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 Hell in a Cell 2021 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: Shayna Baszler
Stock Down #2: Drew McIntyre
One of the reasons why Drew McIntyre lost against Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania 37 is because he was distracted by MVP. McIntyre swore to never let that happen again. Well, it happened again at Hell in a Cell 2021, with McIntyre losing to a roll up thanks to MVP. As a result, Drew can never challenge Lashley for the WWE championship again.
Drew is also currently on the outside looking in at the Money in the Bank ladder match after losing a qualifier against
Matt Riddle on Raw.
Stock Down #1: Eva Marie & Doudrop
Yes, Piper Niven’s name on the main roster really is Doudrop. It’s not the worst case scenario, because the name has been chosen in kayfabe by Eva, and Her Partner is not happy with that idea. However, Doudrop is so turned off by the name that she has seemingly turned her back on Eva already, leading to Eva Marie being pinned in only her second week back on Raw. Just like that, the partnership between Eva and Doudrop appears to have immediately gone off the rails. Now Eva is claiming on Twitter that the match was rigged and she is still undefeated.
This entire angle is bizarre as hell, and doesn’t appear to be saving women’s wrestling.
Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross has a new superhero look. While there is a wide variance on how this new gimmick might turn out for her, it should at least lead to more television time in the short-term, including her entry into the Money in the Bank qualifying match. Best of all, it allows Cross to ditch the very ill-suited theme music she’s been using since last fall.
Stock Up #2: Big E
Big E has been stuck in limbo for a while, but with this week’s (June 25) win on SmackDown over Apollo Crews, he is now an official participant in the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match. Not only that, but out of all the wrestlers currently qualified for the ladder match, Big E is right there with Riddle as the favorites to win it all.
Stock Up #1: Edge & Seth Rollins
I’m putting these two guys together because they both had big weeks and their fates seem intertwined. In the case of Rollins, he defeated Cesaro at Hell in a Cell and declared himself next in line for a Universal championship match against Roman Reigns. Then there’s Edge, who made a surprise return at the end of SmackDown to take out Roman Reigns and Jimmy Uso, establishing that he is the biggest threat to the Tribal Chief right now.
Edge and Rollins will eventually butt heads over their desire to be Universal champion. With Edge now officially named as Roman’s challenger for Money in the Bank, one obvious story to tell is that Rollins ruins the championship match for Edge, leading to the rumored Edge vs. Rollins match at SummerSlam. We shall see if that’s how it plays out.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?