Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling #358 | Smark Out Moment

Cheap Pop & Cheap Heat of the Week in Wrestling #358

Posted by Ross K. Foad Sunday, May 2, 2021

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?

babyface Cheap Pop professional wrestling WWE Cheap Heat heel

CHEAP POP OF THE WEEK:

RKO BRO

Odd couple tag teams are a dime a dozen in the WWE. In fact, rarely a year goes by without at least one, if not two, being created. Sometimes they are gold in and out of the ring, such as Team Hell No or The Bar, and sometimes you get enjoyable enough, but utterly forgettable low-card fodder like Slator-Gator or The Golden Truth.

However, did we just witness the formation of one that could fall into the first camp? As stupid as it, I enjoyed seeing Randy Orton and Riddle team up as RK-BRO.

Randy has done it all several times over, but it has actually been a little while since his last tag run dalliance as part of The Wyatt Family. Riddle has form for making odd-couple teams work, having won the NXT Tag Titles with Pete Dunne, and I am sure that the success could be replicated here. Riddle talking gibberish and Randy getting frustrated at his nonsense on a regular basis sounds fun to me.

Of course, whether it was a one-off is unclear, but given WWE’s history on the matter, I am leaning closer to the idea of this being a reality.

Plus, it would keep Orton away from another Bray Wyatt feud for a while...

RKO BRO Randy Orton Matt Riddle Raw Tag

CHEAP HEAT OF THE WEEK:

NOTHING LOST NOTHING GAINED

Well, we have entered that lull period of WWE post-WrestleMania and pre-SummerSlam, and until Money in the Bank is on the horizon, everything will just carry on without much impact or reasoning, and little shows this more than the Charlotte Flair debacle.

Last week? Fined 100,000 dollars for her vicious attack on a referee. This week? She has paid her fine, bullied the referee into apologising to her, and missed zero air time in the process. What was the point? Typically, when someone gets a story suspension, they tend to make an authorised entry and cause some merry mayhem before being chased off the premises. It is a simple but effective way to push a story.

What got achieved this time? Charlotte managed to get across that she is snobbish and has feelings of superiority? This was nothing new, ergo nothing was accomplished or advanced. I guess that Sonya Deville let her in against Adam Pearce wishes was something of a plot progression, but in what direction I have no idea.

Hopefully WWE will at least follow-up on that, otherwise what was the point of any of it?

Charlotte Flair WWE Referee Suspension Raw

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 an actor and writer who has been a wrestling fan ever since the early '90s. You can keep up to date on his endeavors on Twitter and YouTube.

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