Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 7/23/2015 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 7/23/2015

Posted by Ross K Foad Thursday, July 23, 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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Ordinarily, a main event pay-per-view match ending in a no contest/ DQ would give us good cause to grumble. However, The Undertaker turning up and tombstoning Brock Lesnar does not qualify as anywhere near ordinary.

On last Sunday night's Battleground pay-per-view, moments before it looked like the end was nigh for Seth Rollins title reign, the lights went out and the bells did toll.

Seconds later, The Undertaker appeared before The Beast Incarnate and proceeded to lay down a hellacious beating with chokeslams and tombstone piledrivers. It was a revenge attack over a year in the making, and we needed no reminders as to why.

"The 1 in 21-1" is now on notice. The Deadman has risen.

Rumors had been bouncing around the Internet for the past week over a Taker return at Battleground, but like any rumor in the wrestling world, I took it with a pinch of salt.

With this in mind, I must confess that for a few brief moments, I thought he was the tall hooded man who assisted Bray Wyatt in defeating Roman Reigns. This, of course, turned out to be his former stablemate Luke Harper (yay).

However, so enthralled by Seth's trip to Suplex City, I thought that nothing could save him by this point. But how wrong I was, and how good it felt.

The Architect has escaped the city, and with The Deadman once again walking; it is going to be some time before Brock can force Seth to travel back again.

The coming weeks shall prove very interesting indeed.

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Last Monday on Raw, we had a champ vs. champ blow off with WWE Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins and United States Champion, John Cena.

The segment started with Seth boasting how he had escaped from Suplex City intact; how he had proven everyone who doubted him wrong. But his arrogance soon brought "fighting champion" John Cena to the ring in a bid to take him down a peg or two.

Now, I have to say this was an entertaining segment. I liked how it included the old adage "the man makes the belt; the belt does not make the man" ideal, and I could not agree more. Cena has made the US title more relevant than it has been in years, and has given us some real Match of the Year contenders through his reign. For once, it is not just that championship a bit lower than the Intercontinental title (even though WWE liked to make out they were of equal rank).

But as good as the section was, it did cause some concern amongst the WWE Universe. Some feel it implied even with a midcard title, John Cena is still the face of the company, and better than the actual champion.

While I do feel some of these thoughts are jumping to the standard IWC negativity far too quickly, I do have my own concerns of what this segment means.

Is this the start of a Rollins and Cena feud? I certainly hope not. I have gained a great deal of respect for Cena since he became US champion. Pushing him straight back into the main event while still carrying the US title does not make sense to me. He was doing so well with the title, why lose that momentum now? Should he not have dropped it to Owens if this was the case?

For the sake of Cena, Rollins, AND the US Title, I am hoping that this was a time filling one-off segment and not a sign of things to come.

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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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