Relive The Beast Incarnate's savage return in this slow-motion video, captured during the Jan. 16, 2017 edition of Raw.01/18/2017 - 17:00
Eck’s Factor: Raw SuperShow 11/14 analysis
Talking point: The Rock and John Cena come face to face with The Miz and R-Truth
Eck’s Factor: The Rock, making his first appearance in a WWE ring since April, cut a promo that electrified the crowd as only he can, and his verbal interaction with Cena also was highly entertaining.
It was obvious from watching this segment that the main selling point for Sunday’s Survivor Series match that pits Rock and Cena against Miz and Truth is whether the babyfaces – who will be opponents in the main event of WrestleMania XXVIII in less than five months – will be able to co-exist. That’s a compelling story for sure, but it’s unfortunate that Miz and Truth have been reduced to bit players in it.
Personally, I would like to have seen Miz and Truth lay out Rock and Cena at the end of Raw and head into Survivor Series with some momentum. On the other hand, just being in the same ring with two of the greatest Superstars of all time in a pay-per-view main event is a nice feather in the caps of Miz and Truth.
Talking point: Mick Foley returns, hosts “This is Your Life, John Cena”
Eck’s Factor: It was great to see Foley back in the WWE where he belongs. As for his tribute to Cena, the segment was intended to be a train wreck that was so bad it was good. I’m not sure it really delivered on the “good” aspect, but I did pop for the return of “B-Squared” Bull Buchanan, Cena’s long-forgotten lackey during Cena’s days as a heel rapper.
I was hoping that Foley would bring out the one man who is undefeated against Cena: K-Fed. For those who don’t remember, the former Mr. Britney Spears actually did score a pinfall victory over Cena nearly five years ago.
On a side note, I really wish that John Cena Sr. would come out of his shell. The elder Cena delivered the line of the night when he told the crowd, “My son doesn’t suck; you suck!”
As for Foley, I’m hoping that we see more of him in the WWE (and I have a feeling we will). Foley, by the way, will be performing his stand-up comedy act at the UCB Theatre in New York City this Sunday at midnight after Survivor Series. (There you go, Mick. I gave you the plug you asked for, now please don’t make fun of me at any more of your shows.)
Talking point: Michael Cole prevails over Jim Ross in “The Michael Cole Challenge.”
Eck’s Factor: Yes, the entire WWE Universe knew ahead of time that Cole was going to screw over Ross and that J.R. wasn’t going to get his job back as an announcer. With that being said, however, the “competition” wasn’t completely without entertainment value. In fact, J.R. busting a move during the dance-off was one of the highlights of the show for me.
Plus, the segment provided an opportunity for CM Punk, “the voice of the voiceless” to come out, drop a few pipe bombs and put Cole in the Anaconda Vise.
Talking point: Twitter-Mania is running wild in the WWE
Eck’s Factor: WWE’s growing obsession with Twitter on its TV shows is turning off a significant amount of viewers. I agree that the constant mentions of what is trending and how many followers the performers have is becoming intrusive. If you’d like to weigh in on the situation, hit me up on Twitter (@KevinEck_WWE). #ifyoucantbeatemjoinem.
Talking point: Kelly Kelly defeats Natalya in less than a minute
Eck’s Factor: The video package on Kelly Kelly’s Maxim photo shoot actually lasted longer than the match. Natalya is way too talented in the ring to beaten that quickly. Perhaps she was disoriented after being on the receiving end of Kelly Kelly’s “rump bump” seconds earlier. I know I would have been.
Talking point: The Bella Twins want to hang out with Alberto Del Rio in New York after Survivor Series this Sunday
Eck’s Factor: It’s possible that CM Punk could leave Madison Square Garden with the WWE Title while Del Rio leaves the arena with the Bella Twins. There are simply no losers in that scenario.