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 Super ShowDown, Becky Lynch getting her hands on Shayna Baszler, and the return of John Cena, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: The Miz & John Morrison
Miz and Morrison won the SmackDown tag titles from the New Day at Super ShowDown. They will now be heavily showcased in the freshly announced tag team championship Elimination Chamber match at the upcoming pay-per-view of the same name on Mar. 8.
Stock Up #2: Aleister Black
Aleister stumbled around like he was drunk after being attacked by The O.C. on this week’s (Feb. 24) Raw, but somehow still found a way to defeat Rowan. Black now has a match lined up with AJ Styles, which is his highest profile fight since he was called up to the main roster over a year ago.
Stock Up #1: Goldberg & Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns is a very wise man. He clearly realized how easy it is to get a Universal championship match, so he decided to keep that pattern going by simply declaring that he was next in line for a title shot. In doing so, he also managed to snag himself a main event spot at WrestleMania. After dealing with all of that Baron Corbin nonsense for the last five months, this is a huge step up for the Big Dog.
As for Goldberg, he has one of the best gigs in pro wrestling. Coming back every now and then to dominate the full-time roster members, and even take their titles and WrestleMania spots, is a pretty sweet position to hold.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: AJ Styles
I could easily fill out this week’s Stock Down side with at least eight separate entries, so it takes a special kind of booking futility to qualify for the top three spots. Getting squashed by a single chokeslam in a matter of seconds, where your opponent doesn’t even need to remove his hat or jacket to defeat you, is one such way to make the cut. Any potential hype for a WrestleMania match between Undertaker and AJ Styles was pretty much killed at Super ShowDown, so now WWE will have to work extra hard to pull this one off.
Stock Down #2: Ricochet
Poor Ricochet. The guy was made to look like the jobbiest of jobbers at Super ShowDown, where he was squashed with zero offense. Brock Lesnar treated him like he was no different than names like Curtis Axel, the Singh brothers, or No Way Jose. It makes it so much worse when the babyface confidently talks a big game about shocking the world, and how this is the most important match of his career, only to show that he is a total fraud as a championship contender.
If this is how Ricochet was always going to be booked in this match, then WWE should have found a different opponent for Lesnar. Ricochet can be a big time star in pro wrestling, but with booking like this, he’ll probably have to leave WWE for that to come to fruition. It doesn’t get much worse than what happened to Ricochet this week.
Stock Down #1: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
Ah, but it does get worse. The Fiend was completely ruined in less than 48 hours. First, he was utterly annihilated by Bill Goldberg at Super ShowDown, losing both the Universal championship as well as a main event spot at WrestleMania. Goldberg had his way with this supposed monster, easily landing five finishing moves in a matter of minutes. It was a massacre, with Wyatt’s only offense coming in the form of sticking his fingers in Goldberg’s mouth a couple of times. Losing the title isn’t the end of the world for The Fiend, but he needed to deliver much more pain and suffering to Goldberg in this match. That he both lost the title and didn’t get much in on Goldberg (and completely disappeared afterwards) was close to the worst case scenario for a guy who is trying to make it at the main event level.
The next night (Feb. 28) wasn’t much better for The Fiend, as he responded to this loss by...pointing at the WrestleMania sign. Yep, the big scary monster is now pointing at the WrestleMania sign to set up his matches. Who booked this crap?
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?