Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 12/17/2015 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 12/17/2015

Posted by Ross K Foad Thursday, December 17, 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:
RAW IS WOW

After TLC, I was going to write about the triple threat ladder match for my Pop choice.

Then, Raw happened.

A Vince McMahon return, Stephanie McMahon slapping the living hell out of Roman Reigns, a kick in the grapefruits by Vinnie Mac to Reigns, a match of the year candidate extreme rules match, The Usos and Lucha Dragons getting booed for beating up The New Day, R-Truth's hilarious deluded limbo-stealing skit, matches with the likes of Becky, Neville, and Charlotte....and this is before we have even got around to mention the heavyweight title match and heavyweight title exchange.

It is impossible to pick out the greatest moment, as every match and segment were Pop worthy. This was Raw as we have clamored for. It had an energy reminiscent of Raw in mid-late 1998.

The main story (McMahon/Reigns) drew us in to keep watching, and everything else hung perfectly around it. I am not even the greatest Roman Reigns fan (as a life-long Triple H fan, I will always support The Authority), but even I can see what great things can come off this.

It is ironic that for all the criticism Vince McMahon gets for ruining the product, look at what happens when he actually turns up to make an appearance.

We moan, we complain, we gripe, we groan. However, December 14th's Monday Night Raw reminded us that we ultimately love the WWE Universe for a damn good reason.

Raw Monday Night Reigns Win Sheamus McMahon

CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
COOK TEASER

Last week, I spoke of my excitement for the upcoming 8-man table match between the ECW originals and The Wyatt Family. This week, I shall speak of my disappointment in the 8-man table match between the ECW originals and The Wyatt Family.

Do not get me wrong, this was by no means an awful match—far from it. Nevertheless, some questionable bits to it has left me scratching my head.

First, it was good that The Wyatts won, as they needed this victory, but the elimination process was strange.

Why did only poor Erick Rowan end up eliminated? If they wanted them to appear dominant, then surely leaving all four members standing should have been the result. If they wanted them to look like they had survived a hard fought battle, then surely at least two members could have gone?

Eliminating Erick made him look like the weak link of the pack, but he is far from weak and deserves better than this.

Secondly, the teased table on fire incident. For one brief moment, I thought we were going to get flames for the first time in what must be over a decade. Bubba Ray got the lighter fluid, held it up high, and then proceeded to douse the table, only to get put through it seconds later.

However, it must also be said that WWE righted these wrongs with the follow up Extreme Rules tag match on Raw.

Fair play WWE.

ECW Wyatt Family Luke Harper D-von Bray Wyatt Bubba Ray Dudley

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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