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 Nia Jax laying out Becky Lynch with a punch, Nick Aldis standing up to Roman Reigns, and Karrion Kross teasing additional members for his shitty new stable, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Raquel Rodriguez
Rodriguez has not wrestled on Raw since losing to Nia Jax on the Nov. 20 episode, so that match effectively ended her year on WWE television. This isn’t the worst time to disappear off TV, due to the lack of PLEs this month. Even so, Raquel has zero momentum going her way right now with the Royal Rumble match coming up soon, and it feels like other women on the roster can quickly pass her by in the pecking order as Raquel remains out of action.
Stock Down #2: Bobby Lashley & Street Profits
There was nothing particularly egregious about the way Bob lost to Santos Escobar on last night’s SmackDown, but it at least serves as a reminder that his group with the Street Profits is close to ice cold right now. The Profits were the only ones taking falls up to this point in their partnership, but now Lashley is joining in on the frustrating lack of success.
Stock Down #1: Piper Niven & Chelsea Green
Considering that Niven and Green were a makeshift tag team put together against Chelsea’s will, their team may not last much longer now that they have dropped the WWE women’s tag team titles.
Now let’s see whose stock increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Drew McIntyre
Drew’s extremely emotional promo on this week’s Raw about all the family sacrifices he has made really hammered home the idea that his World Heavyweight Championship match against Seth Rollins at Day 1 is a must-win fight. McIntyre has done everything possible to create the perception that the timing is right for a title change, even if the presence of CM Punk and Damian Priest’s Money in the Bank contract suggest there are bigger threats looming for Seth’s championship reign.
Stock Up #2: Katana Chance & Kayden Carter
In less than two months, Chance and Carter went from being completely irrelevant on Raw to now being the new Women’s Tag Team Champions. Is it possible they won the belts because WWE wants the Kabuki Warriors to take the gold from a babyface team? Sure. But even if that ends up being the case, this is finally their time to make an impression and show everyone why they should be a featured act on TV going forward.
Stock Up #1: R-Truth
R-Truth has somehow done it again, inserting himself into a top storyline on Raw and using his comedy chops to get over in a big way. After spending the last few weeks getting under The Judgment Day’s skin by pretending to be a member of the group, Truth paid it off by beating JD McDonagh on Raw in a Loser Leaves Judgment Day Miracle on 34th Street Fight. This was Truth’s first match in over a year, which only added to how great it was when he pinned McDonagh. Truth’s stellar performance in this story is proof that WWE creative should keep finding spots like this for him to shine.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think changed the most this week?