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Debra, Jarrett visit fans at the Sun


By JENNIFER BILL -- Toronto Sun

It was no holds barred for WWF fanatics yesterday. Superstar Debra and Intercontinental Champ Jeff Jarrett made a stop at The Toronto Sun before meeting their match at last night's WWF live event at SkyDome.

About 500 patient fanatics wound around the Sun building, waiting for hours for an autograph or picture of the pair, who came in a white limousine and chatted with their fans during the hour-long session.

After seeing all his fans, Jarrett said, "Toronto may be the wrestling capital of the world."

Thirteen-year-old Josh Gal lined up with three friends at 8 a.m. for the 4 p.m. session, saying he was "here more to see Debra."

Other fans swore by Jeff Jarrett's showmanship and technique, saying how great he and Debra work as partners -- she distracting and teasing the opponent so Jeff can clobber him with his trademark guitar.

"She's a champ," fan Richard Muhlberger said of Debra. "She just comes out with such class." Muhlberger was one of the first in line with friend Steve Yamada, who brought a guitar for Jeff to sign.

Many fans brought along a poster of the duo from yesterday's Toronto Sun, the print sponsor of the WWF in Toronto.

Avi Amar, 17, brought a black folding chair on which he collected seven WWF autographs.

Debra, who drove in from an autograph session in Atlantic City, came dressed casually in jeans, a black blazer with a swooping neckline and a string of pearls. She said she was "so impressed with the fans here."

"We surely wouldn't have a job without them.

"I just wish I had some time for some shopping while I'm here. I heard Toronto has a great MAC (cosmetics) store."

"Die-hard fans" Trisha, Donna, Andrea and Nicole, who became friends at past autograph sessions, came from a different WWF signing in Scarborough and were on their way to another. "I've only missed one (wrestler signing) in the last four years," said Trisha, 16.

Four fans in line won tickets for the SkyDome event through a random draw.

WWF enjoys the second highest ratings, next to hockey, on TSN, although suffering through controversy since wrestler Owen Hart's fatal fall during a stunt May 23. RELATED LINKS
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