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 Payback 2020 and all of its fallout, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: John Morrison & The Miz
WWE continues to waste away John Morrison’s talents. He and Miz lost a tag match against Heavy Machinery this week (Sept. 4) on SmackDown, and Morrison then considered eating Otis’ lunch sandwich afterwards. Morrison doesn’t come off like a star at all with this kind of booking.
Stock Down #2: Lana & Natalya
When Lana and Natalya formed a new partnership back in June, it at least seemed possible that WWE had a significant creative direction planned for them. Instead, they usually cut bad BOAT promos, and have spent the last couple weeks getting beaten up by Mickie James. It looks like Lana and Natalya are going nowhere fast.
Stock Down #1: Billie Kay
The IIconics were forced to split up after losing a tag team match on Raw, and then Peyton Royce fed Billie Kay to the wolves on Raw Underground. It sounds like their partnership was ended because a singles push is planned for Peyton Royce. None of this is good news for Billie Kay.
Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Keith Lee
Lee made quick work of Randy Orton in his first WWE pay-per-view match, at Payback 2020. The Limitless One followed this up the next night (Aug. 31) on Raw with a victory over Dolph Ziggler. Later in the episode, his Spirit Bomb was too much for Seth Rollins to handle, even though Lee was unable to take advantage for the pin.
Rumors suggest that Vince McMahon wants to push Lee to the moon, and this week’s booking was a pretty good start.
Stock Up #2: Roman Reigns & Paul Heyman
Roman Reigns has been back in WWE for less than two weeks and is already the Universal champion. Paul Heyman cut a great promo on SmackDown making it clear that Roman Reigns is the one who has corrupted him, and not the other way around. With Jey Uso emerging as Roman’s first challenger at Clash of Champions 2020, WWE has a great opportunity to firmly establish Roman as the most despicable wrestler in the promotion once he (presumably) destroys his own bloodline. Reigns’ heel turn is working out amazingly well thus far.
Stock Up #1: Sasha Banks & Bayley
It’s not common for a team to lose two matches and championship gold in one week but still wind up in a great position, yet that’s where Bayley and Banks find themselves. This long-term story has been brewing for months, and WWE finally pulled the trigger on their breakup this week, when Bayley turned on Sasha.
It was a brutal beatdown that instantly turns Sasha into a mega babyface, and positions her as the obvious person to end Bayley’s long reign as SmackDown women’s champion. As for Bayley, this is the kind of story that could possibly land her a pay-per-view main event. No matter where this feud goes from here, it should remain the top women’s storyline in WWE for quite some time.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?