Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 8/25/2015 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 8/25/2015

Posted by Ross K Foad Tuesday, August 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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CHEAP POP OF THE WEEK:
CENA VS. ROLLINS

At SummerSlam 2015, Seth Rollins became the first dual holder of the WWE United States and WWE World Heavyweight Championships.

Now, I am a big fan of Seth Rollins, and while this goes some way for this being my Pop choice, it is not the primary reason. This was a fantastic match regardless, full of false finishes, fast-paced, and never a dull moment. Plus, what was at stake added to the excitement of the match.

Ok, the ending was not what I expected at all, but we will address that in the Heat section. Not for one second did I foresee Jon Stewart being a deciding factor, so plus points to WWE for pulling the wool over my eyes on that one.

Also, can you imagine the uproar and backlash WWE would have faced to have John Cena tie Ric
Flair's 16 world titles? Rollins retaining has put a halt in this plan for the time being, and that is something I believe many wrestling fans will be grateful for.

SummerSlam 2015 Rollins Cena WWE Heavyweight John Stewart US Title

CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
CENA VS. ROLLINS

Occasionally, I have a subject that features in both my Pop and Heat sections. Rollins vs. Cena is one such example.

Above, I explained some of the positives to that bout, but in this section, we need to turn to the negatives.

Firstly, having Stewart help Rollins does not help him get away from accusations. He is a champion who cannot win without help. Perhaps, WWE wanted this to be the case, so that he continues to build heel heat; otherwise, it seems a strange occurrence to have happened.

My other concern is for the United States title itself. In the past four months, my attitude toward Cena took a turn thanks to what he has done with the United States Championship and how much prestige and pride he has restored to the belt. Week after week, he defended the title in several Match of the Year contenders.

Will Rollins be a worthy U.S. title holder? I do not see open challenges on the horizon, and surely at pay-per-views he will be defending the World Heavyweight title, not the United States title. If that is the case, the title could risk losing its prominence once again.

It is a tough one to call. I prefer Rollins over Cena, but he did not need the midcard belt, and I think Cena is a better representative for it.

However, as always, the coming weeks will prove whether this was short-term ill planning, or a cog in the wheel of a greater storyline.

SummerSLam 2015 Rollins Cena WWE Heavyweight John Stewart US Title

For a deeper look on Smark Out Moments thoughts on the future of The US Title - Click here.

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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THIS POST WAS WRITTEN BY ROSS K. FOAD

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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