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 a special appearance by former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens winning a tournament at New Year’s Revolution to become Logan Paul’s Royal Rumble opponent, and Tyler Bate revealed as BUTCH’s mystery partner for a win against Pretty Deadly, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Drew McIntyre
In his recent promos, Drew McIntyre said all of the family sacrifices he’s made would be for nothing if he failed to beat Seth Rollins for the world heavyweight championship at Day 1. Drew now has to live with the reality of those words, because Rollins pinned him to the mat for the three count. McIntyre was protected in the sense that Damian Priest’s Money in the Bank contract shenanigans played a role in the finish, but the bottom line is this was Drew’s big moment, and now it’s over. Looking ahead, it doesn’t seem like he has a good chance to win the Royal Rumble match to get another shot at this belt.
Stock Down #2: Dominik Mysterio & JD McDonagh
The Judgment Day used to present itself as a group of equals, but Dominik and JD have settled into a B-squad role of late by losing all of their televised matches. With this week’s loss against Awesome Truth, it extends Mysterio’s streak of having no wins on TV since the start of November, and McDonagh’s streak of no such wins since early September.
Stock Down #1: Tegan Nox & Natalya
Things are trending in the wrong direction right now for Nox and Natalya. After losing in a tag team title match at the end of November, this week they fell further away from the gold by losing a number one contender match against Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark.
Now let’s see whose stock increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Karrion Kross, AOP, Scarlett, Paul Ellering
Karrion Kross is trying to reboot himself by creating a new stable. Business really picked up on that front when Authors of Pain and Paul Ellering joined Kross and Scarlett on SmackDown for an assault on Bob Lashley and the Street Profits. Perhaps it’s just a matter of time until Karrion’s perpetual shitty booking strikes again, but for now his new group is off to a strong start.
Stock Up #2: Nia Jax
Jax pulled off one of the biggest wins of her career in WWE at Day 1 when she busted up and bloodied Becky Lynch’s face again, and bonzai-dropped her way to victory over The Man. Jax now stands out as the clear-cut number one threat to Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley.
Stock Up #1: The Rock
The Rock returned to WWE at Day 1 for what looks like the start of a program with Roman Reigns. Since then, there’s been a lot of talk about whether the match will happen next month at Elimination Chamber in Australia, or if it will instead be the main event of WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia.
The truth of the matter is that everyone and everything in WWE takes a backseat to The Rock because he’s such a huge worldwide star. If working the show in Australia is what makes the most sense for his schedule and wallet, then that’s what he’ll do. If he instead wants the spotlight of the WrestleMania main event, then WWE will give it to him. The Rock will get whatever he wants from WWE, even if that means pushing off the end of Cody Rhodes’ story to SummerSlam or some other event that’s not WrestleMania 40.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think changed the most this week?