Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 6/25/2015 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 6/25/2015

Posted by Ross K Foad Thursday, June 25, 2015
Welcome to another edition of Cheap Pop and Cheap Heat from Smark Out Moment! 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?

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I was tempted to talk about Brock Lesnar's "apology" and subsequent beat down for this week's Pop. However, while awesome, there is another little story brewing I find myself intrigued by this week: the rise of Team Bella.

Two weeks ago, Paige tried to rally the Divas division to stand up and take the division back from the dominance of The Bella Twins. Some responded with indifference, while others agreed, but felt that Paige was not trustworthy either.

This week, it emerged Alicia Fox has made a choice, and stood firmly with Team Bella. Surely, others are going to follow her lead and join up. Then, perhaps as the team grows, their opposition will be forced to unite with Paige in an alliance against the Total Diva star twins.

If this is the road WWE is going down, I wholeheartedly approve. An all-in inclusive storyline that incorporates the entire roster in a girl-gang warfare could be just what the division needs.

I know I am in the minority here, but I liked the WWF/WCW invasion (hey, I was 12.) Yes, I know what the problems of it were, but I still enjoyed the feel it had with all the WWF guys on the same page (apart from those that had to be put in WCW to fill in the gaps, but that's another story).

I am hopeful something of a similar nature could work here, and it would be a perfect showcase to bring all the divas to the forefront. Plus, perhaps an excuse to bring over some of the NXT girls? There are plenty ready for main roster pushes.

I await in anticipation to see what happens next.

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Up until recently, it looked all set for Roman Reigns to return to the center stage main event. However, it appears that he will instead, be Bray Wyatt's next target.


Bray is an excellent character; he is engaging (if not a bit a confusing) when he talks in riddles and mysteries, but sometimes the content has next to no meaning when measured within the context.

Last week on SmackDown, Wyatt cost Reigns his match by distracting him with a Titantron video message. During the vignette, Wyatt produced a photo of Reigns playing with his daughter and began singing "I'm a little tea-pot" as a means to mock Reigns.

Then, on Monday Night Raw, Wyatt once again interrupted Reigns match with a second Titantron video, but this time to pretend he was having a children's tea party. No indication was given that it revolved around his daughter this time around, but it was enough to set Roman storming off to go find him.

However, instead of Bray, he found a tea set and a wall pasted with photos of himself on it.

I suppose this is some incentive for Reigns to fight back, but it does not feel a great one — at least not yet. Is Wyatt indicating he intends to stalk and follow Roman's daughter ala DDP/Sara circa 2001? Highly unlikely, giving her age and PG restrictions. So what is Bray's problem with Roman?

It is often hard to understand why Bray goes after whom he does. The greatest ones to me were against John Cena (those creepy choir children!) and trying to get Daniel Bryan to join The Wyatt Family. Both these stories were long-running and gave logic motives for Bray—something many of his present feuds lack.

Since losing Rowan and Harper, he has not been as menacing as he once was. Before, he had an ominous cult leader presence, but this is not something I have felt for a long time.

Perhaps a full-on family reunion is in order?

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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!

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Ross K Foad is a writer, actor, YouTuber and founder of the Sherlock Holmes website No Place Like Holmes. He has been a published writer since age 13 with a comic strip in a regional newspaper and a wrestling fan since the Rock 'n' Wrestling era. You can follow him on Twitter


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