett with a double pin, Brian Cage b Chris Bey, Phoenix Star & Zokre b Jake Atlas & Dom Kubrick (thanks to Shannon Walsh and wrestlingwithdemons.net)
  • Blitzkrieg Pro Wrestling tomorrow in Enfield, CT for a Toys for Tots benefit show featuring Raven and Little Guido.
  • House of Glory Wrestling runs Club Amazura in Queens, NY tomorrow night with tag team champions Pentagon Jr.& Re Fenix vs. Private Party, plus Low Ki vs.Masada and TJP vs Ken Broadway vs. JT Dunn vs. Evander James.
  • KSW announced one of the biggest fights in its history with Mamed Khalidov coming out of retirement to challenge middleweight champion Scott Askham in a non-title match.  There is also a battle of Olympic medalists as Szymona Kolecki, who took a gold and a silver in weightlifting, faces Damian Janikowski,who took a bronze in wrestling.

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