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 Braun Strowman being released by WWE along with five other wrestlers, Elias abandoning Jaxson Ryker, and Bayley’s laughter taking over the ThunderDome, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith debuted this week on Raw as the lead play-by-play commentator, and the overall reaction thus far has been very positive. The folks who were not impressed with his performance would at least admit that he cleared the very low bar established by Adnan Virk during the prior seven weeks.
Stock Up #2: Drew McIntyre
No matter how stagnant Raw gets, you can always count on Drew McIntyre to work his ass off and put on a great match. Kofi Kingston and Drew tore the house down once again this week (May 31), culminating with a Claymore victory for McIntyre. He will now go on to challenge Bobby Lashley for the WWE championship in the main event of Hell in a Cell 2021 on June 20.
Stock Up #1: Roman Reigns
Last night (June 4) on SmackDown, Roman Reigns masterfully called back to Jey Uso’s memorable “Which one are you?” promo from last fall to get inside Jey’s head. By the end of the episode, Reigns prevented the Usos from winning the tag team titles and then gave a severe ass whooping to Dominik Mysterio. Pretty much everything about this storyline is gold, and it all revolves around Roman Reigns being the Tribal Chief.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Charlotte Flair
After Raw women’s champion Rhea Ripley lost against Nikki Cross in a Beat the Clock challenge last week, it wasn’t too hard to predict that it would be number one contender Charlotte Flair’s turn to do the same this week.
I don’t know why WWE thinks two losers fighting over championship gold makes for a compelling match at Hell in a Cell, but that’s the story they’ve decided to go with.
Stock Down #2: Shelton Benjamin
Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander had a long back-and-forth match on the May 24 episode of Raw that Alexander won with help from a desperation eye poke.
They had a rematch on this week’s episode, and this time Shelton fell victim to the eye poke almost immediately. Shelton lost so fast that it seemed like maybe this match was one of the segments cut for time after the opening of the show apparently ran too long. Regardless, Shelton came off like a jabroni here.
Stock Down #1: Women’s tag team division
With Ruby Riott and Lana both being released by WWE this week, the women’s tag team division is in shambles and barely qualifies as a division anymore. Riott and Lana were hardly an integral part of WWE’s current storylines, but their departure means that only three teams currently exist on Raw and SmackDown combined. On top of that, former tag champion Shayna Baszler lost to Reginald this week and then talked trash to a doll. Everything about this situation is a mess.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?