Some places do power rankings. Here at Cageside, we do a stock report.
In this weekly series, we identify three Superstars (or teams of Superstars) who are on their way up, and three that are moving in the opposite direction. After a week that featured SmackDown 1000, the announcement of a Battle Royal at Evolution, and Ronda Rousey verbally sparring with the Bella Twins, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Jinder Mahal
One year ago, Jinder Mahal was WWE Champion. With yet another loss to Finn Balor on Raw, his position on the card has been almost completely reset to his days as an irrelevant jobber.
Stock Down #2: Dogs of War
Braun Strowman’s alliance with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre appeared to completely disintegrate on Raw when they lost against The Shield in the main event and then turned on each other.
Stock Down #1: Trish Stratus & Lita
This week’s promo segment on Raw with Trish and Lita was a huge letdown, including their bizarre attempt at parodying Allen Iverson’s infamous “Practice!” interview. Unlike Ronda Rousey and Nikki Bella, whose emotionally charged promo segment greatly enhanced the interest level in their match at Evolution, the tag match involving Trish and Lita has been severely diminished and feels rather pointless.
Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Rey Mysterio
Mysterio returned to WWE with a clean win over the US Champ, Shinsuke Nakamura. Mysterio already looks like the best wrestler representing SmackDown in the World Cup tournament at Crown Jewel.
Stock Up #2: Batista
The Animal was back in a WWE ring for the first time in over 4 years, as part of an Evolution reunion on SmackDown 1000. Batista cut a fascinating promo that ended by teasing a future match with Triple H.
Stock Up #1: Becky Lynch
Edge tried to warn Becky Lynch that she’s going down a dangerous path and won’t like the person she’s become. Becky coldly dismissed Edge’s advice, declared she loves the person she’s become, and then mocked his career-ending neck injury. The Irish Lasskicker’s confidence as champ has never been higher.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?