November 24, 2010

Squash matches: what is the point?

I've mentioned my hatred of squash matches several times during my posts and I think I owe you all an explanation.

I fully understand the intent of squash matches. I know they are designed to make a star appear dominant.

I understand that top stars need to look dominant in order to be taken seriously as top contenders. Here's where my problem begins. Credibility. For every match someone wins, someone has to lose. In my eyes, a squash match doesn't make the winner look more dominant, it makes the loser look weak. The loser of this squash match may receive a push in the future, and if they continually do the job for other stars it's hard to take them seriously again when they start winning.

I know that doesn't happen that often but I like to hope that WWE will come to their senses and push those that truly deserve it.

If someone is going to lose, I would rather see a hard-fought victory that actually seems like it took effort. I think those wins mean more to a stars credibility if they can be in these tough matches and still come out on top. I like to see people work to be the best.

I think the other factor is that the star is automatically assumed to be at a higher level than his opponent. You don't look strong by beating those weaker than you. To be seen as powerful, you need to face those at your own level and do well at it.

I don't like seeing someone lose for no good reason. Perfect example of this is Kaval. He won his first match on SD this past week where WWE could have been building him up to look like a serious contender for Dolph Ziggler's title. Instead he looks like some cocky ass who thinks "hey, I won one match and now I deserve a title shot."

Yes Kaval is great in the ring but that doesn't change the way that this storyline came across to me. Yes he did earn the title shot by winning NXT, but he chose to use it after winning a single match on Smackdown. That's the part that bothered me. Granted, I did watch Kaval's matches intently hoping that each week would be the week he finally did win.

This is all perception and I'm not asking anyone to agree. Say whatever you want about squash matches, but I feel that they are a mistake and should be done away with.

1 comment:

  1. Squash matches lost their relevance after the WWE proved that "Anything can happen". I'd say when both Barry Horowitz and the 123 Kid won in 1995, and 1993 respectively