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 Randy Orton punting Ric Flair, Dominik Mysterio being shredded with kendo sticks, and the return of Kalisto, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Dabba-Kato
It’s very early, but Dabba-Kato is one of the most heavily featured acts on Shane McMahon’s Raw Underground. His new finishing move involves grabbing the opponent’s genitals before administering a knockout punch. It provides a memorable visual, to say the least.
Stock Up #2: Alexa Bliss
Alexa’s inclusion in the Universal championship storyline between The Fiend and Braun Strowman has set her up to play a significant role in a top match at SummerSlam 2020.
Stock Up #1: Asuka
Asuka won matches on both Raw and SmackDown this week in order to earn separate championship matches at SummerSlam 2020 against Sasha Banks and Bayley, respectively. Asuka now has a chance to get sweet revenge on the Golden Role Models and walk out of SummerSlam as a double champion.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Nia Jax
Jax brawled with Shayna Baszler on the July 27 episode of Raw. She was suspended the following week after an awkward segment with Pat Buck. As a result, Nia was nowhere to be seen on this week’s (Aug. 10) episode. In contrast, Baszler kicked several asses on Raw Underground, and was the runner-up in a battle royal on SmackDown.
Stock Down #2: Humberto Carrillo
Do you remember last fall when it seemed like Carrillo had a non-zero chance of becoming the United States champion? That feels like a lifetime ago because Carrillo is clearly a jobber on Raw now.
Stock Down #1: The Miz & John Morrison
Miz and Morrison have not won a match since early May. They somehow earned a Universal championship match on pay-per-view in June despite this futility, but the last two months have established that these guys are here to take the losses for the wrestlers who are actually going to be pushed, such as Jeff Hardy, Braun Strowman, and Matt Riddle. Morrison’s loss to Big E this week (Aug. 14) was just the latest evidence of this pattern.
After John Morrison left WWE in 2011, he said he was going to increase his value by improving his promos. But his booking since he returned to WWE earlier this year suggests that WWE sees him as the same exact guy he was ten years ago.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?