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The Weekly SLAM!: McMahon shouldn't put himself in danger
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Vince McMahon celebrates for the crowd after Monday Night Raw went off the air from Sacramento. Photo by Devin Chen, www.chdevinphotos.com

How much is your health worth?

For 67-year old Vince McMahon, it was worth about a half million viewers.

McMahon, the WWE chairman and CEO, returned to in-ring action for the first time since his match with Bret Hart at WrestleMania 26 on Monday on Raw against CM Punk in a clear attempt to hot-shot ratings after one of the worst ratings for Raw in more than a decade the previous week.

Let me tell you how I came about this match. I was enjoy a wonderful anniversary weekend with my fiancé in Toronto and Niagara Falls this weekend, making the trek up from Detroit for some vacation. Monday night, I flip on the TV in our hotel room to The Score at about 11:50 p.m. to see what the main event was on Raw.

I saw McMahon and CM Punk fighting. It took me about two seconds to come to the conclusion I did above and immediately I questioned McMahon's sanity.

In mid-2010, McMahon was roughed up by the Nexus during an attack and since then, he's stayed out of in-ring action, and for good reason. You aren't supposed to take that kind of punishment at that age.

I'll admit, I did get a chuckle out of McMahon diving over the announce table to attack Punk, but that doesn't change the fact that he was completely out of breath at moments during the match, pushing his body to the brink, and was bleeding from the side of his eye.

McMahon and Punk put on a fun show Monday, but it was tough to watch at times because of knowing the condition McMahon is in.

It's the same reason the likes of Jerry Lawler, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and the like shouldn't be getting in the ring anymore. Yes, many of these wrestlers are at least in wrestling shape (obviously McMahon isn't) but at their age, there's still inherent risk in getting in the ring.

Hopefully this was it for McMahon getting in the ring, but who knows what will happen when the televising rating inevitably goes down again.

Star of the Week: Bully Ray

Bully Ray has been one of TNA's biggest success stories of the last year. He went from an entertaining but old tag team with Team 3D to stepping up and becoming a bonafide singles star in TNA, completely reinventing himself along the way.

The last two weeks, Ray has been on fire, beating both Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy. Now he'll step up in a featured match at Bound For Glory when he teams with Sting to take on Aces & Eights. Ray has become one of the most entertaining people to watch and makes everybody look good, even clumsy Joseph Park. He is without a doubt a top-five performer in North America right now.

What To Watch For

TNA is just days away from its biggest show of the year, Bound For Glory. It is shaping up to be one heck of a show. What match has you the most excited? For me, it's the battle between Bobby Roode and James Storm. Roode is one of the best in the business right now ... Who will CM Punk choose to face at Hell in a Cell — John Cena or Ryback? ... If you missed any of the coverage, it sounds like Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore show last weekend was a big success ... Ring of Honor is back with another iPPV this weekend from Mississauga, Ontario with Michael Elgin challenging Kevin Steen in an all-Canadian battle for the ROH World Championship. I'd watch, but chances are there will be some sort of problem with the live stream. At this point, I'm about to say "thanks, but no thanks" when it comes to purchasing ROH shows ... NXT is a fantastic show that's worth watching each week. The show features WWE's up-and-comers from Florida mixed in with some wrestlers currently on the main roster. The new NXT blows the old NXT away. They are the same in name only.

Tweet of the Week

This week's tweet relates to our Star of the Week and comes from the one and only Twittah Machine:

@REALBully5150: 21yrs in the business. Still gotta prove myself. Love me or hate me...ya gotta RESPECT me. I ALWAYS step up!! #BULLYNATION.

YouTube of the Week

One thing TNA does extremely well is produce awesome video packages and preview shows. Below is the "Before the Bell" video to preview this weekend's Bound For Glory. Definitely worth a look.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@gmail.com. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.