Jack Swagger made his return on the February 1st edition of Friday Night Smackdown. He interrupted Booker T as he was discussing who would be involved in the Elimination Chamber match later this month. Swagger immediately threw his name into the hat as he felt he deserved to be in. Booker T told Swagger he had to earn his way in. Swagger began to earn his way with a victory over Kofi Kingston.
On the February 4th edition of Monday Night Raw, Swagger continued his winning ways with a victory over Santino Marella. Although Swagger is defeating low card superstars right now, he is still making an impact. He is using the ankle lock finisher, but has given it a new name. The Patriot Act. Brilliant. He should have been using this name all along. Then again, if he had been using it all along, it wouldn’t that special right now.
Swagger was not the only superstar to make his return this week though. The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry returned on Raw and attacked Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara. Henry was looking like the monster heel he was a year ago. Some people may have thought he was going to retire, but if he continues to bulldoze over the WWE roster again, we will all be glad he came back.
If you read all of my articles (and you should), you may have come across one that calls Swagger’s return an epic fail. I still think that Swagger should have returned as a babyface to challenge Antonio Cesaro. The U.S. Champion is constantly telling fans how no American beat him. Swagger was sitting around looking to be repackaged and this was the perfect opportunity.
With that said, Swagger’s return has still been very good. Although he is still the same character with the same gimmick, his attitude is different. He is intense. Swagger looks, sounds and acts meaner. That attitude and rejuvenation will put Swagger into the Elimination Chamber match. Mark Henry should also join Swagger in the Elimination Chamber joining Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan.
That would only leave one more spot available for the match. The obvious choice in my mind would be Kane. If Daniel Bryan is in the Elimination Chamber match, what does Kane do? He has to be in. Chances are though, just like in the Rumble match, Kane and Bryan would somehow cause one another to get eliminated.
In either case, this week was about returns. As impressive as Mark Henry was, Jack Swagger was in two official matches and came away victorious both times. Despite not changing much, he has been able to make himself relevant once again.
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