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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Recapping WWE TLC

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 17, 2018 Observer Newsletter: Fantastic Tokyo Dome card, death of Larry Hennig

A look at New Japan going into the Tokyo Dome, notes on lots of new television deals and a story on the life of Larry Hennig heads up this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Our lead story is a preview of the Wrestle Kingdom 13 show, with the lineup, storylines, tag team tournament rundown, this weekend's shows and full coverage of the tag team tournament finals with match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results.

Look at the glory days of the AWA with a story on the life of Larry Hennig. Start with his legit sports background, why he never wrestled or played football in college, how he got started in pro wrestling, and his rise to fame as a heel in the AWA.

Look at one of the 60s most successful tag teams, Harley Race & Larry Hennig, and their feud with Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher. Also look at the rest of Hennig's career all over the world.

Also look at the future of Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt, George Bush's connection to pro wrestling, WWE week on USA, WWE rules for what U.K. talent can do, injury and illness updates, John Cena talks on future, notes on and WWE tryouts.

Also look at ONE attempting to become a significant player on the U.S. scene with its deal with TNT, its big signings, but also a look at the company's real economic numbers.

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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

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  • ROH announced that Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom will face Hurricane Helms, Delirious & Luchasaurus in a proving ground match at Honor Reigns Supreme in Concord, North Carolina on January 13. The stipulation is that Helms, Delirious & Luchasaurus will get a future shot at The Kingdom’s titles if they win or go to a time-limit draw. After it was set up at ROH’s TV tapings this past weekend, Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein defending her title against Jenny Rose is also official for Honor Reigns Supreme.
  • Rolling Stone Japan interviewed Kenny Omega and Hiroshi Tanahashi ahead of them headlining Wrestle Kingdom 13.
  • NJPW’s Lion’s Break Project events from November 10 and November 11 have been uploaded to New Japan World. Both shows took place at the Anaheim Expo Center and featured four-match cards including members of NJPW’s US dojo. Hirooki Goto vs. ACH and Omega vs. David Finlay were the main events of the shows.
  • Taka Michinoku tweeted that he’s thinking about taking bookings outside of Japan next year: “Until now, I have refused all offers for matches outside of Japan. However, next year, depending on my schedule and conditions, I'm thinking about doing matches overseas. Please contact me at takam69@yahoo.co.jp
  • Konosuke Takeshita, Soma Takao, Kazusada Higuchi, MAO, Saki Akai, and YOSHIHIKO have been added to DDT’s WrestleMania week show in New York City on April 4.
  • On the NWA’s latest Ten Pounds of Gold episode, Nick Aldis discusses returning to the United Kingdom for upcoming title defenses against Iestyn Rees, Jimmy Havoc, and Ricky Knight Jr.

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