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F4W NEWSLETTER: Recapping WWE TLC 2019 Joseph Currier gives his thoughts on WWE's final PPV of the decade.

WWE's final pay-per-view of the decade took place on Sunday night and exemplified some of the changes we've seen over the past 10 years.

TLC 2019 was very much a B-level PPV in the WWE Network era. Not only were the top men's and women's singles titles from each brand not defended, there were no singles titles on the line at all. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens and AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton seemed like they were being built up as non-title matches that would help anchor the card, but they didn't end up getting added. The show even ended with an angle instead of a match. After Asuka & Kairi Sane's tables, ladders, and chairs match against Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair, a locker room brawl that featured Roman Reigns and Baron Corbin continued. The image that closed the show was Reigns spearing Corbin from an elevated area onto a pile of bodies. It felt like the ending of an episode of Raw or SmackDown instead of a major event.

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WON NEWSLETTER: December 23, 2019 Observer Newsletter: TLC and Final Battle reviews, more

We've got complete coverage of the last series of major shows held around the world in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer, as well as bios on a number of wrestlers who have passed away in recent weeks.The new issue also covers:

TLC, focusing on the behind-the-scenes of the Kairi Sane situation, who knew,when did they know, the channels where the ball was dropped and what can and needs to be learned from it. We note the business of the event, the U.S. popularity levels, plus have match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Exactly how AEW was formed, including what match made Tony Khan feel opposition was viable and what conversation with what major person in television made it happen, as well as who was contacted first to be part of it. We also have the story from the market rep who got Bullet Club shirts into Hot Topic.

DVR numbers for pro wrestling shows right now as well as how meaningful they are and what it says about audiences. We also look at how and why the dynamic of how people watch wrestling on Wednesdays has changed over the past several weeks.  We also look at wrestling viewership in Canada.

Big names who have signed new WWE deals and a major name who has not, a WWE overseas TV deal, how many people buy WWE video games, pro wrestling offers to Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez's next WWE show, the story behind Chelsea Green and Deonna Purrazzo on Raw and what it means short and long-term, a reboot of a WWE tag team, new feuds being started in WWE, most-watched shows on the WWE Network, WWE stock value and a look at all the WWE & NXT shows held over the past week with business notes and highlights.

UFC 245, with business notes, notes about the fighters who elevated their games, the title picture, plus match-by-match coverage.

ROH as it goes into 2020, who is going, who is staying, what is unknown, what kind of deals are being offered plus Final Battle coverage, with business notes, poll results, match-by-match coverage and star ratings.

AAA Guerra de Titanes, the creation of the new top stable, the debut of Sin Cara, thoughts and problems with the new name he's using and more.

A bio on Randy Colley, best known as Moondog Rex, including his legal issues with WWE, what happened with the fans that ruined what would have been his biggest career break, other gimmicks he had, the birth of the Moondog gimmick and his biggest matches.

NWA, its YouTube numbers, its television tapings direction for the next several weeks, its net PPV show, as well as coverage of its Into the Fire show with poll results.

2019 cable numbers for the stations that carry pro wrestling and MMA and what they mean.

Notes on the career of Alberto Munoz, who was supposed to become a legend, and what happened in 1973 that ended that dream.

Dragon Gate's Final Gate show with coverage of the event.

A personal look at how a law that was poorly thought out will affect reporters and web sites that use people from California and how adhering to it will make it nearly impossible for anyone in the state to start out in the field, and for the vast majority who work for publications outside the state, to likely lose their jobs.

The life of Scottish Hall of Famer Andy Robin, and his protege, Hercules the Bear.

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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  • WWE Backstage announced their year-end award winners on last night’s episode: Female Superstar of the Year: Becky Lynch Male Superstar of the Year: Bray Wyatt Male Tag Team of the Year: The New Day Women’s Tag Team of the Year: Asuka & Kairi Sane Breakthrough Superstars of the Year: The Street Profits Moment of the Year: Kofi Kingston’s WWE Championship win at WrestleMania 35
  • Sami Zayn’s Sami for Syria campaign reached its $50,000 goal to launch another mobile clinic in Syria.
  • Becky Lynch thanked everyone for the support she’s gotten this year: “Sitting in Ireland thinking about all the support you’ve given me this year. No matter what happens to us next year, I want you to know I’ll never to be able to thank you all enough.”
  • The Detroit News has an interview with Bayley.
  • WWE streamed six hours of Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House Yule Log today.
  • CBS Sports named Adam Cole their 2019 wrestler of the year.
  • WWE uploaded a Playlist video of Rusev’s greatest moments.

Pro Wrestling

  • Kagetsu announced that she’s retiring in February and having her final match for Stardom in January: “Today Kagetsu held a press conference announcing her retirement. She said that with the new system, Stardom is in good hands with Mayu Iwatani. Her final Stardom show is 1.26 in Osaka. Her retirement show is a self-produced show on 2.24 in Osaka.”
  • AEW revealed their final top-five contender rankings of 2019 (rankings will reset in the new year):
  • Men’s division -- Jon Moxley (5-0-1 singles record, 5-1-1 overall) Kenny Omega (5-2, 9-5) PAC (4-2-1, 5-3-1) Cody Rhodes (4-1-1, 6-3-1) MJF (2-1, 3-1)
  • Women’s division -- Kris Statlander (3-0, 3-2) Britt Baker (4-3, 7-4) Hikaru Shida (3-2, 4-3) Nyla Rose (3-3, 4-3) Emi Sakura (1-2, 3-4)
  • Tag team division -- Santana & Ortiz (4-2 tag team record) The Young Bucks (5-4) The Lucha Bros (5-4) Best Friends (4-4) The Dark Order (3-2)
  • Cody responded to AEW’s announcement of the March 25 episode of Dynamite taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey: “Thank you Prudential Center for bypassing politics & nonsense and just giving the Jersey/NY fans what they want! I can’t wait.”
  • Tony Khan tweeted today: “Merry Christmas from #AEW! Thank you great wrestling fans for supporting us in 2019! In 2020 we’ll visit new towns, work hard, learn from our experiences & I hope you’ll consider watching AEW in 2020! We return from our company holiday break with 2020’s 1st Dynamite on January 1!”
  • LA Park has been announced for Revolution Pro Wrestling’s High Stakes show at York Hall in London on February 14.


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