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Hometown hero Jericho fills Winnipeg's seats
By EZRA GINSBURG - Winnipeg Sun




Two and a half years of waiting was obviously too long for many local rasslin' fans.

Last night's WWE RAW Live event in Winnipeg, the city's first since May 2006 and the third overall to be held at MTS Centre, was easily the highest-attended professional wrestling event to be held at the downtown arena.

By yesterday afternoon 12,000 tickets had been sold for the event, which featured hometown hero Chris Jericho and WWE Heavyweight Champion John Cena in the night's main event, a championship title match.

"Winnipeg has always had great pro wrestling fans, and they are hungry to see Chris again," said WWE local wrestling promoter Bob Holliday.

Last night's show wasn't the most-watched wrestling event in Winnipeg's history. That distinction belongs to the June 2001 RAW event that featured Jericho, then fighting under the "Y2J" moniker, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, who met in a WWF Heavyweight Title match.

The sold-out event at the old Winnipeg Arena was the first time local fans saw Jericho wrestle live for the WWF brand.

RESULTS

  • Matt Hardy beat Jack Swagger to retain the ECW Title
  • Beth Phoenix beat Melina to retain the Women's Championship
  • The Miz and John Morrison beat Cryme Tyme to retain their World Tag Team Titles
  • Finlay with Hornswaggle beat Mark Henry with Tony Atlas
  • William Regal with Layla beat Kofi Kingston to retain the Intercontinental Championship
  • Randy Orton & Cody Rhodes beat C.M. Punk & Rey Mysterio
  • John Cena beat Chris Jericho to retain the World Heavyweight Championship; after the bout, Jericho thanked the hometown crowd, which was around 14,000