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 AJ Styles losing very quickly against Jaxson Ryker, Shayna Baszler challenging Reginald to a match after he was burned by pyro, and Bayley rightfully calling Michael Cole a stupid idiot for botching Bianca Belair’s name, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Apollo Crews
The Intercontinental champion was about to be pinned by Kevin Owens in less than 75 seconds if it wasn’t for Commander Azeez causing a disqualification out of pure desperation.
Stock Down #2: Rhea Ripley
The Raw women’s champion came up short in a two minute Beat the Clock challenge against Nikki Cross on this week’s (May 24) episode. There’s no shame in any wrestler failing to pick up a win within two minutes against Cross, but Rhea Ripley showed no urgency at all. She actually taunted her opponent over the amount of time remaining in the fight, and came off like a dummy who has no idea how clocks works.
Stock Down #1: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler
The downward spiral of the former SmackDown tag team champions continued last night (May 28) when they lost what was effectively a handicap match against the inexperienced Dominik Mysterio, a man who the heels have repeatedly claimed has no business being in a WWE ring.
Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Xavier Woods and Riddle
On an episode of Raw that was filled with too many rematches and terrible finishes, the match between Xavier Woods and
Matt Riddle stood out as a reminder that things are so much better in WWE when the cookie cutter mold is broken. Woods and Riddle delivered a great match that was quite different from the typical WWE style, and that’s exactly what stagnant three hour Raw needs a lot more of right now.
Stock Up #2: Charlotte Flair
Math apparently works differently for Charlotte Flair than it does for Asuka.
Flair got her win back on Asuka from last week’s Raw, but the Queen’s win must have been extra impressive because it earned her a women’s championship match against Rhea Ripley at Hell in a Cell on June 20.
There’s no word yet on what Asuka gets for beating Flair the week before.
Stock Up #1: The Usos
The Usos and the Street Profits dominated SmackDown this week with incredibly entertaining pre-match promos and then a fantastic fight. The win for Jimmy and Jey has already put them in position for a tag team championship match next week.
The Universal champion Roman Reigns will be testing Jey’s loyalty in that match. This situation will almost certainly blow up next week in what has quickly become the best storyline in WWE.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?