Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling #227 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling #227

Posted by Ross K. Foad Friday, September 28, 2018
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:
RUSEV DAY OF RECKONING

I feared the worse for Aiden English and Rusev when they split. I had anticipated that it would result in a forgettable pre-show bout followed up with lower-mid card obscurity at best.

However, as much as I did not want to see them ever break up, there is a part of me that loves where their feud is going. I had assumed that Aiden's reason for turning would be no more complex than him being jealous of Rusev, but not once did I expect it to have deeper layers centring around a possible infidelity angle. Of course, what Aiden is alluding to might not be sexual at all, but that is the beauty of it all. We need to know.

I also love that Aiden does not truly hate Rusev, but that his anger stems from Lana being the piggy in the middle of their friendship. Aiden never looked anything but overjoyed to be doing what he was doing with Rusev, but making out that it is Lana’s fault is something that I can accept. In addition, having a friend with a partner that you do not see eye to eye with is a very relatable plot point.

Rope Opera at its finest.

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CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
BOTCHA BELLA MANIA

A few weeks ago, I wrote of my displeasure at the shoehorning of The Bella Twins into high-profile positions that other hard working women can only dream of. It was jarring and transparent to make out that they were vital cogs in changing women's wrestling, and were somehow on par with Ronda Rousey.

However, to be fair, this was all before they had actually stepped back in the ring. Maybe everything would change when I saw them back in action?

Nope.

The past weeks have given us dangerously executed suicide dives, a sloppy exchange against Maryse at Hell in a Cell, and now a concussed Liv Morgan. This is not a good track record, and it is beggars belief that they continue to be pushed the way that they do.

I get that they have mainstream appeal, even if I am not entirely sure why, but they truly do belong in another era. Neither their characters nor ring work feel in tune or up to the standard of the newer talents. They fit perfectly in the post attitude/pre-revolution diva era, but their flaws are become more and more clear with every passing week.

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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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