Some places do power rankings. Here at Cageside, we do a stock report.
In this weekly series, we identify three Superstars (or teams of Superstars) who are on their way up, and three that are moving in the opposite direction. After a week that featured Roman Reigns revealing he has leukemia, Drew McIntyre going monster hunting, and a contract signing between Ronda Rousey and Nikki Bella, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Alicia Fox
Alexa Bliss won’t be able to wrestle at Evolution due to injury, which is why Alicia Fox took her spot on Raw in a backstage ambush of Lita and Trish Stratus. Fox will also be filling in for Bliss in a highly promoted tag team match at Evolution.
Stock Up #2: Elias
Elias has been getting massive audience reactions for a long time, and this week on Raw he finally turned babyface when he broke a guitar over the back of acting General Manager Baron Corbin.
Stock Up #1: Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose won the tag titles and then shockingly turned on Seth Rollins in the most heartbreaking way possible. This could be the start of Dean’s climb to the top heel spot on Raw.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Bobby Lashley
It feels like freshly turned heel Lashley should be rising up the card given all the flux in the main event picture, yet this week on Raw he did the job for Finn Balor. Perhaps the rumor about a separated shoulder has something to do with this booking decision.
Stock Down #2: Aiden English
Aiden English tapped out in quick fashion to Rusev on SmackDown. It wouldn’t be shocking at all if Rusev moves on to a different story from here while Aiden falls out of relevancy.
Stock Down #1: AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan
Styles and Bryan are two of the most talented wrestlers in the world, but the build to their WWE Championship match at Crown Jewel has been a massive letdown. The whole “tag team partners who aren’t on the same page” concept feels like a more appropriate story for a lower card feud like Chad Gable and Bobby Roode versus The Ascension. Yet here Bryan and Styles are, teaming up for unknown reasons, losing all of their matches, and doing goofy promos about Pinocchio. With such an uninspired creative direction, the WWE Championship doesn’t feel like it belongs anywhere near the main event spot.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?