Eck’s Factor: Raw SuperShow 10/10 analysis
Talking point: Triple H is removed from power on Raw; John Laurinaitis is named Interim General Manager
Eck’s Factor: I enjoyed watching Triple H run the show every week, but it certainly was good to see The Game kicking butt in a t-shirt and jeans at the end of the show rather than wearing a suit and staying above the fray. I also think the Laurinaitis Era is going to make for some compelling television. The Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim General Manager of Raw is certainly a guy that the WWE Universe loves to hate. On a side note, whatever happened to the anonymous Raw General Manager?
Talking point: Jim Ross is fired by John Laurinaitis
Eck’s Factor: What’s that? J.R. was humiliated in Oklahoma? Who could have possibly seen that coming? In all seriousness, the WWE Hall of Famer will be sorely missed at the announce table. Hopefully, SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long will do the right thing and bring Ross to SmackDown. J.R. is too good at what he does to be sitting at home.
Talking point: The Miz and R-Truth are re-hired
Eck’s Factor: It’s great to have these two back on the scene, as the WWE was a little less awesome without them. I’m looking forward to seeing The Awesome Truth take on Triple H & CM Punk at Vengeance on Oct. 23.
Talking point: CM Punk does commentary solo while the announcers are participating in the “Solidarity Rally” in the parking lot
Eck’s Factor: Any time you have Punk, a blazer and an open seat at the announce table, you know it’s going to be entertaining. As Punk said in his infamous “shoot promo” back in June, he has proved that he’s not only the best in the ring and on the microphone, but also on commentary. Punk’s best line Monday night was when he compared his prowess as an announcer to that of NFL Hall of Famer Art Donovan. For those who didn’t get the reference, the former Baltimore Colt was a guest color commentator during the 1994 King of the Ring. Let’s just say that as far as announcers go, Donovan made Mike Adamle look like Gordon Solie.
Talking point: Cody Rhodes bags Randy Orton
Eck’s Factor: Rhodes made a strong statement by humiliating The Viper. After Mark Henry had flattened Orton with Two World’s Strongest Slams, Rhodes picked up a limp Orton and hit Cross Rhodes. He then proceeded to place a paper bag over Orton’s head and cut a promo on him. “Would you like a receipt with that bag?” Rhodes asked before laughing maniacally. Make no mistake: After receiving nine staples in his head as the result of Orton nailing him with the ring bell, Rhodes did indeed give Orton a receipt. Even if Rhodes ultimately ends up on the losing end of his inevitable showdown with Orton, the mere fact that he got to Orton in such dramatic fashion has elevated his status.
Talking point: So this is a safe working environment?
Eck’s Factor: The revolt against Triple H was fueled by the notion that there was an unsafe work environment during his tenure as the head of Raw. Well, on Laurinaitis’ first night in charge, John Morrison was the victim of a four-on-one beatdown, Cody Rhodes attacked Randy Orton, and The Miz and R-Truth double-teamed CM Punk. So much for change. I wonder if anyone’s organizing a “Solidarity Rally” against Laurinaitis in the parking lot. I’ll bring the burgers.