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 women’s Money in the Bank ladder match participants being finalized, as well as WWE finally returning to the road with live fans for SmackDown, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Xavier Woods
The list of people who have pinned Bobby Lashley over the last year is extremely small. Even if it was a fluke roll up, Xavier Woods joined that list on this week’s (July 12) episode of Raw.
Stock Up #2: Ricochet & John Morrison
With their series of exciting matches to close out the ThunderDome era, Ricochet and Morrison have proven that they should be given more to do on Monday nights. Three hours of Raw is always too long, but it’s easier to get through when Ricochet and Morrison are allowed to work longer matches.
Stock Up #1: Finn Balor
There was sure to be a big surprise return on the first episode of SmackDown back on the road, and Balor turned out to be that surprise. We can worry later about how soon his height or accent may cause Vince McMahon to take the shine off him again. SmackDown needs more babyfaces to go up against the likes of Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins after SummerSlam, and Balor fills that need extremely well.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Dana Brooke
Dana Brooke’s tag team partner (Mandy Rose) appears to have been traded to NXT, leaving Dana in limbo on Raw. Her current storyline against tag team champions Tamina & Natalya is suddenly in danger of being dropped. It’s strange how WWE thinks they can sustain a women’s tag team division with such a small number of teams across both main roster brands.
Stock Down #2: Humberto Carrillo
Carrillo’s story with Sheamus was wrapped up on Raw in a fashion that screamed out Humberto never belonged in the same ring as the Celtic Warrior. After being squashed with one immediate Brogue Kick, now Carrillo can go back to chasing Akira Tozawa’s jobber gold, which is what he was doing one week prior.
Stock Down #1: AJ Styles
AJ Styles has lost five consecutive singles matches going back to May 24. This includes losses to Jaxson Ryker, Drew McIntyre, Ricochet,
Matt Riddle, and Ivar.
Styles is a former WWE champion and one of the greatest wrestlers of his generation, yet for some reason he’s being presented as the weak link in a tag team on Raw. Unlike the formation of RK-BRO, which is helping both Riddle and Randy Orton, Styles’ current foray into tag team wrestling is all about the push of Omos, and it’s now making AJ look like someone who has lost a couple steps as a singles wrestler.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?