A few weeks ago, had anyone asked me whether it was worth going to a WWE house show, my reply should have been: "Sure, but don't have too high expectations for it."
Previously, the house shows have been good for seeing some of your favorite low level midcard talent. Plus, without the limitations and constraints of TV schedules, the matches can often be unrecorded classics.
But advancement with storylines, top-tier talent, and title changes were not things we were conditioned to expect to see in them. However, the current WWE/NXT European tour has really turned this concept around, and given a whole new reason to attend house shows.
Not only have the lucky crowds seen the likes of Triple H teaming up with Kevin Owens to face Dean Ambrose and Sami Zayn, but they also got to witness the NXT title changing hands when Samoa Joe defeated Finn Balor.
To my knowledge, the closest thing in recent times was when Luke Harper and Erik Rowan defeated The Usos for the Tag Team Championship at a 2013 house show, only to have the decision reversed when the referee realized Bray Wyatt had interfered. Not exactly the same caliber of excitement, is it?
Whether the title change was necessary due to an injury or call-up for Balor remains to be seen, but one cannot deny that WWE gave those fans something very special that they will always remember.
Bravo WWE. Bravo.
Do you feel like going to Puerto Rico? No? Well, Primo and Epico think you should. I just wish I knew why.
For the third week running, WWE have screened odd vignettes of the one time Los Matadores waxing lyrical about the beautiful beaches and nightlife of Puerto Rico. Is this a deal with the tourism board? A gay travel agent gimmick? Why are they so keen to get me to Puerto Rico?
Normally, these segments are designed to introduce or re-debut a wrestler, but thus far? I am neither anticipating a return nor have a hankering to go to Puerto Rico.
I guess I am mildly amused, but mostly I am just confused.
Please explain WWE!
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!