September 24, 2011
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett vs. AJ Styles (Cage Match, NWA-TNA PPV #90, Nashville TN, 4/21/04)

Jarrett had regained the NWA title belt six months ago from AJ Styles, and had been on his ďalways-cheat-and-always-go-overĒ run ever since. Chris Harris was actually supposed to get the title shot here, but Raven beat him up (Harris had a legit shoulder injury) and AJ Styles was chosen to wrestle in his place. Both guys try to get the pin early, but nothing doing. Jarrett NO-SELLS a shoulderblock off the ropes, so AJ chops him hard in the chest. They go to a stalemate while the crowd chants for AJ. After some missed moves, they get into a chopfest until Jarrett cold cocks him. AJ slips out of a battering ram attempt and levels Jarrett with the dropkick. Jumping knee drop gets two, but Jarrett goes low with a knee to take back control. Jarrett pounds away and taunts him, so AJ kip-up ranas him over. AJ powerslam gets two. Nice hourglass suplex gets another two. AJ wants the Quebrada DDT, but Jarrett catches him in mid-air and rams him face-first into the cage! Another toss into the cage. One more time! Jarrett delivers THREE back suplexes! Cover, 1-2-NO! Jarrett wants a superplex, but AJ punches him off to the mat. Missile dropkick misses, and Jarrett goes for the leg. FIGURE-FOUR is reversed into an inside cradle for 1-2-NO! Since he canít put on the Figure-Four just yet, Jarrett grabs a Scorpion Deathlock. AJ fights it and makes the ropes. AJ gets a roll up for two. German suplex into a bridge gets another two. Jarrett reverses a corner whip, but AJ catches himself and hits the Quebrada DDT for two. Jarrett backs Styles AND THE REF into the corner to avoid the STYLES CLASH. Styles misses a wild discus punch and falls into the cage. Jarrettís got some powder and tosses it in AJís face. Itís a CAGE MATCH Ė why did the ref need to be bumped aside for that? Backslide for Jarrett gets 1-2-NO! AJ comes back and tosses Jarrett from cage wall to cage wall! Ref Andrew Thomas pulls AJ away, allowing Jarrett to secretly pull out a chain from his boots! He goes to punch AJ, but AJ trips him up for a jackknife rollup for 1-2-NO! Jarrett swings again and connects this time. Cover, 1-2-NO! AJ blocks THE STROKE, so Jarrett tries the STYLES CLASH. AJ ranas out of that and hits a STYLES CLASH of his own for 1-2-NO! Ohh snap, Styles climbs up to the top of the cage, but Jarrett shoves the ref into the cage wall and that trips AJ up. He catches himself on the cage wall, but then Jarrett throws his body into the cage and AJ falls to the floor. Jarrett goes out and brings AJ back in the cage, with his GEETAR in hand. The ref on the floor is like, ďYou canít have that guitar in the cage!Ē, but itís a little late to say that, pal. Vince Russo runs down to try and climb the cage to save AJ, but Jarrett keeps him at bay. Jarrett swings, and AJ enziguri kicks the GEETAR! Jarrett swings with whatís left, and AJ blocks with a crucifix for 1-2-3! (13:36) Nothing too amazing about it, but AJ is now is two-time NWA World Champion. That was actually a less overbooked finish than usual. Raven looks on from afar, and itís a shame he didnít win the belt sooner than he did. Vince Russo wants a handshake, but brothers donít shake hands. Brothers gotta hug! **Ĺ

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