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 2020, Keith Lee being called up to Raw, and Sami Zayn returning to SmackDown, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Braun Strowman
Strowman’s reign as Universal champion came to an end at SummerSlam. He’s still in a good spot, but he’s hardly living up to his claim that he’s “the most evil son of a bitch” that anyone has ever laid eyes on. Hell, he’s only the third most evil wrestler in his own storyline, and appears to be the obvious guy to take the pin in an upcoming triple threat match against Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt at Payback 2020.
Stock Down #2: Viking Raiders
Following up on Erik being put to sleep by Dolph Ziggler on the previous episode of Raw Underground, this week (Aug. 24) both Erik and Ivar got their asses handed to them (by The Hurt Business) in Shane McMahon’s underground fight club.
Stock Down #1: Drew Gulak and Shorty G
I’m throwing these two together into one entry because they were each presented as jobbers during separate matches last night (Aug. 28) on SmackDown. It’s worse for Gulak because he was completely steamrolled in his match, even though it’s not too long ago that he was pinning AJ Styles and contending for the Intercontinental championship.
Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Asuka
Asuka regained the Raw women’s championship at SummerSlam when she defeated Sasha Banks. The Empress of Tomorrow then brought that feud to an end when she tapped Banks out again the next night on Raw. Asuka is the clear top babyface in the WWE women’s division.
Stock Up #2: Street Profits
Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford retained the Raw tag team titles at SummerSlam against Andrade and Angel Garza. Ford then defeated Garza in a singles match on Raw the next night. The Street Profits are already the longest reigning Raw tag champs in years, and there doesn’t appear to be much remaining competition that poses a threat.
Montez Ford especially looks like a breakout star; his frog splash finishing move is one of the coolest things in WWE right now.
Stock Up #1: Roman Reigns & Paul Heyman
Roman Reigns delivered on the “You’ll never see it coming!” tagline by returning to WWE at SummerSlam. He aligned himself with Paul Heyman by the end of the week, and already has a chance to become the Universal champion tomorrow night (Aug. 30) at Payback 2020.
Reigns and Becky Lynch are arguably the two biggest stars in WWE, and both have been missing from television for months. The top of the card desperately needed Roman back. He appears to have embraced a new attitude, as well as a mysterious relationship with Paul Heyman, which immediately makes him the most intriguing wrestler in the promotion. Is Roman Reigns finally a heel?
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?