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?
When Cesaro and Tyson Kidd first teamed together, many thought they were only there to make up the numbers; just an inconspicuous forgettable one-off pairing.
Thankfully, this did not turn out to be the case, and the past week saw the Canadian-Swiss tandem significantly raise their profile. Fact.
The first SmackDown of the year brought an impressive win over Los Matadores, and Monday Night Raw saw the duo disguise themselves as Rosebuds to ambush The New Day. Granted, a win over Los Matadores is nothing to write home about, but it is how they conducted themselves in the ring that has won them a great deal of respect from the WWE Universe and legends alike. Just ask Mick Foley!
At first glance, the team might seem to have ill-thought out. What do they have in common? Why pair them up? Well, they are more alike than one may think. They have a history of being misused, outstanding in the ring, and neither will win a Slammy award for promo skills. (though "bad joke" Cesaro deserves props for his hilarious role in The JBL Show).
This common ground seems to enable them to gel. Personally, I can't wait to see more of their matches.
Whether their success was calculated or not, they are making the most of this and have made serious headway towards becoming a threat in the tag-team ranks.
Success, they both well deserve.
This past week revealed Jerry "The King" Lawler had made a bit of a boob. Still, at least it makes a change from him just talking about them.
On the last Monday Night Raw of 2014, Lawler mentioned how both guest hosts Edge AND Christian were retired from wrestling.
These comments came as something of a surprise. This was the first the WWE Universe knew about it, but then, it was also the first Christian had heard of it, too. Captain Charisma himself has now issued a statement declaring he is NOT retired from the ring, and that Jerry Lawler made a mistake.
Many (myself included) took Lawler's comment as fact, and given how Christian is injury prone and has not competed since early 2014, there was little reason to doubt what he said. So, unsurprisingly, the comments caused upset among fans; many felt this was a poor way to reveal his retirement and that he deserved more for his lengthy service and contributions to wrestling.
Obviously, this has turned out not to be the case, but still, it is not exactly a name slip or move mix up, is it? The difference between knowing whether someone is retired or not is quite a big thing, no?
Late nominee for a 2014 Botch of The Year Award?
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!