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 which featured Hell in a Cell 2018, AJ Styles going one-on-one with Andrade Almas, and the return of Nia Jax, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Lio Rush & Bobby Lashley
Lio Rush has added some much-needed personality to Lashley’s presentation. One highlight of Raw this week (Sept. 17) was Lio’s evasive maneuvering to avoid Owens and Elias when they tried to pounce on him.
Stock Up #2: Drew McIntyre
McIntyre’s team was victorious in the best match of the night at Hell in a Cell, and then McIntyre also defeated Dean Ambrose on Raw. McIntyre has been well positioned to believably ascend to the main event scene whenever WWE flips that switch.
Stock Up #1: Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch beat Charlotte Flair clean for the SmackDown women’s championship at Hell in a Cell. She was given a coronation as the new queen of SmackDown and celebrated by beating the hell out of Charlotte once again.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Dana Brooke
Dana Brooke split off from Titus Worldwide because Apollo and Titus were a detriment to her success, but this week on Raw she started off her new solo journey by losing once again.
Stock Down #2: Braun Strowman
In an attempt to eliminate interference from the equation, Braun Strowman foolishly used his Money in the Bank contract to choose a match stipulation that has a history of overwhelming interference. His cash-in match was then given a special referee (Mick Foley) and interfered with by six different men (Ziggler, McIntyre, Ambrose, Rollins, Lesnar, Heyman). The end result is that Strowman’s misguided strategy blew up in his face and he completely wasted his Money in the Bank contract.
Stock Down #1: Rusev Day
Rusev Day failed to win the SmackDown tag team titles on the Hell in a Cell pre-show, and two nights later Rusev also came up short in a US Title match. After that loss, Rusev Day crumbled for good when Aiden English repeatedly attacked Rusev in the head with a microphone. It looks like Rusev Day is dead.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?