Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling #327 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling #327

Posted by Ross K. Foad Sunday, September 20, 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:

HEROES FOR HIRE

During the infancy of the Hurt Business, there were rumors that WWE had plans for them to be a new Nation of Domination style group. Fuel to this fire was added when Ron Simmons turned up on an episode of Raw and, while he did not directly aid the faction, his support for them was certainly made clear.

However, in what was either some ingenious foreshadowing, or, more likely, a latterly thought up idea, the group's original linking to Simmons now rings true, just not in the way we originally thought.

After all, was the offering to protect Raw for Adam Pearce in exchange for money not just a tad reminiscent of the A.P.A? The Hurt Business never needed to become spiritual successors to the Acolytes, as everything they were doing on their own has been outstanding, but adding this facet just makes sense, and, frankly, pushes them to the next level of stardom.

Their storming the ring to fight Retribution was an awesome sight, especially as they were vastly outnumbered, but it made for an extremely entertaining ending which, let us be honest, is not something one would normally associate with anything Retribution related.

WWE Hurt Business MVP Adam Pearce Retribution Cedric Alexander

CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:

BANKRUPT

Otis wining the Money in the Bank briefcase felt like a great idea, and not one that many seriously objected to. Here was WWE giving the rub to someone totally unexpected, and whom was seriously over with the fans

Yes, his shtick is largely comedic, but the man can mow through people in short decisive fashion when it is called for. Yet, fast forward a few months, and it is becoming painfully obvious that WWE had no long-term goal in mind when Otis won the briefcase, and are unlikely to come up with anything soon.

His feud with Miz and Morrison is becoming increasingly convoluted, and daft even by WWE standards. It was already established that the contract was non-transferable, yet, Miz and Morrison have continued down the road of getting it off him by legal means. As for pulling the lunchbox switcheroo twice in a row? Everyone in this feud deserves better.

Are WWE running this story solely to remind us that Otis holds the briefcase?

If this is the best that they can do, it would be no bad thing to just play it down and make us forget. That way, any attempted cash in will come as a massive surprise, and those are always the best kind.

WWE MITB Otis Miz Morrison Tucker

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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