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?
The penultimate match of the 2015 Royal Rumble was hands down the highlight of the card—the type of match WWE Championship fights should aspire to be.
The action was fast, furious, and constant; every man in this fight gave it their all. It is a rare occurrence when Brock Lesnar does not dominate start to finish, but the stipulation allowed us to briefly suspend belief he might lose; especially when he was laid out with a genuine, broken rib.
Seth Rollins has already proven he is worthy of the main event, but if you didn't believe it before, chances are you do now. He can be a high-flyer, a mat specialist, and a brawler. Rollins is adept at all three skill sets and exhibited this full force during the match. While John Cena might be known for only having five moves in his repertoire, no one can deny the stamina and enthusiasm of the man. He can go the distance and is capable of great matches with the right opponents.
Finally, say what you will of Lesnar's light schedule (I know I do), but there is a reason WWE bows down to his demands—he damn well delivers when it matters.
All three men did an amazing job here. It is just a shame the greatness was overshadowed by the aftermath of what came next.
Oh, dear. The Royal Rumble has come and gone and much of the WWE Universe is up in arms over the result.
Roman Reigns winning even prompted a Twitter trend #cancelwwenetwork, but this is no empty threat. Apparently, the unsubscribe page on the WWE Network website has struggled to keep up with the traffic flow. Exact numbers remain to be seen, but it will prove interesting reading.
With his Looney Tune quotes and comic book cliché riddled promos, it is not too hard to see why some fans won't get behind Reigns, but we have to remember what Vince wants to do, Vince does. Any hate directed at Reigns is unfair to the man.
So, Reigns was not your preferred choice to win the Rumble? Heck, he wasn't my first either, but was he the worst? Not by a long shot. If this happened a year ago, would these same people be hating? No.
Still, when you can turn Rusev face for a night AND get The Rock booed, clearly we are going to have a problem.
Though I disagree with the reaction this garnered, there is no denying the heat it brought WWE is huge. To anyone who is disappointed, all I can say is give it time. We didn't like the 2014 Rumble outcome either, but WrestleMania 30's main events ended up near enough perfect.
Lesnar vs. Reigns has potential for growth, but will disgruntled fans even allow Roman a chance to reign?