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 naming Solo Sikoa as the future Tribal Chief, Becky Lynch and Nia Jax having a war of words on the mic, and Karrion Kross teasing whatever shitty thing he’s doing next, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Maxxine Dupri
This was one of those weeks without a lot of choices for the Stock Down column. Dupri lands here thanks to her match on Raw with Rhea Ripley that included multiple rough spots, suggesting maybe Maxxine is in a little bit over her head in televised matches right now.
Stock Down #2: Austin Theory & Grayson Waller
Theory and Waller were both eliminated in the first round of the US championship number one contender tournament. They were arguably the favorites (in kayfabe) to win these matches thanks to Kevin Owens’ broken hand and Carmelo Hayes’ lack of experience on the main roster, but they both came up short. Grayson and Austin are on a run where they can’t win a TV match unless Cameron Grimes is standing across the ring from them.
Stock Down #1: Charlotte Flair
WWE announced last night that The Queen is expected to be out of action for nine months due to an injury she suffered one week ago. Flair was probably going to be pushed towards a championship match at WrestleMania 40, but now that’s all flushed down the toilet, as is most of her 2024.
Now let’s see whose stock increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Kabuki Warriors
The WWE women’s tag team division has been an afterthought for most of the year thanks to a combination of injuries and makeshift tag teams. It was established on last night’s SmackDown that Asuka and Kairi Sane are back in the tag scene and looking to win the gold. Given the current state of things, it shouldn’t take long at all for the Kabuki Warriors to go straight to the top of the division.
Stock Up #2: AJ Styles
After weeks of rumors, the Phenomenal One finally returned to SmackDown last night and got right back into the main event scene with Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, and LA Knight. It looks like Styles is heading towards a feud with LA Knight in the short-term, but he’s certainly a candidate to headline an upcoming PLE in a championship match against the Tribal Chief.
Stock Up #1: CM Punk & Seth Rollins
There’s been a lot of focus on stars like Cody Rhodes and CM Punk trying to finish their stories with an eye on WrestleMania 40. In the case of CM, he’s always been pissed off that he never main evented WrestleMania, and is looking to cross that item off his to-do list in 2024.
What’s not talked about as much is that Seth Rollins is bothered by the very same thing. It was in late 2022 when Seth admitted in an interview he’s deeply bothered by the fact that he’s never been the top guy in WWE and “I’ve never been the one on the marquee at WrestleMania.” That sounds an awful lot like Punk’s story from 2011 to 2013 when he always took a backseat to John Cena.
It was back in 2019 when Seth shit all over Punk in a different interview and challenged him to a fight in the main event of WrestleMania. Well, after this week’s promo segment on Raw between Punk and Rollins, it sure looks to me like Seth is going to get exactly what he wants out of this feud with the man he once called a cancer. Punk vs. Rollins is the hottest angle in WWE right now and has a great chance to headline the first night of WrestleMania 40. Seth is in position to finally get his just due, and it might not be happening if CM Punk did not return to WWE.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think changed the most this week?