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 WrestleMania 37 and all of its fallout, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Omos
Vince McMahon loves giant men, and that was evident at WrestleMania 37 with Omos, Commander Azeez, and Braun Strowman all getting a spotlight to varying degrees. In the case of Omos’ debut match, he was booked to be an invincible behemoth who squashed the New Day and won the Raw tag team titles. The commentary team was talking him up like he’s a better wrestler than all-time great AJ Styles, and that’s exactly how he was booked in this match.
Stock Up #2: Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns’ Universal championship defense at WrestleMania 37 was the first time where the outcome of his match has been in doubt ever since he won the title in August 2020. Reigns responded to this uncertainty by smashing Daniel Bryan and Edge, stacking them up, and pinning them both at the same time.
That powerful visual during the closing minutes of WrestleMania introduces the possibility that Roman will be protected until he crosses paths with a megastar like The Rock.
Stock Up #1: Bianca Belair
Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks made history on night one of WrestleMania 37 by becoming the first two black women to compete in the main event. Belair went on to win the SmackDown women’s championship from Banks. For Belair, this is the climax of a dream run that began with a victory in the 2021 Royal Rumble match.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Street Profits
With their latest loss on this week’s (Apr. 16) episode of SmackDown, the Street Profits have now failed twice this month in championship matches against the Dirty Dawgs. It would appear that it’s time for them to move out of the title picture, and for another team to get the next shot.
Stock Down #2: Women’s tag team division
I usually try to be more specific with these choices and not pick an entire division, but this week emphasized how bad things are with WWE’s women tag teams. There is no better example of this than Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke walking out of their tag team match against the champs (Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler) on this week’s (Apr. 12) Raw. Mandy and Dana chose to intentionally lose a match by count out rather than trying to beat the champs.
As they walked up the ramp, Mandy and Dana repeatedly said “it’s not worth it.” That tells you all you need to know about how WWE regards those titles. The cherry on top is when Baszler was once again rolled up and lost a match in less than three minutes on SmackDown.
Stock Down #1: Bray Wyatt
The Fiend was burned to death in December by Randy Orton. WrestleMania 37 was his first match since then, and he lost in six minutes to one RKO. Rumors suggest that the match finish was changed from the original plan.
The Fiend is a character that once took such a severe beating from Seth Rollins inside Hell in a Cell that the referee had to call off the match, only for The Fiend to immediately shake it all off and put Rollins down. And now he falls to one RKO after a distraction. This isn’t the first time that Bray has been booked like an incompetent loser in a WrestleMania feud with Randy Orton.
Wyatt tried to save face on Raw by promising a new start for his Firefly Fun House. But the damage that was done here will be difficult to recover from. There is nothing cool about The Fiend anymore, and little reason to give it the benefit of the doubt. This gimmick has become strongly associated with very bad television segments and even worse pay-per-view matches; WrestleMania 37 may very well be the point of no return.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?