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 WALTER invading Raw, a really dumb pregnancy twist in the Rusev/Lana/Lashley story, and setting up a Universal championship match between Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt at Survivor Series, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Aleister Black
Aleister Black is still sitting in a dark room asking for someone to knock on his door. He started doing this way back in May, and it’s only provided one interesting moment. Six months of asking people to knock on his door with almost no response. It seems obvious that if this guy really wants a fight, he should just go out to the ring and ask for someone to fight him there, rather than expecting wrestlers to find him in a strange dark room.
It sucks that he has a knee injury right now, which is apparently related to why this is still going on, but that doesn’t make it any more entertaining.
Stock Down #2: Cedric Alexander
There’s no end in sight to Alexander’s slide down the card that began two months ago at the Clash of Champions pre-show. Alexander has taken losses on two consecutive episodes of Raw, to Buddy Murphy and Andrade. This week’s match with Andrade fell short of four minutes, portraying Alexander as a pushover. Alexander’s entrance wasn’t even aired on TV the week before that in the match with Murphy.
Alexander used to be in their shoes, as a younger star who was getting favorable booking on Raw. It feels like those days are well behind us.
Stock Down #1: Sin Cara
Sin Cara has let it be known that he wants out of WWE, and I can’t blame him. He has played the role of jobber on Raw for four consecutive weeks. Looking through the data on CageMatch.net, the last televised wins I can find for Sin Cara took place in October 2017 against Baron Corbin. It’s reached the point where the gimmick and the mask don’t hold much value.
If the rumors that there are three years left on his contract with WWE are true, then Sin Cara will likely be stuck unhappy in this same role for quite a while.
Now let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Mustafa Ali & Shorty G
Ali regained his first name and then got a much-needed tag team victory with Shorty G against former Raw tag champs, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. Shorty G and Ali needed a win to give them some credibility as members of Team SmackDown at Survivor Series, so this week’s (Nov. 15) match was straightforward but effective booking.
Stock Up #2: Randy Orton
The Viper is toying with Ricochet via mind games and fake RKO’s. This week’s (Nov. 11) Raw ended with Orton teasing that he would RKO Ricochet, but planting AJ Styles with one instead. Ricochet came off as rather naive in his backstage interaction with Orton, whereas Randy is the big star who is in complete control of the situation.
Stock Up #1: CM Punk
This wasn’t exactly the return to the ring that many fans envisioned for the last five years, but CM Punk’s appearance on WWE Backstage was a huge moment that broke the world. We still don’t know if he’ll ever don the tights again inside a WWE ring, but Punk’s return to WWE television is a big freakin’ deal and could help lay the groundwork towards a stronger relationship between the two parties down the line. For now we’ll have to settle for him trying to analyze terrible Baron Corbin segments each week.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?