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?
Because of WrestleMania 31, it is hard to pick what is the greatest pop this week.
However, if I had to pick one, it would be Seth Rollins cashing in his MITB briefcase and winning the WWE Heavyweight Championship.
First off, I am with The Authority on this one; Seth IS the future. He is explosive in the ring and on the mic. It is astonishing to think he was once viewed as the least personable member of The Shield.
In a little under a year, he metamorphosized into a main event player, and this Sunday solidified his place there.
Beyond being happy for Seth, I think this is best for business. No matter how well Roman performed, (and that he did). A victory that saw him leaving with the Championship, would have left the melodramatic fans devastated.
Do I think it would have been the worst outcome? No, but I think WWE acknowledges that Reigns is not quite ready after all. His time was not now, but it will come one day.
With Brock extending his contract, his retaining would have meant months of not seeing the WWE Champion again, and Reigns winning may not have been given the chance to develop by more ardent fans, but Rollins? Rollins is not just the future; he is the here and now - and with damn good cause.
Special Mention: Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco meeting J and J Security backstage, and then having them dismissed as "stooges." Classic.
The Andre the Giant Battle Royal was a slight disappointment to me. I do feel it is just a way to get as many people on the card for the sake of it, but should it be an annual event so close to the Royal Rumble? I am not convinced it should be, but as it looks like it is here to stay, I will comment on the match's outcome instead.
In a way, Big Show does deserve it. He has been a workhorse for nigh on 15 years, and lost most of his WrestleMania matches.
But having Damien Mizdow turn on The Miz only to lose moments later? I think far more friction and resentment could have come from The Miz had Mizdow actually got the victory.
Beyond that, Mizdow is beloved by fans. He did deserve a victory, but as I said, I will not begrudge Big Show his win. I just hope WWE does not drop the ball with the Miz and Mizdow feud from here on in.
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!