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WWE Stock Report: Lacey Evans’ push to superstardom is finally here

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 the Superstar Shake-up, Kevin Owens becoming an honorary member of the New Day, and the debut of The Viking Experience, a lot of fortunes were changed.

With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:

Stock Down #3: EC3

It didn’t take long for EC3 to be established as a nobody on the main roster. This week (Apr. 15) on Raw he served as Braun Strowman’s chew toy, and it’s a low card role that he should probably get used to, if he hasn’t already.

Stock Down #2: The IIconics

The IIconics were pinned on both Raw and SmackDown this week, demonstrating that their status as Women’s tag team champions really doesn’t have much value. Considering how frequently mid-card champions tend to lose on television in WWE, this is not a very surprising development. But that doesn’t change the conclusion that it’s poor booking for the champs to lose on consecutive nights.

Stock Down #1: Sanity, Riott Squad, Roode & Gable

All of these teams were quietly ripped apart in this week’s Superstar Shake-up. Considering that most of these decisions weren’t even important enough to be mentioned on TV, it feels like just about all of these superstars are in a worse position now than they were one week ago. Liv Morgan could have it especially hard trying to find traction as a singles wrestler on the loaded SmackDown women’s roster, which includes Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Bayley, Ember Moon, Carmella, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Kairi Sane, Mickie James, and Lana (as well as Becky Lynch and the IIconics, technically).

Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:

Stock Up #3: Andrade & Zelina Vega

Andrade moved over to Raw in the Superstar Shake-up and immediately defeated the reigning Intercontinental champion, Finn Balor. This was arguably the biggest main roster win of Andrade’s career thus far. The Raw roster desperately needed a fresh new heel who can help fill out the three hour show with better matches than Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley are capable of, so hopefully this will be the start of a significant push for Andrade and Zelina.

Stock Up #2: Lacey Evans

Lacey Evans was rumored to be in line for a “super big push,” and this week’s episode of Raw provided a major step in that direction. Evans defeated Natalya with a top rope moonsault, earning a future shot at Becky Lynch and the Raw women’s championship. Perhaps Dave Meltzer’s claim that WWE sees Lacey Evans as the Roman Reigns of the women’s division will come to fruition sooner than anybody could have expected.

Stock Up #1: Roman Reigns

SmackDown is now Roman Reigns’ yard. The Big Dog punched Mr. McMahon in the face during a segment that delivered “the biggest acquisition in SmackDown history.” With AJ Styles now a member of the Raw roster, it wouldn’t be surprising at all for Roman Reigns to take over Tuesday nights and quickly become WWE Champion.

There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?

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