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WWE Stock Report: Believe it or not, Shane McMahon is the top heel in WWE

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 participants in both Money in the Bank ladder matches being revealed, Alexa Bliss having trouble with her shoes, and a contract signing between AJ Styles and Seth Rollins, a lot of fortunes were changed.

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

Stock Down #3: The Hardy Boyz

Due to Jeff Hardy’s injury, the Hardy Boyz had to vacate the SmackDown tag team titles without ever defending them. This news brings their latest team run to a halt, and the prospects of Matt Hardy receiving a singles push don’t look promising. The remnants of the SmackDown tag team scene don’t look too hot either.

Stock Down #2: The Miz

The Miz lost to Shane McMahon at WrestleMania, was pinned by Baron Corbin on the April 22 episode of Raw, and then was defeated this week (Apr. 29) on Raw by Bobby Lashley. The worst part of all this for the A-Lister is that he was choked out by one of McMahon’s laughably bad MMA holds after his latest loss. Considering that McMahon is in a more important feud on SmackDown with Roman Reigns, it should not be assumed that Miz will get his win back on Shane in their upcoming steel cage match at Money in the Bank.

Stock Down #1: The Revival

The Revival was buried this week with a humiliating back-shaving angle as well as another loss to Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins. It’s like WWE is using these guys to send a strong message to the rest of the locker room about how poorly they will be treated if they ask for their release or turn down a contract extension.

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

Stock Up #3: Lars Sullivan

Lars Sullivan is in the midst of a Strowman-like push where he is plowing through everybody in his path right now, including some prominent names like Kurt Angle and Rey Mysterio. Like always, it’s good to be a big man in Vince McMahon’s fantasy world.

Stock Up #2: Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns overcame the odds on SmackDown this week (Apr. 30) when he defeated the B-Team in a handicap match despite interference from Elias. This is how top babyfaces are booked, and there’s no doubt that Roman Reigns is a top babyface on the blue brand.

Stock Up #1: Shane McMahon

Shane McMahon is involved in feuds on both Raw and SmackDown, including playing the foil for the top male star in the company, Roman Reigns. Looking at the landscape of heels in WWE, a compelling argument can be made that Shane is actually the top heel in the company right now.

The Universal title on Raw is being contested between two babyfaces, partially because fans don’t buy heels like Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley as main eventers. Lacey Evans is challenging for the Raw Women’s championship, but she is clearly not a top heel yet. And while Kevin Owens is a freshly turned heel challenging for the WWE Championship on SmackDown Live, he has only been a heel for a couple weeks. His lackluster booking from last summer suggests that he might not have staying power in a top spot.

Meanwhile, Shane McMahon has wrestled on every single pay-per-view this year and is always treated like a big deal. With Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar off television since WrestleMania 35, Shane McMahon is right there with Charlotte Flair as the top heels in WWE.

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

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