Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 3/12/2017 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 3/12/2017

Posted by Ross K Foad Sunday, March 12, 2017
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:
DUTIFUL JOE

If there is a Samoan on the roster the WWE Universe would not object to seeing pushed, it has to be Samoa Joe. I have really enjoyed his destructive antics since his arrival on Monday Night Raw, and this past week has been no exception.

Firstly, on the rather derived Fastlane, his match with Sami Zayn was one of the few highlights. Alongside the Cruiserweight Championship match, it received 20% of votes for best match of the card on the official WWE Facebook poll, and it is not hard to see why. With a solid execution of moves and a decent pace, it was an excellent showcase as to why Samoa Joe deserves the attention he receives from Triple H on and off screen.

Which brings us to another interesting development about Samoa Joe. He has recently been developing a loose alliance with Kevin Owens in the same fashion Jeri-KO enjoyed during the halcyon blossoming days of their best friendship. But what does this mean?

If rumors are to be believed, this may be the framework for a potential new Triple H stable.

While some feel that it too soon for a new Authority-type stable, I do not believe that this would be the basis behind it. I think that it would be closer to an evolution of Evolution, and one that would see Triple H in the Ric Flair managerial role. It is a natural and logical progression for the stable, and any sort of spiritual successor with Joe and KO could only possibly be amazing to watch.

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BONUS POP: Audio Awesomeness. Edge and Christian are starting a weekly podcast as of the 24th March! I know nearly every wrestler and ex-wrestler has one, but this one will surely become a must listen for anyone who grew up watching them as one of the premier teams of the Attitude Era.

CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
THE MATCH NOBODY WAS WAITING FOR

I am really not sure what WWE is hoping to achieve with the now confirmed Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker match at WrestleMania.

Disregard the actual match quality for a second and let us consider the long term goals behind it. If Roman defeats The Undertaker, is there any way back for him to be the babyface WWE want him to be? Not any time soon I would wager.

The Undertaker is very old school and may like the idea of passing "the yard" to Roman, but unless Roman is going full out nuclear heel after WrestleMania, I do not see giving The Undertaker his second-ever WrestleMania loss as doing anything to bolster Roman Reigns popularity.

Sure, Roman Reigns could lose, but what if this is The Undertaker's last match? There are many other stars that people would rather he face. Finn Balor, John Cena, Braun Strowman, and even one last match with baby kayfabe brother Kane! But Roman Reigns? How many people put this on their WrestleMania wish list?

None of last Monday Night Raw's crowd I would expect…


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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