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 Bayley attacking Sasha Banks again, a bizzare finish in Mickie James’ championship match against Asuka, and Braun Strowman kicking ass on Raw Underground, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Alexa Bliss
Some people were miffed when Alexa Bliss’ story with Bray Wyatt wasn’t connected to The Fiend’s match at Payback on Aug. 30. Since then, however, Bliss has adopted Wyatt’s Sister Abigail finishing move and goes in a trance whenever The Fiend’s name is mentioned. This is one of the more intriguing angles in WWE right now, and considering that Wyatt is one of the top stars in the company, it’s a very good spot for Bliss to be in.
Stock Up #2: Street Profits
Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura, the SmackDown tag champs, crashed the Sept. 7 episode of Raw in order to challenge the Street Profits to a Champions vs. Champions match for the following week. Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins went on to embarrass the Artist Collective on their home turf on Friday night SmackDown, before solidifying that they are the best team in WWE by winning the Champions vs. Champions match.
Stock Up #1: The Hurt Business
The Hurt Business is a competent and intelligent group of heels who have a great mouthpiece in MVP and a dominating ass kicker in Bobby Lashley. But the group has also restored relevancy to both Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander, after both men were languishing in obscurity for a very long time. This faction has their hands seemingly everywhere, from the United States championship scene, to Raw Underground, to confronting RETRIBUTION.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: RETRIBUTION
RETRIBUTION tried to make a splash by interrupting the main event match on Raw, but they were ultimately thwarted by Drew McIntyre, Keith Lee, and The Hurt Business. At this point, RETRIBUTION is only a little bit more threatening than Akira Tozawa’s ninjas.
Stock Down #2: Erik
Ivar is out due to neck surgery, so Erik is going to be on his own for a while. His solo run began by tapping out in a quick squash match on this week’s (Sept. 14) Raw at the hands of Bobby Lashley. This is probably how it’s going to be for Erik for quite a while.
Stock Down #1: Andrade
Zelina has seemingly ditched both Andrade and Angel Garza in order to pursue the Raw women’s championship. If this turns into a permanent split, then Andrade is screwed. Angel Garza has enough charisma to get by on his own, but it’s pretty clear that Vince McMahon isn’t going to push Andrade if Vega isn’t by his side.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?