Absence is supposed to make the heart grow fonder, but where Big Cass is concerned, it would seem that it can dramatically improve a wrestler's promo skills too.
When teaming with Enzo, he only really had to handle the odd line here and there, but it was clear when solo that he was going to be in for a struggle. Faced with lengthy scripts, he would come across as not confident, awkward, and downright nervous. Not what one expects from monster sized heel.
However, this Cass is as dead as his former tag partner's WWE career, and no longer does he suffer from bumbling and the deer in headlight look
He can now spew out lines with steely confidence and conviction far more fitting for his new bullying persona (remember to Be a Star, kids).
Some feel that his feud with Daniel Bryan is not fitting for the bearded superstar, and that Cass is too green for such a position, but let us not forget that Braun Strowman was once in a very similar place.
If he can apply the same learning aptitude for his ring work as he has clearly done for his promo skills, I am sure that it will not be long before Cass will be doin' just fine.
I think that it would be fair to say that continuity and storytelling were not exactly the name of the game last Monday Night Raw. Cast your mind back to just last year when Roman Reigns was in a lengthy blood feud with Braun Strowman. Their hatred of one other was so intense that they had no problem using ambulances and trucks as weapons to put each other out of action for good.
So, why on earth did Braun Strowman choose to come to Roman Reign's aid when he was attacked by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn? Because he just likes beating people up? He grudgingly now respects Roman? Or just because WWE needed someone over for Roman to team with? Given that Braun has not offered an explanation, I will presume that it is the latter and to hell with any story.
Well, at least this lapse in the narrative was made up for by the deep intrinsic multi-layered motivations of the wholly three-dimensional Bobby Lashley.
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!