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 SummerSlam 2019 and its immediate fallout, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Ricochet
The SummerSlam match between AJ Styles and Ricochet presented a tough booking decision for WWE. It’s important for Styles to be established as the top heel on Raw, and losing against Ricochet despite the numbers advantage would not be a good look for the Phenomenal One. On the other hand, a loss for Ricochet would introduce some uncertainty as to whether or not he is truly an upper card guy. The latter scenario is how it played out, and what could have been a huge night for Ricochet instead was a reminder to the audience that he has a long way to go before he’ll be a top guy in WWE.
Stock Down #2: Kabuki Warriors
The Kabuki Warriors (with Paige) have always seemed like a team that was awkwardly forced together. When they first debuted as a team, Paige introduced them as the next tag team champions. Unfortunately for them, things have not panned out that way. Asuka and Sane failed yet again to win the titles when they were defeated by Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross on Raw this week (Aug. 12). Considering the main reason Asuka and Sane exist as a team was to win the tag titles, and it looks like that won’t happen any time soon, it feels like both superstars will continue to do nothing of significance in WWE for a while.
Stock Down #1: Ember Moon
Ember Moon had a couple rough weeks of booking heading into her championship match at SummerSlam. She topped it off by decisively failing to win the gold from Bayley, and then lost a standard match against Charlotte Flair on this week’s (Aug. 13) episode of SmackDown. It sure looks like Moon was a one-and-done championship contender, and her brief time in the spotlight is likely over.
Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Charlotte Flair
Charlotte Flair forced WWE Hall of Fame superstar Trish Stratus to tap out at SummerSlam, and then defeated Ember Moon on SmackDown. These big wins probably put Charlotte in position to challenge for Bayley’s SmackDown women’s championship. And what do you know, Clash of Champions takes place on Sept. 15 from Charlotte’s hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Stock Up #2: Bray Wyatt
It’s no secret that Bray Wyatt’s “Firefly Funhouse” segments have been a hit over the last few months, but it could have all meant nothing if his new gimmick didn’t successfully translate into the ring. Any concerns on that front were put to rest at SummerSlam, where the unique entrance of The Fiend was among the top talking points of the night. The Fiend destroyed Finn Balor with ease, and WWE is wisely choosing not to overexpose Wyatt’s new persona.
Stock Up #1: Sasha Banks
The Boss returned to WWE and made an immediate impact by brutalizing Natalya and then taking out Raw women’s champion Becky Lynch with a barrage of chair shots. Banks can quickly become one of the top stars in WWE if they play this one right. At the very least, Sasha is a worthy opponent to headline pay-per-view events opposite Becky Lynch, and they should get that spot at Clash of Champions over Rollins versus Strowman or Kingston versus Orton.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?