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WWE Stock Report: The women’s tag titles are worthless

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 Usos hosting a Memorial Day cookout, Sami Zayn namedropping AEW on Raw, and Heavy Machinery issuing a challenge to the planet’s tag team champions, a lot of fortunes were changed.

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

Stock Up #3: R-Truth

R-Truth continues to dominate the 24/7 title scene, and this time also got himself involved in a top storyline between Roman Reigns and Shane McMahon. Truth briefly lost his title to Elias on SmackDown before the Big Dog helped Truth reclaim his gold at the end of the night.

Stock Up #2: Bayley

Bayley appeared to be outnumbered this week (May 28) on SmackDown. She had to wrestle against Lacey Evans while also potentially facing interference from Charlotte Flair, who was sitting at the commentary desk. Yet Bayley did what top champs do; she overcame the odds by nailing Flair with a forearm and then finishing off Evans with a bridging pin.

Stock Up #1: Baron Corbin

Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley are dummies who brawled their way out of a high stakes fatal 4-way match, leaving Baron Corbin there to take advantage of his good fortune and put Miz away for the win. That means Corbin’s long-rumored shot at Seth Rollins and the Universal championship is finally upon us, and it will take place on June 7 at Super ShowDown, in Saudi Arabia.

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

Stock Down #3: Viking Raiders

The Wild Card rule means that top stars (like Kofi Kingston and Roman Reigns) are now featured on both Raw and SmackDown. That means there is less television time available for lower card stars. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Viking Experience Raiders have not wrestled on Raw since the May 6 episode, which is when the Wild Card rule was put in place. Erik and Ivar have not lost a match on the main roster, but being absent from television for this long doesn’t bode well for their future push. The Raw tag titles are held by jobbers, so the Viking Raiders might have a better chance of getting on Raw by chasing the 24/7 title instead of going after Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins.

Stock Down #2: The Miz

The Miz continued his losing ways this week (May 27) on Raw, this time taking the pin so that Baron Corbin can challenge for the Universal championship at Super ShowDown. It seems clear that Miz has a mid-card ceiling as babyface act, and he’ll very likely need to turn heel to be positioned any higher than this.

Stock Down #1: The IIconics

Why did WWE bother putting the Women’s tag team titles on the IIconics at WrestleMania 35 if they were going to be booked to lose nearly every match since then? Billie Kay and Peyton Royce lost yet again this week on Raw, this time to put over the makeshift team of Becky Lynch and Nikki Cross. As far as I can tell, the IIconics have not won a match on Raw or SmackDown since they beat local talent on the April 9 episode of SmackDown.

Here is their full match listing on Raw and SmackDown since then:

  • April 15: Bayley & Naomi defeat The IIconics
  • April 16: Asuka, Sane, Bayley, Moon defeat Rose, Deville, The IIconics
  • April 22: Naomi defeats Billie Kay
  • April 23: Kairi Sane defeats Peyton Royce
  • May 20: Lynch, Cross, Bliss defeat Evans & The IIconics
  • May 27: Lynch & Cross defeat The IIconics

Considering that the IIconics rarely ever win, it seems like a huge waste of Asuka to have her ditch the singles scene in order to chase these worthless tag titles. It’s almost like Sasha Banks saw this coming.

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

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