Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling #325 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling #325

Posted by Ross K. Foad Saturday, September 5, 2020

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:

THE REIGN BEGINS

If you had told me that Roman Reigns was going heel a year ago, I would not have dismissed it entirely, but have wished you luck in your fantasy booking endeavors. He was the new John Cena, remember? He would never go full-blown heel, right?

Wrong! Well, sort of. His latest incarnation is not exactly the devil incarnate, but it does not have to be, for he's got the devious side all sewn up in the form of one Paul E. Heyman. As shown by this past week's SmackDown, Roman is not a complete dick, at least not yet, as he helped his cousin get in the number one contender's match, and was cordial, if not slightly distracted, when they met in the hallway. I like that. This is a refreshing take on both Roman and the heel concept.

Oh, and that Jey Uso actually became number one contender? WWE clearly want to keep that SummerSlam tag line alive, because I never saw that coming.

More please.

Roman Reigns Smackdown Paul Heyman Champion WWE Universal Uso

CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:

NOT AN IICONIC END

The IIconics were the women’s tag team long before WWE brought back the women’s tag division, and their unceremonious split on Raw left many disappointed with the rushed handling. Announced mere hours before the show via social media, the tag match against The Riott Squad came coupled with a losing team splits apart stipulation, but without any reason explaining why.

This feels like the match that should have been done with weeks of build, and imposed upon the pairings by an authority figure as punishment for misbehavior. Supposedly, the actual reason behind it was to push Peyton Royce as a singles star, but, as proven by the likes of Kofi Kingston, you do not have to split up a team to do this.

Also, what of poor Billie Kay? She is clearly not seen as the single star, but, with no mid-card women's title, what is there for her to do but try another team? In the short term, I would suggest that she could do well having a stint in the 24/7 division, but WWE seems to have lost interest in women chasing the green and gold.

Sure, this was a definitive ending, but not the ending they needed nor deserved.

Peyton Royce Billy Kay Iconics Tag Team Women WWE

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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