Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 11/5/2017 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling: 11/5/2017

Posted by Ross K Foad Sunday, November 5, 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:
SHHHIELD

Some people consider live events pointless to attend. After all, they are considered non-canon, and have no bearing on the bigger picture. While this is mostly true, there have been occasions where titles have exchanged hands on these shows, but not to the extent that anyone truly expects seeing it.

However, it is also largely accepted that WWE events are where really fun wrestling happens. With no TV time limits and camera angles to worry about, the wrestlers are free to experiment, goof around, and really do their best to entertain the crowd. Also, as Triple H demonstrated last week, you never know who might crop up there.

In his first match since WrestleMania 33, The Game initially strapped on his boots to fill in for AJ Styles when he was needed for TLC, and then proceeded to join the boys and girls for some select dates on the European leg of the live event tour.

As part of the recent Glasgow event, much to the crowd's delight, he even became a guest member of The Shield for the night! Typically, some fans complained that this broke storyline as he previously feuded with Seth Rollins, but given that there are no impacting stories on live events, and that feud ended in April, what is the big deal? It was a hugely fun moment that added an extra special moment to many people's night.

In addition, a 14-time world champion demonstrating that he has no qualms about performing on these so called lesser shows is a good show of class to the younger wrestlers, or those that feel shafted for rarely getting TV time. There is an old adage that those who cannot do, teach, but it is certainly not a phrase that anyone can say about Triple H any time soon.

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CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
EMMA EXITS

Sad news this week when WWE decided to release some long standing talent. While Summer Rae and Darren Young were understandable given their absence, injuries, and lack of involvement in recent angles, the case of Emma was a bit more of a surprise.

It is possible her unwillingness to adapt to the Emmalina character might have rubbed some officials up the wrong way, but the blame should not like solely on Australia's first WWE superstar. Why did WWE have such high hopes for this gimmick anyway? She was going to be a woman who was sexy. The end.

Did they forget that this was an image they were trying to move the women's division away from? WWE knew that she was not taking to the character during rehearsals, so why did they persist on her doing it anyway? Common sense dictates that you do not cast an actor who failed their screen test miserably.

Another possible strike was a recent lengthy injury, but this seems petty when one considers the likes of Paige has been off since before the brand split, and has been a poster problem child thanks to her fractious relationship with WWE hating Alberto Del Rio.

The fact of the matter is that wrestlers get injured, and sometimes gimmicks do not pan out, but this should not be a cause for dismissal, especially when they are as good was Emma. We can point to countless examples of wrestlers who have had more than their share of these career pitfalls yet still been supported and come out on top. Why not Emma?

While she was oft forgotten in the shadow of the revered horsewomen, Emma is talented, and her last two matches against Asuka more than proved just how much she was capable of.

I was a huge supporter of Emma and am gutted to see her go. She had a unique quirky quality that I am going to sorely miss seeing on the main roster.

#ThankyouEmma

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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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