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 Apollo Crews being removed from Money in the Bank, a contract signing between Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins, and more Money in the Bank qualifying matches, 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 Usos
It feels like every team on SmackDown is picking up some wins these days except for the Usos. The Lucha House Party defeated the former tag champs last week, and the Forgotten Sons defeated the current tag champs this week.
The Usos haven’t beaten anybody. Their last three tag title matches have resulted in Jimmy & Jey losing at Elimination Chamber, Jimmy losing at WrestleMania 36, and Jey losing on SmackDown.
The Usos haven’t won a televised match since February. Their absence from SmackDown this week (May 1) suggests that the Usos are moving towards the back of the line. And that became reality when they were left out of the Fatal 4-way tag title match that was just announced for Money in the Bank.
Stock Down #2: Tucker
Tucker has admirably played his role throughout the storyline between Otis, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, and Dolph Ziggler, but now that Otis and Mandy are an item, he’s also become increasingly irrelevant to that story.
Otis is emerging as a singles wrestler, with big wins over Dolph Ziggler at WrestleMania 36, as well as this week on SmackDown to qualify for Money in the Bank. Meanwhile Tucker is becoming less visible on SmackDown, but the story is not suffering for it.
Stock Down #1: Ruby Riott
Ruby Riott’s current losing streak is probably the low point of her time in WWE. She failed to win at Elimination Chamber, failed to qualify for Money in the Bank, and she has been completely outclassed in the ring during multiple matches on Raw against her former ally, Liv Morgan.
Riott can’t win anything right now, and she doesn’t come off like the kind of star who used to be good enough to lead her own faction.
Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Ricochet & Cedric Alexander
It’s going to take a lot of work for Alexander and Ricochet to recover from the burials they’ve endured. The fact that they now have a team name, have a team finishing move, and are squashing local talent, suggests that there’s at least a glimmer of hope going forward for the talented duo.
Stock Up #2: Sonya Deville
Deville indirectly cost Mandy Rose a spot in the upcoming Money in the Bank corporate ladder match, and then she beat the hell out of her former best friend in the aftermath. Sonya continues to excel on the mic while pledging to ruin Mandy’s life.
It’s often difficult for women in WWE to find television time when they aren’t part of a championship story, but Deville is quickly turning her segments into the most compelling part of the show.
Stock Up#1: Jinder Mahal
Did you know that Jinder Mahal is a former WWE champion? WWE commentators (and even the ring announcer) repeatedly hit the audience over the head with that reminder this week (Apr. 27) on Raw when Mahal returned from injury with a squash victory over Akira Tozawa.
Mahal was WWE champion for roughly half of 2017, and it’s a period of time that many fans would like to forget. He was a jobber for years before that title reign, and he reverted back into a jobber by fall 2018.
The fact that he is back now and WWE wants you to remember that he is not a jobber, but is instead a former WWE champion, could indicate that he he’ll be in the WWE championship mix soon after Money in the Bank. He and Drew McIntyre have obvious history due to their time together in the jobber faction 3MB.
It sounds to me like a recipe for a whole lot of Jinder Mahal in our lives over the next couple of months.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?