Cheap Popcast # 70 – Fastlane Moves, NXT Heel Turns, Sunny’s Porn, & Underrated Tag Partners

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Dave and Hank discuss this week’s middling Raw, how NXT’s subtle heel turns are progressing, the insanity of Lucha Underground second season 2 episode, Sunny’s new movie, Bret’s sad diagnosis, and forgotten tag partners we wish had seen more success.

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What “in the shadow” tag partner do you wish had the success of their more popular partner?

11 thoughts on “Cheap Popcast # 70 – Fastlane Moves, NXT Heel Turns, Sunny’s Porn, & Underrated Tag Partners

  1. QOTW: Chris Hero from the Kings of Wrestling for sure. While you could argue that his amazing indie work over the past couple years has been better than Cesaro being under appreciated in WWE, Cesaro managed to get to the main roster and he didn’t, which is a real shame.
    Hero’s an amazing wrestler who’s a great technician, brawler, and athlete. He also has an amazing mind for putting matches together. He’s had so many great matches since WWE let him go with guys like Timothy Thatcher, Tommy End, and Mike Bailey, and I’d have loved to have seen what he could have done with all the new talent coming in to NXT and the main roster.

  2. Lance Storm is someone who has been a part of multiple tag teams and did not get many accolades for his work as the others, he was always very sound and good in the ring, he just got the “boring” chants in WWE and got to be Canadian in WCW.

    Also I definitely agree with Henry that Farooq deserved better than only being remember as the “DAMN” guy.

  3. QOTW: This is a hard one as I feel a lot of “left behind” tag team partners are the lesser of the two. But, If I had to pick someone I would say Brian Pillman of the Hollywood Blondes, yes the tag team with Stone Cold Steve Austin in it. watch his in ring work from the early 90’s he’s ahead of his time, and his promos in the mid to late 90’s no matter the promotion you need to play that stuff on the podcast it makes for fantastic audio. If he didn’t get into a car accident that limited his wrestling ability or develop life ending drug problems I really think he could have excelled as a main event level talent in the Attitude era

  4. Sunny going into pornography is not a good thing and it isn’t something to be applauded for the “You go girl!” mentalities. It’s a clear sign of the destructive nature of her lifestyle. She was trying to sell her Hall of Fame ring, she’s not doing well and she clearly needs help.

    QOTW: I don’t know how much you can consider him a success, but Charlie Haas, after his time in the World’s Greatest Tag Team, ran with Rico Constantino for awhile and was always pushed as the more serious competitor of the two. Rico was an amazingly talented performer who turned a ridiculous gimmick into something very entertaining and while I don’t know if it is really possible to make him into anything more than that I do wish he just got more attention.

  5. For the question of the week, I would have to go to the Brainbusters, and honestly pick either man at different eras. Allow me to explain:

    In the mid to late 80’s Arn Anderson was stuck with either tagging with Ole or Tully, however when it came to the mic (and ring work to be honest), Arn was easily the best of the Horseman outside of Ric Flair. However it was Tully, who was himself pretty good, that got the TV championship push, and then US title push (albeit, he was technically US champ before joining the Horseman, but that’s beside the point). To say that Arn Anderson is criminally underrated as a work is in fact an understatement, and if you watch his matches, you can actually see how a spinebuster SHOULD ACTUALLY BE DONE LIKE.

    Conversely, after arriving in the WWE, Tully Blanchard was the one that was completely overlooked, which is insane. While not as great on the mic as Arn, Tully was really damn good. It’s insane that his career was basically derailed because of his addiction to Cocaine, especially when we look at how much wrestling was basically the Wild Wild West, even in the 90’s (with people being addicted to Somas and other illicit drugs and activities). However, most of early Steve Austin’s moveset was stolen wholesale from Blanchard, including the Stun-Gun, which was just the rebound suplex Blanchard had done for years.

    As a bonus pick (and I know this is going long), I would say my actual LEGIT SHOOT COUSIN, Ice Train. If only because I would love to say, “my cousin was world champ”

  6. Dave,
    Thanks for all your hard work on all these podcasts. Cheap Popcast alone has gotten me into wrestling and it’s because it’s one of the most enjoyable podcasts out there. I don’t have an answer to the QOTW but I was wondering if you might consider having a short segment on the occasion similar to Henry’s superhero spotlight, a Wrestler’s or Kayfabe Corner if you will. Regardless of the title, with new people in the WWE who have a long previous history, like AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, it would be great to hear some of the highlights of their previous career or notable trivia. Also sometimes the storylines elude me. For instance I would love a Kayfabe history of Vince McMahon’s character, so I could try and understand what exactly this character wants and who the hell runs Raw and who runs Smackdown, or why he doesn’t like Roman Reigns but constantly gives him title shots!!?? Anyways, regardless, great work on all your shows.

  7. Dave,
    Thanks for all your hard work on all these podcasts. Cheap Popcast alone has gotten me into wrestling and it’s because it’s one of the most enjoyable podcasts out there. I don’t have an answer to the QOTW but I was wondering if you might consider having a short segment on the occasion similar to Henry’s superhero spotlight, a Wrestler’s or Kayfabe Corner if you will. Regardless of the title, with new people in the WWE who have a long previous history, like AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, it would be great to hear some of the highlights of their previous career or notable trivia. Also sometimes the storylines elude me. For instance I would love a Kayfabe history of Vince McMahon’s character, so I could try and understand what exactly this character wants and who the hell runs Raw and who runs Smackdown, or why he doesn’t like Roman Reigns but constantly gives him title shots!!?? Anyways, regardless, great work on all your shows and sorry to ramble on.

  8. QOTW: I’d go with the other half o Harlem Heat: Stevie Ray. Booker T was definitely the more talented one of the duo. But Stevie Ray was a damn good performer and was just never used very well when it came to his singles career.

  9. It was pretty much his own fault with Drug Addiction and that horrific face injury but I wish Joey Mercury had some form of singles success in WWE. MNM was a bad gimmick but he and Morrison are terrific performers. Though Morrison had more singles success, Mercury is either a backstage guy or part of some form of heel faction like Straight Edge Society or Rollins’ bodyguard in The Authority.

  10. QOTW: Does Art Barr count? If not then John Morrison from Miz N Morrison. While he has found success in Lucha Underground, where he is great, I would have loved to see him get the same kind of push Miz got in 2010 and 2011.

  11. This might be cheating, but Luke Harper deserved better after the Wyatt family break-up. He is probably the best working big man they have and instead of making him their new monster and phasing out Kane, he just floundered with an afterthought IC title reign. until they put back with Wyatt.

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