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Superstars: Handicap match in the main event
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


Well, Election Day in the States is in the books and Linda McMahon did not quite make it to the United States Senate. With the race in the rearview mirror, I must say I am surprised that Linda made it as close of a race as it was. Connecticut is very much a Democratic state, and Linda made it a race.

Some have pointed out the money the McMahon campaign spent on the race, as if to criticize Linda. Of all the ways to spend fifty million dollars, running for political office is hardly the most selfish. In fact, it is very patriotic. Linda McMahon put her name, reputation, and possibly the company she helped build on the line. Few people understand the toll such a campaign takes on a person. I salute Linda McMahon.

I got some positive reviews of the format with more analysis and less play-by-play on the matches, so I am going to keep it up. Keep the feedback coming. I always appreciate it.

Match #1 – Jack Swagger vs. Kaval

Kaval is one of the most entertaining wrestlers to watch on WWE television right now. It got me to thinking about how the roster has changed. I wonder what the WWE roster will look like in 10 years? My hunch is that it will feature smaller wrestlers than ever before.

Swagger has that stupid mascot with him at ringside. Whoever thought that was a cute gimmick is dead wrong. It just looks stupid. I wish I could be more constructive, but they should just drop it. This match is a decent one, lasting well over 10 minutes. After a commercial break, Kaval goes on offense, but Swagger responds with a belly to back suplex. Kaval fights back with some innovative offense and gets a couple near-three counts. It is Swagger who gets the win, though, with the ankle lock.

Winner via submission: Jack Swagger

The NXT recap airs. OK, Dusty Rhodes and Ted Dibiase, Sr. were on the show and I missed it. If they gave a little notice, a few people may have made some time for the show. I guess it is still available on the web site.

Match #2 – Luke Gallows vs. Vance Archer

I continue to insist that Luke Gallows looks like Barry Darsow. I am not referring to Darsow as Smash or Repo Man. No, I am referring to the old Darsow who appeared on WCW Thunder and Saturday Night. Archer is very aggressive at the start of the match and throws Gallows from corner to corner. Gallows fights his way out and hits a splash in the corner. Gallows hits the Gallows Pole and gets the win. I mentioned WCW Saturday Night earlier. It had similar crowd heat to this match.

Winner via pinfall: Luke Gallows

Gallows turned babyface (I think) in this match. We will see if the masses get behind him.

Did you know that John Cena is the first celebrity to join Michael Jordan on the Make-A-Wish Ambassador Council?

Match #3 – Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox

This is similar to every Divas match you have ever seen. Actually, Gail Kim presents a little more athleticism than the average Diva. Alicia Fox wins with her Eat Defeat finishing move.

Winner via pinfall: Gail Kim

A video airs on Edge, as well as a graphic promoting Smackdown. The new announcer with Lawler is a major tool.

Match #4 – Mark Henry vs. The Usos

There is not really a lot of time left on the show for this handicap match. The Usos jump out on offense early. Henry fights his way out and Lawler mentions that he was Henry’s first opponent in WWE. Henry misses a splash. The Usos make a tag and one of them jumps off the top rope and gets the pin. I didn’t get the name because the announcer had no idea who it was.

Winner via pinfall: The Usos

Kaval and Jack Swagger put in a good effort. All of the other matches were too rushed to give more than they did. Not a horrible way to spend an hour, but not something to call the neighbor about.


Matt Johnson is now on Twitter. Join him at: http://twitter.com/mattjohnsonSLAM. Email Matt at mattjohnson62@yahoo.com.