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?
Did you catch Bray Wyatts's excellent promo piece this week on Monday Night Raw? Or his masterful match with Ziggler, for that matter? If not, do yourself a favor and go watch them both, for Mr. Dallas's big brother is deserving of our of bolief too.
His latest promo really captured the WWE Universe's attention this week. In it, he rants and raves about the oldest mystery and uncertainty since the dawn of time — the afterlife.
Wyatt's promos are purposefully cryptic, but on occasion, some are just hard to decipher or relate to one way or another. But when he taps into something the audience can all understand and truly wonder about, it is here he excels.
This promo lasts just over ninety seconds, but has more than ramped up my excitement for what is to come. Some people complain his recent speeches have no purpose, but I feel that they are directed towards someone, and that someone is most likely his rumored WrestleMania opponent— Undertaker.
This would fit the deadman/afterlife theme, and I sincerely hope it is a sign these two will clash. I know many want Sting vs. Undertaker, but I believe Wyatt is the better choice of an opponent. Wyatt is this generation's Taker, maybe not in being locker room leader or ring general (yet), but in terms of character development he is almost on par. A battle with The Undertaker will benefit him (and viewers) far greater than Sting in the long-run.
Not through any fault of his own, Bray has been a bit of a stop and starter; some feuds start well, but then just get lost in the shuffle or written off as forgettable. But this time, I have high hopes. Whatever he is up to, it has certainly caught peoples attention.
I watch with anticipation to see what he does next.
Oh, dear. Poor Seth Rollins.
Everything was going so well for the one-time architect of The Shield. He was —and has been—on a roll for some time, and I have little reason to doubt this should detract his progress too much, but nevertheless, it is an embarrassing state of affairs for the man and WWE as a whole.
Just before Monday Night Raw's broadcast, a naked selfie of NXT Diva Zahra Schreiber appeared on Rollins' Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. This was followed by two naked selfies being posted on Rollins' (now ex) fiancée, Leighla Schultz's Twitter.
Though the photos have now been removed, Rollins has apologized for the leak, and Schultz has since disappeared from Twitter; the damage instilled remains.
Yes, this was none other than a revenge attack on poor Rollins by a woman scorned. We can fill in some blanks here ourselves, but all evidence points to an affair Rollins had with Zahra, resulting in the hacking and leakage of photos by Schultz's.
While it is not confirmed it was her; comments made prior to deleting her Twitter hinted she was the one behind Rollin's compromised accounts.
Everyone will have their own opinion on this, but I consider Schultz's actions worse than Rollins. What he does in his personal time is his own business, and while I do not necessarily condone his actions, at least he did not publicly destroy or humiliate her, nor embarrass a third-party.
Thankfully, despite the embarrassment caused, WWE has said Rollins will not face punishment for this matter—a clear sign how much of an asset they consider him to be. Nevertheless, I hope that it does not knock Rollin's own confidence or focus during such a crucial time in his career, and on the Road To WrestleMania.
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!