Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling #332 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling #332

Posted by Ross K. Foad Saturday, October 31, 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:

LONG TIME COMING

What exactly WWE were trying to achieve when they changed Chad Gable's name to Shorty G is unclear.

Possibly they figured that this would give him an underdog appeal, but as they failed to build on it with any sort of real momentum or story, it could only ever be reflected upon as short-sighted. After all, as Gable recently highlighted on the After The Bell podcast, he was sometimes not even the shortest person in the match.

Thankfully, this past week saw the Shorty G moniker finally kicked to the curb during a post-match interview. Frustrated by his loss, Gable denounced his current incarnation, and that he was quitting. Or, rather, that Short G was quitting, and one Chad Gable would be taking his place. Thank goodness for that! Gable did what he could with the gimmick, but, much like his inferred size, there really was very little to work with.

Shorty G Raw WWE Chad Gable

CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:

RETRIBUTION...AGAIN!

Never before have I had to talk more about a group than I have with Retribution, and, judging by this past week alone, I doubt that is going to change any time soon.

Despite a decent reveal that saw Mustafa Ali emerge as their leader, everything that has happened since has done nothing but damage to their, already wafer thin, credibility.

Hot off T-Bar's loss at Hell in a Cell, WWE saw fit to squander an obvious Survivor Series match by pitting the feeble faction against The Hurt Business in an elimination tag match.

Suffice to say, they lost both the battle and the war, and were quickly sent packing with their tails tucked between their legs. Would it have helped their cause if they had won either the match or the post-match scuffle? Of course! But it still would not change a vital point about WWE's own faith in them.

The Nexus main evented a SummerSlam with their tag team elimination match. Meanwhile, Retribution could not even close an episode of Raw with theirs...

WWE Retribution Survivor Series Mustafa Ali

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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