Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 2/25/2016 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 2/25/2016

Posted by Ross K Foad Thursday, February 25, 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:
TRIPLE TREAT

Getting the pace right in a triple threat match is no easy task, but Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Brock Lesnar pulled it off masterfully on Sunday night's Fastlane event.

From the moment the bell rang, this was a perfect example of how ring psychology should be done. The Shield brethren timed their spots well to create the right balance of when to be friends and when to be foes. In addition, the two Shield Bombs through the tables was a fantastic highlight, as was Dean Ambrose's crazy chair assault on Reigns and Lesnar.

The 25 minute match was one of those rare treats that remind us why we love wrestling. From start to (near) finish, this was one hell of an enjoyable bout. However, this does now bring us to our Heat section…...
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EXTRA POP: Shane O' Mac's Back.

This was not expected, but boy was the WWE Universe ready for a return from Shane McMahon. Whether you love or loathe the idea of him going one-on-one with The Undertaker at WrestleMania, you cannot deny that things are going to get interesting.

CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
THE WRONG MAN EMPIRE

"With the good comes the bad."—an adage many will agree with when it came to the main event at Fastlane, and as lamented in my Pop column, this was an excellent triple threat match. Nevertheless, the outcome was not without fault.

Having Roman Reigns win was audibly not what the crowd wanted, and the general response on social media has not fared much better either. For a few tantalizing seconds, it looked like Dean Ambrose would be the one going on to face Triple H at WrestleMania. However, these fleeting teasing moments were enough to get fans thinking about what we could have had on the grandest stage of them all.

Triple H vs. Dean Ambrose was not something many of us would have anticipated a few weeks back, (and I suppose we were right to do so), but it would have made for a unique and memorable main event had it happened.

Ok, story-wise it may not have made as much sense as Roman Reigns, but it is not like it would have had no backstory to play off. Dean Ambrose has been a thorn in The Authority's side for nearly two years now, and he has been there every step of the way alongside Roman.

But setting aside Ambrose for a second, the problem I am foreseeing here is that unless WWE are planning on turning Roman Reigns heel, the conquering of Triple H at WrestleMania is unlikely to set him skyrocketing into babyface territory. If anything, I imagine many will back Triple H just to spite Roman Reigns. The mission to get Roman Reigns over will certainly not be accomplished.

With six weeks to go until WrestleMania, anything could still happen, but unless some swerve is on the cards, I do not see the crowd lapping up a victorious babyface Roman Reigns come the close of WrestleMania.

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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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