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 Elimination Chamber 2019 and all of its fallout, as well as a new round of NXT call-ups, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Sasha Banks & Bayley
Sasha and Bayley made history by winning the women’s tag team championship inside an Elimination Chamber match. Considering that Charlotte Flair was the first Raw women’s champion and Becky Lynch was the first SmackDown women’s champion, it seems quite appropriate that Sasha and Bayley are the first team to hold these titles.
Stock Up #2: The Usos
The Usos survived Miz and Shane McMahon’s best moves at Elimination Chamber to prove that the latter duo is, in fact, not the best tag team in the world. Jimmy and Jey are now in prime position to enter their third consecutive WrestleMania event as tag team champions. The Usos get a slight edge over Sasha and Bayley because their win was more surprising.
Stock Up #1: Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston is the darling of the wrestling world right now. His epic showdown with Daniel Bryan at the end of the WWE championship Elimination Chamber match showed that he has what it takes to be a main event star on PPV. And he may very well get a chance to wrestle in the main event of Fastlane 2019 now that he’s earned one more shot at Bryan’s wood.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar, and Paul Heyman
Seth’s promos right now don’t have much fire in them and aren’t very convincing. Paul Heyman’s narration over video packages of Lesnar’s career path aren’t all that interesting. Brock isn’t around (of course) and Seth isn’t cleared to wrestle, so this entire feud right now is about as cold as it gets for a potential WrestleMania main event match.
Stock Down #2: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush
Lashley and Rush lost a handicap championship match against Finn Balor at Elimination Chamber despite having the numbers advantage. Lashley attacked Rush in the aftermath, yet 24 hours later they were tagging together on Raw (with no explanation) and losing to the makeshift team of Balor and Ricochet. With no championship around his waist and a slew of new babyface NXT call-ups, this might be the end of Lashley’s push for a while.
Stock Down #1: Asuka
The SmackDown women’s champion disappeared for several weeks after the Royal Rumble, and then returned to television by immediately losing against Mandy Rose after a distraction and a roll-up. It seems likely that Asuka’s big win over Becky Lynch at Royal Rumble wasn’t about propping up Asuka, but instead was a booking necessity for giving Lynch a reason to join the Royal Rumble match.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?