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 an axe-throwing competition, a breakup tease for The IIconics, and Austin Theory changing heel stables, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Liv Morgan
Liv Morgan has had some bright spots in 2020, but overall she just doesn’t have a well-defined character, so it’s hard to form a connection with her. Morgan talked about her mother this week (May 18) on Raw in a pre-taped segment that seemingly came out of left field, and it just wasn’t an effective way to build momentum after her competitive loss to Charlotte Flair from two weeks prior.
Stock Down #2: R-Truth
R-Truth is a very creative wrestler, but he’s quite lost without an audience or the 24/7 title. His television time as Pretty Ricky is more cringe than anything else, and Truth should move on from it as soon as possible.
Stock Down #1: Humberto Carrillo
Once upon a time, Humberto Carrillo was a serious contender for the United States championship. But he has now assumed the role of the low to mid card babyface who primarily exists to put over all the heels who actually have storylines. This includes recent losses against Murphy, Bobby Lashley, and AJ Styles. Hey, someone’s got to do the job.
Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Apollo Crews
Apollo Crews was presented as a big deal on Raw when he made his surprising return during Kevin Owens’ own return, and then went on to pin Angel Garza in a tag team match. Crews later cut a good promo that made it clear he’s coming for Andrade’s United States championship.
Stock Up #2: AJ Styles
With Roman Reigns off WWE television indefinitely, SmackDown could use another top star, and AJ Styles might just fill those shoes now that he’s been traded to Friday nights. The Phenomenal One already looks like a lock to make the finals of the Intercontinental championship tournament, considering that all he has to do is beat Elias to get there. Raw looks dumb as hell for trading away one of the top stars in the company for “future considerations.”
Stock Up #1: Bayley
Bayley has held the SmackDown women’s championship for most of the last year, but her caliber of opponents lately hasn’t been that impressive. That changed this week (May 22) when she defeated NXT champion Charlotte Flair in a well-hyped Champion vs. Champion match. Better yet, Bayley didn’t even need any assistance from her sidekick Sasha Banks to take out The Queen.
Now that Becky Lynch is away from WWE due to pregnancy, and Charlotte Flair has been left in Bayley’s dust, it looks like there is a new queen of women’s wrestling in WWE.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?