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WWE Stock Report: Karrion Kross returns and is the same loser from four months ago

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 Randy Orton teaming up with LA Knight, DIY beating Imperium in 2 out of 3 falls, and Seth Rollins defending the world heavyweight championship on Raw, a lot of fortunes were changed.

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

Stock Down #3: Tegan Nox & Natalya

Last week, Tegan Nox and Natalya failed to win the WWE women’s tag team titles from Piper Niven and Chelsea Green. This week, they lost a match against Katana Chance and Kayden Carter, which suggests they are falling out of the title scene rather fast.

Stock Down #2: Sami Zayn

Sami Zayn was defeated by Drew McIntyre on Raw and then might have been written off TV with an injury angle later in the show.

According to the data at CageMatch, Sami has not won a match on Raw since August, which is a period that even includes a loss to JD McDonagh in September. That’s a rough stretch for someone who a lot of fans hoped might actually win the WWE Universal championship from Roman Reigns earlier this year.

Stock Down #1: Karrion Kross

Kross was off WWE TV for nearly four months (since early August) while creative was presumably figuring out how to reboot his character. He finally returned to SmackDown TV this week, and WWE’s big creative idea for him was to...lose clean in the opening round of the United States championship number one contender tournament?

This kind of booking doesn’t bode well for Karrion’s push now that he’s back on TV. There are a bunch of others wrestlers on the roster who could have been picked to put over Bobby Lashley in this tournament, but WWE decided that Karrion was the right man for the job. Karrion’s return already has zero momentum due to this result, and there isn’t much reason to think things will go differently for him on SmackDown this time around.

Hey, whatever happened to that shitty new stable of his?

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

Stock Up #3: Nia Jax

Nia Jax bonzai-dropped her way to a win over Shayna Baszler on Raw, continuing her undefeated run of singles matches on Raw since returning to WWE in September. Jax now finds herself mixed up in a story with Becky Lynch, while also being on the doorstep of Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley.

Stock Up #2: Drew McIntyre

McIntyre went full heel on Raw this week and dominated the show from start to finish. He opened the broadcast with an interesting promo explaining his recent behavior, moved on to defeating Sami Zayn and injuring him with a backstage attack, and then closed out the night by putting Jey Uso through a table after a world title match.

Stock Up #1: CM Punk

CM’s promo on SmackDown this week was a masterpiece in many ways and put him on a path towards main eventing WrestleMania 40. He cracked opened the door to multiple new stories and feuds along the way, bringing in names like Cody Rhodes, Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, LA Knight, and Seth Rollins. Overall, this was a much more effective piece of business than his “I’m home” promo on Raw in terms of laying the groundwork for what we can expect to see from Punk now that he’s back in WWE.

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

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