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"Eck’s Factor": Vengeance analysis
SAN ANTONIO – Here are my takes on the big stories from Sunday night’s Vengeance pay-per-view that the WWE Universe is talking about on Facebook, Twitter and WWE.com.
Talking point: The ring collapses during the World Heavyweight Title Match between Mark Henry and Big Show
Eck’s Factor: Talk about a holy you-know-what moment. I was in the arena when the ring collapsed after Mark Henry delivered a Superplex to Big Show, and the reaction from the stunned crowd was amazing. Prior to that climactic conclusion (which resulted in the match being declared no contest), the two behemoths were at a stalemate, as each man had kicked out of the other’s finisher. I can’t wait to see the inevitable rematch. Hopefully, the ring will be specially reinforced next time.
Talking point: WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio prevails over John Cena in a Last Man Standing Match
Eck’s Factor: Del Rio and Cena were in the unenviable position of having to follow the shocking ending to the Mark Henry-Big Show match, but they delivered in a big way. For nearly 30 minutes, they engaged in a hard-hitting battle that took place in the collapsed ring, on the floor and backstage. It was refreshing to see Del Rio retain the title, although he would have come out of this match looking like a legitimate top guy even if he had lost. In addition to the impressive efforts of the two combatants, Ricardo Rodriguez also put on an entertaining performance.
Talking point: Kevin Nash attacks Triple H during the tag team match pitting Triple H and CM Punk against The Miz and R-Truth
Eck’s Factor: Nash came out of the crowd to ambush Triple H and deliver a sick-looking Jackknife Powerbomb to his former best friend. Nash, who appeared to be in great shape, got a lot of heat from the crowd for his actions. Since being fired by WWE COO Triple H seven weeks ago, Nash has now crashed two pay-per-views to interfere in Triple H’s matches. It’s like that Seinfeld episode in which George gets fired but keeps showing up for work. You have to wonder how the nearly 7-foot Nash keeps getting past security. At this point, it would make sense for Triple H to have Nash reinstated so that they can settle their issue in the ring.
Talking point: Divas Champion Beth Phoenix turns back Eve Torres’ challenge
Eck’s Factor: With their promo segment last week on SmackDown and their match Sunday night at Vengeance, Phoenix and Torres showed that they are two of the top all-around performers in the Divas division. The highlight of the entertaining, back-and-forth match saw Torres escape Phoenix’s Glam Slam attempt and then roll her up for a near fall. I won’t be surprised if Torres gets a rematch with Phoenix, but if she doesn’t, who else is left for the Divas Champion to face?
Talking point: Dolph Ziggler wins one, loses one
Eck’s Factor: Moments after Ziggler and Jack Swagger failed to capture the WWE Tag Team Titles from Air Boom in a hot opener, Ziggler successfully defended his U.S. Title against Zack Ryder. In victory and in defeat, Ziggler again proved that he is one of WWE’s most dynamic in-ring performers. I wouldn’t mind watching Ziggler work multiple matches on every pay-per-view.
Talking point: Commentators bicker throughout the show
Eck’s Factor: Fans were turned off by Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Booker T arguing with each other while the action was going on. I’m all for some verbal jousting between the commentators, but a little goes a long way. On three-hour shows, I agree that it gets tiresome.
WHO IS KEVIN ECK?
For those who are unfamiliar with me, I come to WWE from The Baltimore Sun, where I was an assistant sports editor and the author of a pro wrestling blog titled Ring Posts. In between two stints with The Sun, I worked as the editor of WCW Magazine from 2000 to 2001.
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