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 Jimmy Uso appearing on SmackDown after being arrested for DUI, dueling crutches with Charlotte Flair & Rhea Ripley, and Liv Morgan added to the Money in the Bank ladder match, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Mace & T-BAR
Do you remember in April when these two former RETRIBUTION members were regularly trying to get in the faces of Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman? They have barely been featured on Raw since then, and this week (July 5) they even lost against Lucha House Party.
Stock Down #2: Cesaro
Cesaro’s time in the upper card of SmackDown appears to be finished. He got a big push leading into WrestleMania 37 and then main evented WrestleMania Backlash against Roman Reigns. But after losing to Seth Rollins at Hell in a Cell, he lost once again this week (July 9) on SmackDown and is now on the outside looking in at Money in the Bank.
Stock Down #1: Bayley
After not competing in a match at WrestleMania 37, Bayley was on the cusp of finally wrestling in front of a live audience again in a SmackDown women’s championship match at Money in the Bank. But she suffered a major injury during a training session this week at the Performance Center. It sounds like she has a torn ACL and will be on the shelf for nine months. This sucks.
Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Jaxson Ryker
Jaxson Ryker didn’t flinch when R-Truth abandoned him in a tag team match on Raw to chase Akira Tozawa’s jobber gold. Ryker was prepared to take out both Elias and Cedric Alexander by himself. Elias knew what was coming, so he bailed. That left former Raw tag team champion Cedric Alexander in there to be quickly crushed by Ryker.
Big Swole didn’t appreciate seeing her man get pinned by Ryker, and she won Twitter for the night by expressing her displeasure afterwards:
All of us watching Cedric get pinned by lil’ Hogan. pic.twitter.com/vXbntkMpcf— Swole (@SwoleWorld) July 6, 2021
Stock Up #2: Jinder Mahal
Biker Jinder Mahal doesn’t like receiving text messages with shorthand, so he and his goons beat up Drew McIntyre and stole his flame-generating sword. No matter how things pan out for Drew on July 18 at Money in the Bank 2021, it looks like Mahal will now be relevant in a feud with his former 3MB mate going forward on Raw.
Stock Up #1: Shotzi & Nox
Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox debuted as a team on SmackDown. And while they couldn’t escape WWE’s strange fascination with abbreviating wrestler names, they already scored a big win over the WWE Women’s tag team champions, Natalya & Tamina. The tank entrance is something that’s fresh and new, and SmackDown definitely needed help in the women’s division, even before Bayley’s devastating injury. Things are looking real shiny right now for Shotzi & Nox.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?