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.
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.
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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!