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 Bray Wyatt murdering a rabbit and turning it into breakfast spread, a special appearance from the Yolo County tag team champions, and EC3’s willingness to resort to cannibalism on a stuck elevator, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: The Revival
Playing lackeys for Shane McMahon is a hell of a lot better for The Revival than the awful back-shaving and Ucey Hot angles from late April and early May. Dash and Dawson have already been rewarded for their efforts with the Raw tag team titles.
Stock Up #2: Lacey Evans
Lacey Evans is getting one more shot at Becky Lynch and the Raw women’s championship at Stomping Grounds, so WWE booked Evans to pin the SmackDown women’s champ (Bayley) on Raw this week. That sentence is a little confusing (thanks, Wild Card rule!) but the bottom line is that WWE put Lacey over about as strongly as they could.
Stock Up #1: The New Day
The New Day was at full force this week on SmackDown thanks to the return of Big E, and it was everything we could hope for. They cut a great promo with a funny joke about Charlotte Flair’s booking, and then they prevailed in a 6-man tag team match in the main event against Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, and Sam Zayn. Kofi Kingston sealed the deal with his Trouble in Paradise finisher, and it feels like he’s won every single match he’s competed in since winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 35.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins
Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins’ irrelevance to the WWE product helped them hold on to the Raw tag titles for more than 60 days. They finally lost those titles this week on Raw (June 10), and there’s no reason to expect another memorable moment for these guys any time soon.
Stock Down #2: The Kabuki Warriors
Asuka and Kairi Sane have not wrestled on SmackDown since the May 14 episode, so it has now been one month since we’ve last seen them compete on WWE’s main television shows. I searched extensively through Claire’s live blogs covering the last four episodes of SmackDown, and every search related to the Kabuki Warriors came up empty. Sadly, it’s not surprising that Vince McMahon has screwed up Kairi Sane’s call-up to the main roster while continuing to have no clue how to utilize Asuka’s elite talents.
Shane McMahon’s exhausting story was heavily featured throughout the first thirty minutes of SmackDown television this week, while stars like Asuka, Sane, Rusev, and Nakamura continue to sit on the sidelines stuck in dead tag team divisions. It’s just a mind-boggling case of booking ineptitude.
Stock Down #1: The Miz
The Miz was humiliated on SmackDown this week (June 11). He lost a match against Drew McIntyre, thereby failing to earn another fight with his longtime nemesis Shane McMahon. Afterwards, McMahon forced Miz to tap out to a laughably bad triangle choke. It’s one thing to get screwed over by the heels and lose a match to Shane, but it’s flat out embarrassing to actually tap out to his garbage MMA holds. The Miz needs to get as far away from Shane McMahon’s story as he possibly can; it’s just killing him right now.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?