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 Miz getting tossed into a kiddie pool, Roman Reigns raising the stakes for his match against John Cena at SummerSlam, and Sasha Banks missing the go-home episode of SmackDown, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez
After dropping the Intercontinental championship to Shinsuke Nakamura last week, Apollo Crews was pinned by Rick Boogs in a tag team match on SmackDown. Commander Azeez is no Omos, that’s for sure.
Stock Down #2: Zelina Vega and Carmella
Vega and Carmella each came up short in separate singles matches against Bianca Belair on last night’s (Aug. 20) episode of SmackDown. Vega has yet to win a match since returning to WWE, while Carmella has been clearly established as unworthy of the championship.
Stock Down #1: Jinder Mahal, Veer, Shanky
These guys might be the least effective and intimidating heel group in WWE, aside from the remnants of RETRIBUTION. Mahal has no credibility at the level of his SummerSlam opponent, Drew McIntyre. Drew defeated Shanky and Veer in a handicap match on Raw, and now the deck is stacked against Jinder at SummerSlam. WWE has once again rushed Mahal into a match against a top star without any notable television wins to justify the idea that he can hang at that level.
Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Karrion Kross
Kross made quick work of Jeff Hardy on this week’s Raw, putting him down with the Krossjacket and not breaking much of a sweat in the process.
Stock Up #2: Edge
Rollins shined last week on the mic, and this week it was Edge’s turn to do the same while he explained why he has to return to a very dark place to take out Seth at SummerSlam. Edge and Rollins have both done a great job of raising their intensity to make this one feel super personal. As a result, this is the most compelling story in WWE heading into SummerSlam.
Stock Up #1: Randy Orton & Riddle
The live audience popped huge for the official reformation of RK-Bro on this week’s (Aug. 16) Raw. Most of the storylines on Raw are rather bland, which makes the odd couple dynamic between Randy Orton and
Matt Riddle stand out that much more. These guys just have to win the Raw tag team titles at SummerSlam.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?