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The Weekly SLAM!: Picking a presidential ticket
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


After a brief hiatus due to a hectic work schedule, we are back here on The Weekly SLAM! just in time to talk politics.

Right?

With the U.S. presidential election yesterday, I started thinking about which two wrestlers I'd most vote for if there were to somehow be a professional wrestling election. And I'm not talking about how they personally view politics. So the well-publicized political leanings of the likes of Kane and Val Venis don't really mean a whole lot in this one.

I'd like to create a wrestling system where, much like the real thing, there are a couple of parties who would try to get elected to dictate their platform on how professional wrestling should be run.

Going across the well-divided lines of this business, we'd have the Sport Party and the Entertainment Party.

The Sport Party would represent the pure sport-nature of pro wrestling. Going back to the old day where there wasn't 18 "comedy" skits on each show and men wrestled for 60 minutes at a time, night-in, night-out.

The Entertainment Party would represent the current and modern adaptation of the business. They support the entertainment aspect of things, the pomp and circumstance that make pro wrestling a big arena attraction these days. They'd cater to the younger demographic but still have the ties necessary to know what makes this so great.

Now, we have to ask: Would we want current wrestlers in the role? Past wrestlers? Executives? It's a lot to chew on.

After going through a list of candidates in my head, I think the Sport Party would be best represented in our inaugural election by the ticket of Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat. What pair better represents the true sport of professional wrestling? I can't think of any. These two have forgotten more about the sport in a night than most of us will ever know.

Here's a big question, though: Who represents the Entertainment Party? I've been going back-and-forth on this one and it's tough to nail it down. Who should the Entertainment Party represent?

After much debate, the Entertainment Party would be represented by Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler. Now, here's the reasoning on this one. I know it's tough not to include John Cena, but he's more of the working man. He takes his orders and goes. With the ticket of Bryan and Ziggler, we get both the best elements of entertainment, but also great wrestling, to create a broader appeal. Plus, Ziggler as VP, as a rising star, would be a great presidential candidate in the future.

You always have to look toward the future.

So who do you like to represent professional wrestling and move this sport forward into the future? Do you cast your vote for the Sport Party of Flair/Steamboat, or do you like the Entertainment Party ticket of Bryan/Ziggler?

And no, Linda McMahon wouldn't win this election, either.

Polling Station

From our last edition of The Weekly SLAM!, here were our poll results:

Question: Should Vince McMahon still be wrestling at age 67?

  • Sure, why not!: 38%
  • No chance in hell! 56%
  • Not sure: 6%
  • So I guess the conclusion I draw from this is that our readers don't like to see old men get beat up. So that's good. Chalk one up for society at large on that one.

    Star of the Week: Raw fans in Birmingham, England

    That's right, this week's Star of the Week isn't a wrestler, or even a personality. I want to give a big gold star to the fans in attendance for this week's edition of Monday Night Raw in Birmingham, England, who greatly added to the show with their enthusiasm, a level we haven't seen on a Raw show in months.

    The reaction for Bryan was nothing short of electric, as was the participation of the crowd during the Vickie Guerrero/Cena segment. A dead crowd can really hurt a show and a live one can certainly enhance it, as was the case here. Kudos to those in Birmingham!

    What To Watch For

    If you forgot TNA Turning Point is this weekend, well, you're not alone, folks. The show features a ladder match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship between Jeff Hardy and Austin Aries. While the match should be fantastic, I feel bad for them because they are going to kill themselves for the 1,100 people in the Impact Zone and about 8,000 people on pay-per-view.

    That match should be great, but it's not a one-trick pony: The co-main event is a triple threat No. 1 contender bout between James Storm, AJ Styles and Bobby Roode. If that match isn't great, I'll eat my hat. The rest of the card is looking pretty good right now, too. If you're a fan of good professional wrestling, Turning Point should deliver.

    Tweet of the Week

    This week's featured Tweet comes to us from Smackdown play-by-play voice Josh Mathews, who happened to notice a certain similarity from his broadcast colleagues during Raw on Monday:

    Josh Mathews: I spy... Matching suits, ties & shirts. All @MichaelCole needs is a black cowboy hat. pic.twitter.com/jWHt51Kz

    YouTube of the Week

    Conviniently, this week's featured video comes to us direct from WWE, where the superstars themselves weigh-in on which wrestler they think could be the actual president.

    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!.