Show Name: Cheap Heat
Episode Title: Stat Guy’s Presser
Release Date: 6/7/2017
Recap by: Jason Young
- SGG does feel that post-2002 Shawn Michaels is an absolute legend, but pre-1998 Shawn Michaels didn’t accomplish much.
- Rosenberg recently hosted another episode of Bring it to the Table which will air after RAW on the WWE Network this Monday.
- Rosenberg agreed with fans that Extreme Rules was not very extreme and there was no blood or violence like there used to be at this show.
- Rosenberg feels that Reigns is the top guy and needs to keep winning matches. It happened with Hogan, Bret, Shawn, and Austin and now it’s happening with Roman.
- Rosenberg will be on the kickoff show panel at Great Balls of Fire.
- SGG feels that the groups of male anti-Roman fans are hypocrites as they cheered for Lana when she came out just because she was attractive.
- SGG was underwhelmed by the A.J. Styles vs. Dolph Ziggler match on Smackdown this week. He wanted to see more and felt that maybe they were saving it for a bigger stage.
- Rosenberg will be a guest on The Masked Man show with David Shoemaker this week.
Subjects Covered (with timestamps):
0:10 – SGG’s press conference clarifying his comments from last week about Seth and Shawn
6:48 – The week in WWE and Extreme Rules review
25:22 – Fatal 5-way discussion from Extreme Rules
34:38 – SummerSlam card predictions
36:31 – Smackdown review
This week the show kicks off with a fake press conference making light of SGG’s comments from last week about Shawn Michaels and how the career of Seth Rollins would blow away the career of Michaels. SGG clarifies his comments slightly, still saying that Shawn Michaels is over-rated, and is outside of his all-time top 10 wrestlers, but he is a WWE legend. He does feel that post-2002 Shawn Michaels is an absolute legend, but pre-1998 Shawn Michaels isn’t that great. Rosenberg mentions the Ironman match and the ladder match with Razor Ramon and questions SGG’s sanity again. SGG feels that in the short time Seth Rollins has been in WWE he has made a great impact and in the same short time Shawn Michaels was in WWE he didn’t make that big of an impact. As of right now, Seth Rollins doesn’t belong in the conversation of Shawn Michaels, but in 20 years he may be in the conversation of all-time greats. He ends the press conference apologizing to the fans, Shawn Michaels and the rest of the clique.
After some brief talk about Rosenberg’s weekend in Los Angeles, the guys move into talk of what happened in WWE this week and they recap Extreme Rules. Rosenberg wonders what is going on with Sasha Banks. He wonders why she is working with Rich Swann and hopes it’s only a quick thing and they will move her back to the women’s division. SGG agrees that Sasha is not in good standing and compares it to the situation with Zack Ryder when he was paired with Eve Torres. They pivot to talking about the Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss match from Extreme Rules and Rosenberg wonders why Alexa had such a decisive win over Bayley. He feels that Bayley still isn’t quite there in the ring and SGG also worries about her because they haven’t been able to tell her story right on Monday Night Raw.
Rosenberg feels that now might be the right time to have Sasha turn on Bayley to get her away from the title picture. Rosenberg also enjoyed the story that Neville and Austin Aries told in the ring and he wondered why anybody had anything negative to say about the match. He gave the entire Extreme Rules show a strong review and SGG agreed. Rosenberg agreed with some fans of the show that Extreme Rules was not very extreme. There was no blood or violence like there used to be at this event. Rosenberg enjoyed the finish of the Ambrose vs. Miz match, but he didn’t like how on Monday they were still feuding with each other. He feels like they need to move away from one another to different opponents. SGG thinks that the sky is the limit for Miz as the Intercontinental Champion.
Next up, the guys break down the fatal 5-way match for the #1 contender for the Universal Championship. Rosenberg gives SGG some grief that his boy Roman Reigns didn’t win. SGG felt that all the chaos in the match was incredible and all the moves were very crisp. He appreciated the selling by Seth Rollins and really thought he hurt his knee. His only gripe with the match was that the referee didn’t raise Finn’s arm three times during the submission from Samoa Joe like they used to do. He thinks they want to make it look more realistic like in MMA and that’s why they don’t do it anymore. SGG is really excited about Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar at the next pay-per-view and he thinks they match up very well together. SGG thinks that Samoa Joe should not just be fed to Brock. Rosenberg thinks he is being controversial and feels that it makes sense to keep Roman strong and have him keep winning matches. You need to have a top guy and Roman is that guy. If you’re that guy, there are certain things that are going to happen. It happened with Hogan, Bret, Shawn, and Austin and now it’s happening with Roman.
The guys segue into discussing what matches may occur at SummerSlam this year. Rosenberg wonders if Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar could extend to SummerSlam or if they could potentially have a triple threat adding Roman Reigns, as he thinks that Reigns has to be in the main event on the show. SGG feels that there are a lot of moving parts and one big missing part being Braun Stroman. Rumors are that Stroman could be back for SummerSlam and they wonder if he will face Reigns or Brock at SummerSlam.
The guys next talk about Smackdown from this week. SGG loves the new women’s Money in the Bank briefcase and he was glad that it wasn’t pink. Also, SGG feels that the groups of male anti-Roman fans are hypocrites as they cheered for Lana when she came out just because she was attractive. Rosenberg wonders how good she is in the ring, but SGG thinks it’s telling that we haven’t seen her yet. Rosenberg feels that in her debut match it can only be her jobbing completely to Naomi or stealing a win for the title.
SGG was underwhelmed by the A.J. Styles vs. Dolph Ziggler match. He wanted to see more and felt that maybe they were saving it for a bigger stage. Rosenberg is wondering where they are going with A.J. next? SGG said he wants to see Styles vs. Nakamura at WrestleMania and Rosenberg agrees that is what everybody wants. Rosenberg wonders if John Cena will return on July 4th and challenge Jinder for the title. Rosenberg thinks Cena will say that he loves India and Jinder doesn’t really represent India. SGG said that he doesn’t mind the foreign menace story line, but he doesn’t think Jinder is saying anything all that menacing. Rosenberg feels that it’s the way he is saying his promos and he even referenced Gandhi to try and get heat. SGG thinks that Jinder will hold onto the title for a while and feels he is getting better every week.
The guys wrap up the show briefly discussing the situation with Big Cass and Enzo. SGG thinks that it still might be Big Cass turning on Enzo but enjoys that there is mystery to it. Rosenberg agrees and is excited to see where the story goes.
This week was a bit of a letdown after last week’s extremely hot show. It seemed like they guys were on a tight schedule and just wanted to crank out a quick episode. There were some high points and good insight, but overall, they took a step back this week.
About the Author:
Jason Young is a lifelong WWE fan since his dad introduced him to the product in the mid-’80s. He grew up outside of Boston and now lives in Norfolk, MA. Throughout his WWE fandom, he was a huge fan of Austin in the Attitude Era and his current favorites include Kevin Owens, Sasha Banks and Finn Balor. He’s been a listener of the PWTorch Livecast since 2014.