Eck's Factor: Raw SuperShow 10/24 analysis
AUSTIN, Texas - Here are my takes on the big stories from Monday night's Raw SuperShow that the WWE Universe is talking about on Facebook, Twitter and WWE.com.
Talking point: John Cena selects The Rock to be his tag team partner against The Miz and R-Truth at Survivor Series
Eck's Factor: It doesn't get much bigger than Cena and Rock - the two combatants in the main event of WrestleMania XXVIII next April - joining forces for what will be Rock's first match since WrestleMania XX in 2004. Although Rock hasn't officially accepted Cena's invitation to be his tag partner, I have a strong feeling that he will (wink, wink). On a side note, Cena and Rock are being referred to as "The Most Charismatic Tag Team of All Time." Personally, I think that's a slap in the face to one of my all-time favorite tag teams - Head Cheese. Now those guys reeked of charisma.
Talking point: Kevin Nash brutally attacks Triple H with a sledgehammer
Eck's Factor: Triple H calling out his former best friend and then being ambushed by him with a sledgehammer shot to the spine got the show off to a hot start. And then it got even hotter, as Nash dragged Triple H - who was bound to a stretcher - out of an ambulance and proceeded to bash him in the head with the sledgehammer. That was compelling television. Nash got a lot of heat for his despicable actions and came off like a real badass. It also was pretty shocking to see Triple H in such a vulnerable state. I was initially skeptical about how much interest there would be in a Triple H-Nash match in 2011, but I'm now looking forward to it (if Nash is signed and Triple H returns from his injuries, that is).
Talking point: CM Punk cuts a promo on John Laurinaitis
Eck's Factor: Punk is at his best when he's rebelling against authority, and he certainly did that by verbally assaulting the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and the Interim General Manager of Raw and refusing to say that he respected him (which may have cost Punk a shot at WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio at Survivor Series, but I doubt it). Laurinaitis is a perfect foil for Punk, so I would expect these two to continue to butt heads going forward.
Talking point: Michael Cole issues a challenge to Jim Ross
Eck's Factor: After showing some Photoshopped pictures of Ross that painted the WWE Hall of Famer in an embarrassing light, Cole announced that he was inviting J.R. to participate in the Michael Cole Challenge (whatever that is) next week on Raw SuperShow. Cole said that if he fails to beat Ross, he will quit and Ross can claim his seat at the announce table. I'd love it if Ross went back to calling the action and Cole made the transition to becoming a manager or an authority figure. Fingers crossed.
Talking point: Sheamus continues his winning ways in a tag team match with Randy Orton as his partner over Christian and Cody Rhodes
Eck's Factor: Feedback from the WWE Universe indicates that they are enjoying Sheamus' recent run of success. I am, too. Sheamus has definitely elevated his game since becoming a fan favorite. What I'm not enjoying so much is Christian's extended skid. Even though he didn't take the fall in this match, Christian once again failed to get his hand raised in victory. Sooner or later, I believe Christian will get back on track. He's simply too talented not to.
Talking point: The Muppets are appearing on Raw SuperShow next week
Eck's Factor: Having Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets interact with WWE Superstars and Divas should be quite entertaining. I wonder what the odds are that Michael Cole makes a Jim Ross/Miss Piggy joke or two. Or 20.