Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 9/4/2016 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 9/4/2016

Posted by Ross K Foad Sunday, September 4, 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:
BEAUTY AND THE MAN-BEAST

Kevin Owens winning the Universal Championship is undoubtedly awesome, but for me, the best thing this week has easily been Heath Slater and Rhyno's tag team. I love it. I love it so much.

I have been a Heath Slater fan ever since he first arrived on the scene as part of The Nexus, and to see his recent push is a satisfying feeling. However, I never would have guessed that the pinnacle of his success might come alongside Rhyno.

The trailer park sketch with him silently eating crackers and cheese spray while Slater's screen wife bustled around was one of the funniest things I have seen on WWE in years. The sad face that Rhyno drew on the cracker was comedy gold that came from nowhere, as was Slater's comments on his children being out back picking up bottles and cans.

Rhyno barely has to say a word but could not be funnier for it. He just has to sit there and stare crazy-eyed into space to make it work. They have that Team Hell No odd couple vibe, yet are wholly unique at the same time. Even better when you consider Rhyno's reason for joining was the money could help him buy an outdoor swimming pool.

WWE might have brought up American Alpha with the intention of making them the first WWE SmackDown tag team champions, but remember that decisions change all the time. Can the obvious popularity of the pair overturn the status quo choice? I, and Heath's eight (?) children, certainly hope so.

Manbeast WWE Tag Team Smackdown Tournament Rhyno Heath Slater

CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
SOUR MILK

WWE are having a bit of fun with utilizing enhancement talent as of late. Rather than just have a slew of forgettable faces, recent weeks have given us the likes of the Johnny 'I like sweaty men' Knockout, and the face of a thousand memes, James Ellworth.

But what on earth was up with The Milkman? Why was this a thing? Who? Why did he strip down to his underwear? Even the commentators seemed puzzled. They did not describe him as local talent. He certainly did not look like he wrestled, and why did Kane come out and destroy him but not have a match? Again, props for being bizarrely memorable, but this was SmackDown — they should not need confusing filler that serves no purpose, especially not the kind that was a bit, well, pants.

WWE Smackdown Live Kane Local Talent Jobber


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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