Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 6/4/2017 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 6/4/2017

Posted by Ross K Foad Sunday, June 4, 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:
IT'S A MYSTERY

I am liking all the Scooby Doo stuff going on in WWE lately. Firstly, we got a brand new intriguing plot point in which Corey Graves left ringside to show Kurt Angle a slanderous text message against him. What was the full message? Who sent it? Why? These are questions that I am intrigued to find out. Corey Graves playing a role in the story is great, too. His in-ring career was cut short far too soon, so it is nice to have him included in an additional capacity to his commentating.

Some fans are speculating that this may lead to Kurt's in-ring return, and that the sender is whomever his opponent will be. If so, if played out correctly, this could be an excellent angle indeed.

Secondly, the mystery of who keeps attacking Enzo continues. The obvious answer is Big Cass, but is it too obvious? The Revival has been seen snooping around as of late, but are they just red herrings? My money would still be on Big Cass, though I feel sorry for Enzo's career if this is the case. Possibly there is a third unknown party at play, but only time will tell, and I am looking forward to finding out.

It was me Austin!

Kurt Angle Corey Graves Raw Text Message Mystery Backstage

CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
SADLY, THIS IS YOUR LIFE

Some are calling it the worst segment of WWE in 2017, others are saying it is the worst segment ever. While I would not go that far, it is near enough unanimous that the This is Your Life skit was very far off the mark.

One cannot blame them for wanting to replicate the success of The Rock and Mankind's Attitude Era version, but even the Rock N Sock connection may have floundered had they been forced to adhere to such poor scripting and illogical narratives like this.

Bayley was made out to be a nerd for wanting to watch WWE instead of hanging out with her childhood best friend, a notion that Alexa Bliss seemed to endorse. What does that say about Alexa—the women's champion of said nerdy sport! Bayley's dad was also mentioned, twice, with the joke basically being that she was very close to him. What a knee slapper, eh?

The fact that Bayley's attempted retaliation ended in failure is quite shocking too. Who was this meant to benefit? Nobody came out of it for the better.

While WWE has made no formal statement over the matter, the fact that they deleted reference to it on Twitter and omitted the segment from the YouTube clip speaks volumes. Let us hope it is another eighteen years before they try anything like this again.

Bayley Alexa Bliss This is your Life Raw 2017

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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