Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 11/20/2016 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 11/20/2016

Posted by Ross K Foad Sunday, November 20, 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:
RISEN FROM THE GRAVE

SmackDown 900 really pulled off all the stops this past week, and it is very hard to single out the sole best moment. From The Miz winning the Intercontinental Championship back from Dolph Ziggler, King Booker's cameo pep talk, to a 16-man tag match that actually worked, this is all before we have even mentioned Edge and The Undertaker.

It was awesome to see Edge (complete with Army of Darkness ending beard) return, but one of the biggest takeaways of the week must surely be The Undertaker's speech. Aside from his intriguing motivational message/threat to the SmackDown men, he mentioned that he would no longer be defined by WrestleMania, and how SmackDown had always been his home.

What are we to assume from this? That he intends to return to a regularly weekly schedule on the blue brand? What a coup that would be for a show that is already light years ahead of its sister show. Plus, having a little Brothers of Destruction reunion after the show went off-air? Well, they might be advancing in the years, but seeing that never gets old.

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CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
VADER'S DIAGNOSIS

Sad news this week that Leon White (Vader) has been given 2 years to live by doctors following the diagnosis of heart failure problems. While this is not the time to be writing up his career obituary, I wanted to take a moment to point out that he deserves a place in the WWE Hall of Fame, especially whilst he is still alive to enjoy it in person.

Although his stints in WWE were not the longest, many will fondly remember his battles with Mankind and The Undertaker. In addition, he was a mainstay of early WCW and the Japanese wrestling scene, and has also made a handful of cameo appearances for WWE since retirement from full-time wrestling.

Frankly, I can think of inductees that have contributed far less than he to the wrestling world. So, come on WWE, let us honor him while we still can.

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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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