Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 8/6/2017 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 8/6/2017

Posted by Ross K Foad Sunday, August 6, 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:
FIRST ENCOUNTERS

John Cena vs. Shinsuke Nakumura was absolutely the best thing to have happened in the world of wrestling this week.

Squaring off for the first time on SmackDown Live, the pair gave far more than one has come to expect on a television match. The pace was fast, the blows were furious, and the movements far more fluid than one could have ever expected. Well, neck botch aside, obviously.

The booking of the match was billed as a dream match due to each wrestler’s respective superstar status, but never did I imagine these two would work so well together. The sixteen-time World champion works to a solid and more methodical style, while Shinsuke is not known as the King of Strong Style for nothing.

One could have easily imagined WWE's Captain America being the natural choice to go on and dethrone the villainous Maharaja, but opting for Shinsuke is going to make for a very intriguing SummerSlam.

However that is the future, and this column is about the past, and I must once again take my hat off to Cena and Shinsake for a fantastic match. Let us hope that they meet again.

WWE SummerSlam Cena Shinsuke Nakamura SmackDown Live

CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
THIS DOES NOT REEK OF AWESOMENESS

Following last fortnight's cancellation of the weekly Talking Smack show, WWE has since announced that it will also be axing Unfiltered and The Edge and Christian Show.

For those who have yet to see it, The Edge and Christian Show is a sketch show of a bizarre nature which frequently featured guests likes Bray Wyatt, Funaki, Gangrel, and even Pete Gas! After your WrestleManias and SummerSlams et all, it was the main draw for me signing up to the network. Anyone who appreciated Edge and Christian’s surfer dude gimmick of the early noughties would have got a big kick out of the show.

Edge and Christian had mentioned on their podcast that a second series had been written, and that they had been due to film, but were on a hiatus due to some parts being deemed too expensive to film.

But given the bulk of it is filmed in WWE HQ with a lot of green screen, I am beginning to wonder just how much WWE is willing to invest in its own original network content. Even Ride Along might be getting the boot soon, and how expensive can that be to make?

As for Unfiltered, this must come as a snub to Renee Young, having had two of her shows axed in as many weeks. Renee is one of the standout WWE interview talents, and deserves more than being generic microphone holder #4. There has long been rumors that ESPN has its eye on her, and if WWE is not careful, she may become tempted to jump ship.

Much like Talking Smack, the main reason WWE gave was low viewership, but as we have no way of knowing the viewing figures, we can only take their word that this is the case, and that this was not a sudden whim by Vince McMahon.

After all, The Edge and Christian Show did feature the man who Vince once wanted to digitize a blue dot on his face at all times...

WWE Network Edge Christian Renee Young Unfiltered

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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