You can take Talking Smack from the programs, but you cannot take the smack talking from the wrestlers. Well, at least from those that could do in the first place. Monday Night Raw saw The Miz once again prove his worth by delivering a brilliant brutal shoot promo on Roman Reigns and John Cena.
He was firing on all cylinders as he berated the poster boys being handed opportunity after opportunity while he is consistently overlooked. He even fit in a quip about seeing the Barclays Center sold out for the first time, a jab at WWE's decision to have his SummerSlam match start before opening all the doors to the arena.
Ironically, for a supposed heel, the crowd cheered and agreed with absolutely everything he was saying! It was a very clear indication of the landscape of this WWE era.
It might have been slightly more homogenized, but the message behind The Miz's outbursts was not unlike CM Punk's infamous pipe bomb. This guy is one of WWE's most reliable all-rounder workers, and while this is recognized with his multiple and lengthy Intercontinental Championship reigns, there does still seem to be a glass ceiling over him ascending to the very top again.
Though I could see all this leading to The Miz losing the IC title to Cena or Roman, I enjoyed the segment a lot, and I am still looking forward to seeing where it develops from here.
HOW YOU DOIN'? NOT SO GREAT
Big Cass is expected to be out for six to nine months following an ACL tear during his street fight with Enzo Amore. While he was not exactly setting the world on fire, it does come at a time when he was still trying to figure out who he was without Enzo.
Being stuck in a feud with him was not exactly helping matters, but the general consensus still is that Big Cass would have been better off being managed by Enzo Amore. Their complementing of each other was evident very early on in their partnership, and WWE had yet to figure out how to best present him as a heel single star. He was making small steps to improve on the microphone on his own, but this injury is sadly going to reduce any chance of improving his presentation and confidence delivering promos.
At least with Enzo Amore now in 205 Live, we can safely say that this feud is now over, and hopefully, the time off will allow WWE to have a good long think over how they can better utilize Big Cass upon his return.
But for now? Big Cass, I hope you are doin' well with your recovery.
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!