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 the Viking Raiders winning a tag team Battle Royal, Jeff Hardy beating Cedric Alexander, and a new look for Otis, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Kofi Kingston
Kingston had an interesting backstage chat with MVP on this week’s (June 7) Raw before going on to defeat
Matt Riddle in a really good singles match.
It’s not clear yet if Kofi’s talk with MVP was setting him up as Bobby Lashley’s next potential challenger for the WWE championship, or if this could lead to Kingston eventually joining The Hurt Business. Either way, it appears that big things are coming Kingston’s way this summer.
Stock Up #2: Cesaro
Cesaro crashing the set of “Ding Dong, Hello!” was the highlight of this week’s episode of SmackDown. The Swiss Superman beat the pants off Seth Rollins and is back just in time for a probable pay-per-view match against him at Hell in a Cell on June 20.
Stock Up #1: Roman Reigns & The Usos
Last night (June 11) on SmackDown, Jimmy Uso defiantly called out Roman Reigns for abusing Jey over the last year and then stopping them from winning the tag titles out of pure jealousy. With Jey Uso caught in the middle of Jimmy and Roman’s tug of war over his loyalty, Jey finally snapped and walked out on both of them. Afterwards, Roman’s final message to Jimmy about making things right with Jey and the family appeared to be sinking in.
What more can be said about how great this story is right now between Roman Reigns and the Usos? It’s by far the best thing on WWE television.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Charlotte Flair & Rhea Ripley
WWE decided to go with the “tag team partners who can’t get along” story for Flair and Ripley on this week’s Raw. After going overboard with too many moments of tension between them, they finally imploded, and it led to Ripley being pinned. Charlotte and Rhea remain in the losers’ column with their Raw women’s championship match coming up at Hell in a Cell.
Stock Down #2: Ricochet & Humberto Carrillo
Speaking of losers, these two guys can’t catch a break. With broken-nosed Sheamus sitting at the commentary table, Ricochet and Carrillo fought each other to see who will challenge the Celtic Warrior next for the United States championship. The match ended in a double count-out with no interference from Sheamus, demonstrating that neither wrestler is worthy enough to face him. The segment ended with Sheamus’ theme music playing as he shook his head at how inept these guys are.
Stock Down #1: Shayna Baszler
Former shoot fighting badass Shayna Baszler was scared by a stupid little doll in one of the worst closing segments in the history of Raw. This is probably just the start of more terrible segments where Baszler succumbs to the power of Alexa Bliss and Lilly. Losing matches to Reginald on Raw suddenly doesn’t seem all that bad in comparison for Baszler.
As great as the Reigns/Usos story is on SmackDown, this Baszler/Lilly garbage is equally bad on Raw, and it needs to go away ASAP.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?