Each week, we break down the world of professional wrestling and examine two of the polar opposite ends of the spectrum: one thing that was by far the worst thing (Cheap Heat) and the best thing (Cheap Pop) to happen over the past 7 days in sports entertainment. So, what went down this week that we loved and hated about the business?
Monday Night Raw brought us an excellent trash talk segment between former WWE Champion John Cena and the mad professor that is Paul Heyman.
All the promos between these two have been very good, often a highlight of the show. Heyman never disappoints on the microphone, and this one was no exception. In recent times, Heyman has been mocking Cena over his placid do-good nature, how the John Cena of old might have had what it takes to beat Brock.
The John Cena who could bust out an improv rap anytime, any place and on anyone. The John Cena who made his mark on the WWE Universe (and Kurt Angle's face) from day one. The John Cena who kicked off the era of Ruthless Aggression. Did we see a trace of this John Cena on Monday? I believe so.
After one particular insult directed at his mother, Cena had obviously had enough, so promptly shoved Heyman out of the ring onto the ground. While this is hardly revolutionary or ground breaking on its own, this is Johh Cena we are talking about people! He attacked a non-wrestler! Yes, it was a slimy sleazy villainous non-wrestler, but the super Cena of 2010 might have let it pass. He would have taken the higher moral ground.
Then, to top it all off, Lesnar came storming out and a brawl ensued, much to the crowd's delight.
A thoroughly enjoyable segment which has me interested in a Cena fight, not something I do regularly.
Well done WWE.
I would like to take this week's "Heat" to highlight the bad news of not one, but two WWE Hall of Famers currently recovering in hospital.
Ric Flair was admitted last week due to an appendicitis, resulting in two bouts of minor surgeries. While doctors say he is now fine, there is a chance he might need more, and as Jim Ross pointed out on his blog, no matter how "minor" a surgery it is, it's still a surgery on a 65-year-old man.
Ric was scheduled to appear on SmackDown this week, as well as Night Of Champions, but in light of this news, he will sadly be missing both events.
Secondly, please spare a thought for Jake "The Snake" Roberts, currently hospitalized following a bout of double pneumonia and a return of the cancer he thought he had conquered.
Roberts plight with drink, drugs and his demons are well documented, but largely thanks to the positive influence of his friend Diamond Dallas Page. He has been able to get happy and healthy, ultimately resulting in his induction to the Hall of Fame at WrestleMania 30.
Despite the pain, Roberts is keeping a positive outlook, even taking the time to joke on Twitter that the pneumonia has helped him lose some weight!
A positive outlook makes all the difference, so let's help give him a reason to keep it up.
Please spare a minute for some thoughts, prayers, and tweets for these guys. Both have given so much to the wrestling world.
So there you have it, my two choices for the week. What do YOU think are the Cheap Pop and Cheap Heat this week in professional wrestling? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!