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WWE Stock Report: Seth Rollins is no longer an afterthought

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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 Backlash and all of its fallout, including the return of Aleister Black, a lot of fortunes were changed.

With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:

Stock Down #3: Carmella

Carmella received a decent spotlight two weeks ago on the Throwback edition of SmackDown. And I guess that really was a throwback to the past, because there has been no follow-up to what initially looked like a potential push for her.

Stock Down #2: The Miz

The Miz had a rough night at WrestleMania Backlash. He tore his ACL and was then eaten by zombies. There’s no timetable yet on when the A-Lister will return from the dead.

Stock Down #1: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler

These guys have been jobbing left and right to put over the Mysterios. That includes multiple losses this week, and dropping the SmackDown tag titles to Rey & Dominik at WrestleMania Backlash.

Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:

Stock Up #3: Kofi Kingston

Kingston had a hell of a night on this week’s (May 17) Raw, beating Randy Orton and WWE champion Bobby Lashley in separate singles matches. Two wins of this magnitude would normally give Kofi the top spot on the Stock Up side of the ledger, particularly because Lashley has been the most protected star on the WWE roster over the last year.

But I’m not ready to interpret these results as a huge push for Kofi quite yet. Raw’s upper card is severely hurting on the men’s side, and WWE is desperate to find TV opponents for Lashley and Drew McIntyre in between their pay-per-view matches. Last month that meant T-BAR and MACE briefly received extra attention on a couple episodes of Raw before being quickly shuffled back down the card.

That’s probably what Kofi’s role will be here. Keep in mind that Kingston was essentially squashed twice by Omos over the last six weeks, and McIntyre assisted him in the win over Lashley. That’s why I’m still putting my money on Lashley vs. McIntyre as the planned direction for Hell in a Cell, with Kofi being a small thorn in Lashley’s side for now on Raw.

Stock Up #2: Seth Rollins

Ever since Seth Rollins returned to WWE earlier this year, his role has mostly been to put over Cesaro. He lost against Cesaro at WrestleMania 37, and then lost a second match to Cesaro a few weeks later. Seth was a secondary player, essentially, and an afterthought on the morning of WrestleMania Backlash.

Rollins stormed back to relevancy this week. He escalated the level of violence to new heights for his feud with Cesaro, brutalizing the Swiss Superman’s arm with a steel chair, stomping his face into the cardboard steel grate, and sending Cesaro out on a stretcher. This angle looks like it is clearly leading to a Hell in a Cell match between the two men on June 20.

Would you bet on WWE booking Seth to lose three consecutive matches against Cesaro? I wouldn’t, and I think this is the start of big things to come for Seth for the remainder of 2021.

Stock Up #1: Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs

King Nakamura’s entrance was significantly enhanced this week (May 21) on SmackDown with the addition of Rick Boogs and his electric guitar. I have no idea where this one is going, and I never knew that I needed these two stars paired together before, but the magic here is undeniable. Please give me more of this, WWE.

There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?