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 busy week that featured Becky Lynch suffering a broken face, Brock Lesnar destroying Jinder Mahal and the Singh brothers, and both brands finalizing their teams for Survivor Series, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Finn Balor
Balor rebounded from a rough week by defeating Dolph Ziggler to earn a spot on the Raw men’s team at Survivor Series. Wins like this help keep Balor relevant in the upper card and ready for a bigger push, if WWE decides to ever go down that route.
Stock Up #2: Ruby Riott
Riott’s angle with destroying Natalya’s father’s sunglasses has given her an opportunity to show off her promo skills. The women’s division can sometimes struggle to develop feuds outside of the championship picture, so it’s refreshing to see Ruby get some of the spotlight here while also being chosen for the Raw women’s team at Survivor Series.
Stock Up #1: Daniel Bryan
WWE’s most beloved babyface of the last 5 years has turned heel and won the WWE Championship. Bryan used an intentional low blow to vault his way into the top spot on SmackDown Live, while also earning a dream match at Survivor Series against Brock Lesnar.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Andrade “Cien” Almas
For a while I’ve been spinning all of Almas’ defeats on SmackDown as the promising superstar looking impressive in defeat against the top names of the brand. But Jeff Hardy has not been a protected top star on Tuesday nights, and Almas’ loss to him warrants strong concern over his positioning on SmackDown going forward. Almas has come up on the losing side in seven of the eight televised matches (including Mixed Match Challenge) that he has participated in since SummerSlam. This guy desperately needs to start winning some matches ASAP, otherwise the fans will be trained to see him as a lower card nobody.
Stock Down #2: Raw’s entire tag team division
Raw’s tag team division looks like a complete joke right now. Braun Strowman has buried the tag division twice in one year, after interrupting a tag battle royal and making them all look like jobbers before taking the show hostage. It’s not a good sign at all when the Raw tag team division’s elimination match at Survivor Series is demoted to the pre-show instead of the cruiserweights.
Stock Down #1: AJ Styles
Styles’ lengthy reign as WWE Champion abruptly ended on the go-home episode of SmackDown, and the Phenomenal One now finds himself without a match on the Survivor Series card. AJ Styles is playing the role of 2017 Jinder Mahal in terms of dropping the title in surprise fashion right before Survivor Series. Was this done simply to avoid having Styles lose in consecutive years to Brock Lesnar?
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?