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?
Last week's pop was dedicated to Randy Orton and the Vine video craze following his crushing RKO on Ziggler.
Generally, I try to avoid featuring a wrestler twice in two weeks for a heat/pop section, but this week will be an exceptional exception.
On Monday Night Raw, after the 3-on-2 handicap tag team street fight, Seth Rollins continued to prove he can't be trusted in a faction, choosing to turn on Randy Orton by delivering an almighty curb stomp, seconds after Orton had finished getting the pin.
This unexpected event within the long-running Authority story really makes it fresh again. It was apparent there was a tension between The Authority footmen for some time, but it appeared to simmer down as of late.
Therefore, this came as a surprise, which is always great fun. But looking past the initial pop, we must now look at what the aftermath means.
If we can presume, Randy Orton is now effectively a face—something we have not seen him been for a long time—then this is long overdue and this a good move on WWE's part for both character and story.
Would he be a stronger face if he had been the one to turn on Seth? Maybe, but I think they are going for the sympathy vote baby face approach.
It does raise questions over what will happen at Hell in a Cell in his match against Cena though, for it now looks like we have two faces paired off against each other. However, it will be interesting to see how this all develops over the next few weeks.
So, WWE has to apologize when Big Show tore down the Russian flag, but Rusev can kick an American soldier in the head with no consequence.
Botched and sloppy execution aside, and ignoring the fact it was highly unlikely a real soldier, many people still feel this was a tad disrespectful of WWE to do this. Doubly odd when you consider their Tribute to The Troops and free tickets for servicemen initiatives.
I can understand the reasoning behind them doing it for some additional heat upon The Bulgarian Brute, but this Rusev feud has been subjected to so many faux-pas already, you have to wonder how much longer it should really be going on?
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!