As the world and their dog now know, Brock Lesnar will fight in the upcoming UFC 200 event. It's almost unthinkable given that he is a contracted WWE superstar.
Is it a power play by Vince McMahon to open the door for Ronda Rousey? A subtle way to stick it to CM Punk, perhaps?
Whatever the reason, I feel this is a good thing. UFC have always been sniffy towards WWE and "sports entertainment," and the same can be said to some hardcore UFC fans.
Brock Lesnar will expose them to the fact that wrestlers should not be dismissed as weak or not worthy of being considered athletes. Alright, Brock Lesnar is a special case, but the fact that he can transcend the worlds is a good thing all around for bridging relations and creating awareness.
Plus, watching Brock let rip with no restraints is going to be fun, right? Well, his opponent might not agree, but still…
Bonus Pop: Rhode To Success
Cody "Not Main Event Material" Rhodes first match post-WWE is going to be against Olympic gold medal winner Kurt Angle at the upcoming Wrestling Under the Stars event. That says it all, really.
For only the second time in CPCH history, I am going write about TNA. Though, clearly I am missing a trick here, for if this past week is anything to go by, there is obviously a very rich source of HEAT column material to be found.
In a bid to promote the upcoming main event of their Slammiversary pay-per-view, TNA released a promo vignette/skit between The Hardy Boyz that made the end days of WCW look slick.
The minute and a half video sees the former WWE Tag Team Champions arguing in what looks an empty high school gym. What they're fighting about was unclear to a newcomer like me, but I am sure ardent TNA fans will know (maybe?)
What followed was Jeff halfheartedly chasing Matt around the ring a bit, Matt lazily rolling in the ring, a doll being passed to Jeff to hit Matt with (why?), and then a fall through a table.
With its B-horror movie acting, poor camera work, and a confusing story to boot, this was just an embarrassment to watch, and I could barely make it through the video. I certainly was not left with a wish to see the conclusion of the feud.
In fact, all that it did was make me appreciate WWE's superior production and editing skills all the more.
Just come home Matt and Jeff. Don't end your careers here, please.
Extra Heat: Mizzing In Action
A bit odd that WWE has given The Miz 5-weeks off to film The Marine 5 yet kept the Intercontinental Championship on him. They must have known about this weeks in advance, surely? I love The Miz, but a strange way to capitalize on the red-hot IC title scene following Extreme Rules.
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!