One easy measurement of how well a sports entertainer
is doing his job is to watch and listen to the crowd's reaction to his words and actions. A good babyface
generates face pop
, while a good heel generates heel heat
. A bad wrestler generates either no reaction or 'get out of the arena' heat
With such an obvious guide to the success or failure of their attempts at getting over
with the crowd, it's no surprise that many face
wrestlers fall back on the cheap pop
to get the crowd working.
But what is a cheap pop? Answer: If we are in Madison Square Garden
- any of the following:
"Punk, i'm going to hit you harder than a Mike Piazza home-run!" *crowd pops*
"How dare you come HERE...into the home of wrestling...into MADISON SQUARE GARDEN..." *crowd explodes* "...and threaten me!"
"So tonight, right here in the home of the NBA Champion New York Knicks.."
(I can dream, can't I?) *crowd collectively orgasms*
Of course, wrestling fans are also a tremendously loyal bunch when it comes to their favoured promotion
, so this will also get a huge (but cheap) pop:
"It seems that everybody forgot about the tribe of Extreme...it seems that everybody forgot about E...C...W!" *crowd (well, me) pops unbelievably*
is the king of the cheap pop, and acknowledges it. Mick's trademark cheap pop always (and The Rock
means ALWAYS) goes like this:
"And so, I have decided that RIGHT HERE IN TACOMA, WASHINGTON..." *crowd dies from sheer joy/Mick grins and sticks thumbs up* "...you WILL defend that WWF Championship belt!"
version of cheap pop is cheap heat