Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling #257 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling #257

Posted by Ross K. Foad Sunday, May 19, 2019
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:
A FRIEND IN NEED

Ironically, the wild card rule is not proving wildly popular. The individual essence of each has swiftly been ebbed away. There is almost no point in shake-up and brand splits at this point.

However, it did allow for the delightful occurrence we got on the final segment of SmackDown Live between Kofi Kingston and Kevin Owens.

The show saw the ever-defiant Owens refuse to come to the ring for his own talk show segment, and eventually led to him goading Kofi into an entrance way brawl.

However, who should then come to Owen's aid but his smark hating best friend, Sami Zayn. Not only was it fantastic to see the pair reunite after injuries cut their teaming short, but it now opens up an exciting school of thought for what could potentially happen to the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank and beyond.

Could Kevin help Sami win the briefcase? Only to have Sami turn on him by cashing in before or after the main-event? They did once say that they were destined to fight forever. Or, is too soon for Kofi to lose the title? Many different outcomes could easily occur, and I am enjoying the unpredictability of it all.

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CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:
A REAL SHAME

Rumors continue to build that it might soon be closing time on the career of the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus.

Though it is a concussion that caused his current absence, it is his spinal stenosis that is the real cause for concern. The condition, a thinning of the spine, is a life-long illness that has contributed to the shortening on the likes of Steve Austin and Edge's career.

While Sheamus is forty one years old, an age many wrestlers start to think about winding down, he is in the best shape of his entire career. If it were not for the spinal stenosis, he could quite easily look at another couple of years in if he so desired.

While he was much maligned for overexposure in the early parts of his career, he absolutely turned this around in the latter part. A seemingly mismatched pairing with Cesaro would lead to them becoming one of the best tag teams in the past decade. They would repeatedly have my favorite match upon a pay-per-view card, and I, for one, am hugely sorry to see The Bar close. My one consolation there is that it did not end in a feud, and they remain storyline friends.

However, his leaving is not official by any means, and this is all speculation and hearsay at this point. So, could we one day see the Bar reopen? I sure hope so, but, if not, I want to take this column to thank Sheamus for the years of entertainment that he has given to the business.

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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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AUTHOR OF THIS POST: 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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