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Cheap or not, heat is heat and it’s worth everything

The very best segment on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw in Seattle came courtesy of a pro wrestler getting some good old fashioned cheap heat. You know exactly what I’m talking about:


There’s something to be said about the fact that it is cheap heat. Going after the local sports team — or, in this case, the lack thereof — is as cheap as it gets. The problem with that, of course, is that it’s both easy pickings and the fans aren’t booing the heel saying the thing so much as the thing being said. That’s all valid, too, when you’re analyzing these things in depth.

In this instance, I couldn’t care less.

Listen to that crowd! They are (still) so pissed the SuperSonics are no longer in Seattle, so pissed that Elias brought it up how he did, they sustain those boos for what feels like forever. You could hardly hear Elias or Kevin Owens for the rest of the segment. It was fantastic.

Would you prefer, say, Roman Reigns the night after WrestleMania 33 level heat? Absolutely. That crowd hated the man, not the line, but, again, in the pro wrestling world we live in today, I’m prepared to accept any heat provided it gives us reactions like this. This level of passion is rare, and whatever wrestlers can do to bring it about — within reason — I fully endorse.

More, please.

At damn near any cost.

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