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Reclaiming the Glory
Reclaiming the Glory.jpg
Logo for the tournament
PromotionNational Wrestling Alliance
DateJune 2, 2007 – September 1, 2007
City(see below)

Reclaiming the Glory[1] was a professional wrestling tournament held between June 2, 2007 and September 1, 2007. Promoted by the National Wrestling Alliance, the tournament was the result of the dissolution of the licensing agreement between the NWA and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.[2] The tournament included 16 international wrestlers fighting to become the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion.[3]

The Tournament

Background

On May 13, 2007 NWA Executive Director Bob Trobich announced that the NWA was severing all ties with TNA Wrestling leaving the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Tag Team Championship vacant. Shortly after this, the Reclaiming the Glory tournament was announced to crown a new NWA Worlds Champion. 16 Men were chosen to compete in the tournament with matches taking place throughout the National Wrestling Alliance’s members and affiliates as well as selected matches in non-affiliated groups Chikara, New England Championship Wrestling and IWA Puerto Rico.

Lou Thesz Bracket

First Round Quarterfinals
      
Canada Glamour Boy Shane
United States Fred Sampson
United States Fred Sampson
United States Brent Albright
United States Brent Albright
Japan Osamu Nishimura

Round One

Quarterfinals

Terry Funk Bracket

First Round Quarterfinals
      
United States Pepper Parks
Switzerland Claudio Castagnoli
Switzerland Claudio Castagnoli
Mexico Sicodelico, Jr.
Mexico Sicodelico, Jr.
United States Roughneck Ryan

Round One

Quarterfinals

Jack Brisco Bracket

First Round Quarterfinals
      
United States Bryan Danielson
Canada Nelson Creed
United States Bryan Danielson
Republic of Ireland Fergal Devitt
Republic of Ireland Fergal Devitt
Australia Mikey Nicholls

First Round

Quarterfinals

Harley Race Bracket

First Round Quarterfinals
      
United States Damian Wayne
United States Chad Parham
United States Chad Parham
United States Adam Pearce
United States Adam Pearce
United States Aaron Aguilera

Round One

Quarterfinals

The Final Four

Semi-Finals Finals
      
United States Brent Albright W
Switzerland Claudio Castagnoli
United States Brent Albright
United States Adam Pearce1 W
United States Bryan Danielson W
United States Adam Pearce

1. ^ Adam Pearce took the place of Bryan Danielson (see below)

Semi-Finals

Finals

NOTE: A week prior to the finals of the tournament, finalist Bryan Danielson suffered a fractured orbital bone in a match with Japanese fighter Takeshi Morishima. As a result, Adam Pearce was reinserted into the tournament and took Danielson’s place in the finals. Danielson, wearing a protective eye patch, did have a hand in the match as the special enforcer to prevent interference from Pearce’s manager C. Edward Vander Pyle. When the assigned referee was knocked unconscious during the match, Danielson took over and counted the pinfall.

Aftermath

Despite the controversial victory, Pearce would go on to a lengthy and successful eleven-month reign as champion before finally losing the title to Brent Albright on August 2, 2008 in New York City. Due to scheduling conflicts, Bryan Danielson never received his shot at the championship.

In the years following the tournament, many of the participants were signed to successful careers in WWE. Claudio Castagnoli became Cesaro, Fred Sampson as Darren Young, Fergal Devitt as Finn Balor, and Bryan Danielson as Daniel Bryan. Adam Pearce was also signed as a trainer.

See also

References

  1. ^ Daris Brown (April 29, 2009). "The Illustrious History of the NWA". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "NWA™ World Title Tournament Selection Special Report". YouTube. May 22, 2007. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "pWwew.net: NWA Reclaming the Glory Brackets". www.pwwew.net. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  4. ^ "News and Notes from the NJPW G-1 Special in the U.S.A. Press Conference in Long Beach, CA | SoCalUNCENSORED.com". SoCalUNCENSORED.com. 2017-05-18. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  5. ^ "Antonio Cesaro". www.accelerator3359.com. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  6. ^ "NWA Empire: Bryan Danielson vs. Fergal Devitt". YouTube. Jun 22, 2015. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  7. ^ http://www.nwaempire.com/RedWhiteBruisedResults.html[dead link]
  8. ^ "Independent's Day III Results 7/13/07". empirewrestlingfederation.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-17.
  9. ^ United Wrestling Network (2007-09-04), Adam Pearce new NWA™ Worlds Champion Report from Puerto Rico, archived from the original on 2021-12-15, retrieved 2018-01-15