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Jarrett reclaims NWA World title


New NWA World champion Jeff Jarrett
- photo courtesy www.bordercitywrestling.com

WINDSOR, Ont. -- It is somewhat fitting that on a show entitled International Incident, held in a border town, that America's Most Wanted would be the key players in putting the NWA World title back around the waist of Jeff Jarrett.

That's what happened Thursday night at a Border City Wrestling show in Oldcastle, Ontario, just outside of Windsor at the Ciociaro Club.

In the main event, the champion Raven faced off against Jarrett. During the bout, America's Most Wanted turned heel, interfering and helping Jarrett while the referee was knocked out. They helped knock out Raven, and Jarrett covered him. The referee woke up in time to count the 1-2-3.

This is Jarrett's fourth NWA World title reign. The last time the NWA World title switched hands in Canada was February 6, 1977, when Harley Race started his second title reign by beating Terry Funk in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens.

"I told Raven ... I told EVERYONE that for the good of TNA Wrestling, I needed to be NWA World Heavyweight Champion when we hit SpikeTV!" Jarrett told TNAwrestling.com via phone after the bout. "I knew TNA management was trying to keep me down, so I had to get that title back on MY terms in Canada where they couldn't stop me! Chris Harris and James Storm were the only ones out of that entire locker room who had the brains to listen to me. They made the right choice! Now roll out the red carpet, because YOUR champion -- The King Of The Mountain -- and America's Most Wanted -- the cornerstones of TNA -- are coming to SpikeTV, and there's nothing TNA management can do to stop us!"

SLAM! Wrestling's Bob Kapur was in attendance and raved about the crowd, which was in the 600-700 range. "They were hot for the whole show," said Kapur. "Chants for TNA filled the whole night, like ECW used to."

The biggest pops of the night went for Rhino, Abyss and Team Canada. Rhino especially stood out, said Kapur. "When he gored Abyss out of nowhere, the crowd popped huge." Jarrett also got a good crowd reaction when he initially came out, but turned the fans against him with his work on the microphone. Raven, for his part, got the fans on his side with the line: "Bret Hart didn't want to lose the belt in Canada and neither do I."

The NWA World title change was not the only title switch of the evening. Earlier in the night, Abyss beat Bobby Roode to claim the Border City Wrestling belt.

The show itself was a virtual test run for TNA house shows, and many of the power brokers within the company, including Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash, were on hand for the event.

Tenay told Kapur that he really sees house shows as the next logical step for TNA, after they debut on Spike TV on Saturday, October 1st. Getting their name known in the Canadian wrestling market is very important too, he said.

Here are the rest of the results from the show:

1) Johnny Bravo & Geza Kalman def Tyson Dux & Gutter

2) Traci Brooks def Jaimie D

3) Can-Am Cup Match #1
CK3, Jimmy Jacobs, and Big Joe Doering def Brad Martin, El Reverso & Phil Atlas
(U.S. up 1-0)

4) Can-Am Cup Match #2
Team Canada's Eric Young and Johnny Devine def AMW
(Series tied 1-1)

5) Can-Am Cup Match #3
Rhino gored and pinned A-1 to help the U.S. take the advantage, and also win the #1-contendership to the BCW Heavyweight Title (U.S. leads 2-1)

6) Can-Am Cup Match #4
Petey Williams used the Canadian Destroyer to pin Lynn.
(Series tied 2-2)

7) Can-Am Cup Match #5
Abyss def Bobby Roode for the BCW Heavyweight Title
U.S. wins the series. After the match, Team U.S. was celebrating, and Rhino gored Abyss. They square off next time for the belt. (U.S. wins 3-2)

8) Chris Sabin beat Christopher Daniels

-- SLAM! Wrestling


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