Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 1/7/2016 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 1/7/2016

Posted by Ross K Foad Thursday, January 7, 2016
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:
ROOTY TOOTY BOOTY

The highlight of this week for me was undoubtedly the sparkling return of the human highlight reel himself, Chris Jericho.

Appearing after a clever countdown interruption to The New Day's promo, Y2J proceeded to show us just why he is the most charismatic showman to ever enter our living rooms via a television screen.

The normally never lost for words tag champs soon shut the hell up as Chris Jericho delivered a mixture of classic Jerichoisms, alongside some catchy new ones to boot(y).

While Chris Jericho worked quite a few house shows in 2015, his main non-network appearance was as the mystery partner of Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns at Night of Champions. That match hinted on a heel turn run, but sadly went nowhere after he disappointingly disappeared for the rest of year.

Is he here to embark on a feud with The New Day, or just turning up to try to win the Royal Rumble (yes please). Whether it is a long or a short run, Y2J's visits make for essential viewing.

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CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
I WANT TO BOLIEVE

Do not get me wrong, I am enthusiastic about the formation of The Social Outcasts faction. I think it gives some much needed screen time to four talented individuals who have otherwise been floundering or M.I.A.

The comedic potential as a collective is huge. Just take their post-match interview with Kyle Edwards, or rather, the post-match interview conducted by Heath Slater after stealing Kyle's glasses and doing it himself. This was fun and felt an unscripted moment — the very tactics that The New Day used to get over.

So, why is this my Heat?

Well, maybe it was just the lackluster crowd that made me feel this way, but I am not really sure what WWE's direction for the group is. Two weeks ago, it was obvious that Heath Slater had fast become an internet darling.

He was obviously on the way to getting a babyface push. So, why have the Social Outcasts score a tainted cheat victory over fan favorite Dolph Ziggler? The crowd did not seem very enthusiastic about it.

While Eddie Guerrero proved that you can be a cheater and loved, I do not think that this group would be able to replicate that sort of feeling. I am not yet sure if they are heels or faces at this stage.

Of course, what WWE plans to do with them will become clear in the coming weeks, but I just hope they actually have some sort of direction for this rag tag group of lovable losers, and not just make them The Job Squad 2.0.

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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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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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