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WWE Stock Report: Apollo Crews is desperate for a new gimmick

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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 Roman Reigns dominating Raw, Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair arguing over copied gimmicks, and Zelina Vega winning for the first time since she returned to WWE in July, a lot of fortunes were changed.

With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:

Stock Down #3: Mansoor & Mustafa Ali

Mansoor and Mustafa Ali are still trying to gain a foothold on Raw, but they were fed to the new team of Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo on this week’s (Sept. 20) episode. Considering how Garza and Carrillo have been presented as low card wrestlers for much of their time in WWE, this isn’t a good sign for Mansoor and Ali.

Stock Down #2: Natalya & Tamina

Tamina and Natalya went about four months without defending the Women’s tag team titles on television. They spent a lot of that time losing non-title matches. On this week’s Raw, they dropped the gold to Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley in a very short match, and then were immediately overshadowed on SmackDown by Shotzi & Nox.

Stock Down #1: Apollo Crews

Apollo Crews lost the Intercontinental championship to Shinsuke Nakamura last month, and he also came up short in last night’s (Sept. 24) championship rematch on SmackDown. Yesterday’s pre-match promo was a reminder that Apollo’s current gimmick has some glaring issues and very little remaining upside. Crews hasn’t been doing much since he lost the title, and he’s about to become less relevant going forward if a change isn’t made. Are new gimmicks available in the upcoming WWE Draft?

Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:

Stock Up #3: Happy Corbin

Everything is swell right now in the life of Happy Corbin. He debuted a new talk show on SmackDown named Happy Talk, where he once again managed to humiliate Kevin Owens. Corbin is never at full strength without a henchman or three in his ranks. Now that he has Riddick Moss on his side, it feels like the good times are just beginning to roll for Happy Corbin.

Stock Up #2: Shayna Baszler

Former MMA and NXT badass Shayna Baszler has been beaten into the ground over and over again on the WWE main roster, reaching the low point a few months ago when she ran away scared by a stupid doll.

Now that her partnership with Nia Jax is dissolved, Shayna immediately brought back her vicious streak on Raw by submitting Jax in the middle of the ring with the Kirifuda Clutch and cruelly breaking Nia’s elbow afterwards. This is a great time for a Baszler reboot given the WWE Draft is coming up next week.

Stock Up #1: Naomi & Sonya Deville

Naomi and Sonya Deville are showing that a championship doesn’t need to hang in the balance to have one of the most compelling angles in WWE. They stole the show on last night’s SmackDown in a segment that heavily teased the long-anticipated return to the ring for Deville. More of this, please!

There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?