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 Money in the Bank 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: Zelina Vega
Vega has competed in three matches since she returned to WWE less than one month ago, and she has lost all three matches. This doesn’t bode well for a future push if she can’t even win matches during the early part of her return.
Stock Down #2: Kofi Kingston
They did it again to Kofi. Two years ago he was squashed by Brock Lesnar in a WWE championship match so that Cain Velasquez could step up and have a terrible match with Lesnar in Saudi Arabia. This time it was Bobby Lashley who damn near squashed Kingston in a WWE championship match at Money in the Bank, setting the stage for Goldberg to show up on Raw the next night and challenge the champ. Kofi is the latest main roster wrestler who just doesn’t measure up to WWE’s part-time attractions.
Stock Down #1: Karrion Kross & NXT
The undefeated NXT champion debuted on Raw this week (July 19) without Scarlett and quickly lost against Jeff Hardy. Kross tried to get his catchphrase over afterwards, but it’s hard to take his threats seriously when he begins his career on the main roster as an immediate loser.
There is potentially an interesting story to tell here about Kross being irate now and bringing death and destruction to anyone in his path. But it’s understandable why so many fans don’t give WWE the benefit of the doubt to effectively tell such a story. The bigger issue here is that Kross is the unstoppable NXT champion, so the entire brand looks third rate now that their top star went down so easily against a guy who can’t even win matches on Main Event.
Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Bobby Lashley
The fun and games are over for Bobby Lashley. The WWE champion is now completely focused on dominating his competition, and it paid off this week with two very lopsided victories over Kofi Kingston and the returning Keith Lee. It looks like WWE wants to make Bob look as strong as possible heading into SummerSlam and presumably a match against Bill Goldberg.
Stock Up #2: John Cena, Finn Balor, Roman Reigns
John Cena returned to WWE at Money in the Bank and received a massive pop, while Balor returned to in-ring action on this week’s (July 23) SmackDown. Both men have made it clear that they want to take on Roman Reigns for the Universal championship. This is the top storyline in WWE heading into SummerSlam. It’s a great way to re-introduce Finn to the main roster, while still planning for a huge SummerSlam main event match between Cena and Reigns.
Stock Up #1: Nikki A.S.H.
Nikki Cross debuted a new gimmick about one month ago. Now going by the name Nikki A.S.H., she has already won the women’s Money in the Bank contract and cashed it in to defeat Charlotte Flair and become the new Raw Women’s champion. Yeah, I’d say that’s a pretty great way to get the new superhero gimmick over.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?