Some places do power rankings. Here at Cageside, we do a stock report.
In this weekly series, we identify three Superstars (or groups of Superstars) who are on their way up, and three that are moving in the opposite direction. After a busy week that included TLC 2018 and an increased presence for the McMahon family on both Raw and SmackDown, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Natalya
Natalya not only took out every single member of the Riott Squad at TLC in a tables match, but she then defeated three superstars in the main event of Raw to win a gauntlet match and earn a championship match against Ronda Rousey.
Stock Up #2: Asuka
Asuka defeated The Man and The Queen in a TLC match for the SmackDown women’s championship. This outcome might normally be good enough for the top spot here, but the story at the end of the TLC match was more about Ronda Rousey than Asuka. Regardless, the Asuka of old has returned, and that terrible summer feud with Carmella is thankfully a distant memory.
Stock Up #1: Mustafa Ali
Ali is now a member of the SmackDown brand, and he made an immediate splash this week when he pinned WWE Champion Daniel Bryan. With this one major victory, Ali has already vaulted his way out of the situation I like to call “Andrade Almas Purgatory,” where a promising superstar consistently looks good in his matches but usually comes up short.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre entered the month of December without ever being pinned on WWE’s main roster in 2018. That dominant run quickly fizzled out these last few weeks, and Drew has now been pinned by both Dolph Ziggler and Finn Balor. The more time Drew spends being on the same level as Dolph Ziggler, the less credible of an opponent he is for the likes of Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar.
Stock Down #2: Baron Corbin
Baron Corbin was humiliated and physically destroyed by a group of superstars at both TLC and Raw the following night. Corbin no longer has any authority on Monday nights, and the McMahon family has made him the face of all of Raw’s struggles over the last month.
Stock Down #1: Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
The match at TLC between Ambrose and Rollins completely bombed in front of the live audience, to the point where Seth even made a reference to that disaster in a promo 24 hours later. Not only are there rumors that Vince McMahon was furious with how that match played out, but there are also rumors that The Architect might no longer be in line to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 35. Oh boy, this feud between Ambrose and Rollins desperately needs to turn it around ASAP.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?