Cain A. Knight
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 Guitar on a Pole match, swearing in the Firefly Fun House, and more qualifying matches for Survivor Series, a lot of fortunes were changed.
With that in mind, let’s see whose stock has increased the most this week:
Stock Up #3: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
With a win this week (Nov. 2) on Raw over Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke, Jax and Baszler continue to steamroll the women’s tag team division. Jax later added a dominant singles victory over Lana for good measure, and once again put Lana through a table. It’s not clear which women in WWE can stand up to Jax and Baszler right now.
Stock Up #2: Jey Uso
Despite multiple pay-per-view losses against Roman Reigns, Jey Uso’s push has continued after turning heel. He has beaten Daniel Bryan and Kevin Owens on the last two episodes of SmackDown, who are two potential future opponents for the Universal champion, Roman Reigns. Reigns doesn’t need a new challenger right now because he’s booked against Randy Orton in a non-title match at Survivor Series, but if Uso continues beating the top SmackDown babyfaces, it’s going to create a situation where none of them belong in a title match with Reigns.
If Bryan and Owens can’t beat Uso, then why should I think they can topple Reigns? Other babyfaces like Otis and Rey Mysterio couldn’t even qualify for Survivor Series this week. If none of those babyfaces are good enough to match up with Reigns, then who is left on the blue brand? Big E? Dominik Mysterio? The pickings are slim.
Stock Up #1: Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks successfully defended her SmackDown women’s championship against Bayley on this week’s (Nov. 6) episode. Banks has always struggled to retain her previous singles championships, so she finally got that chip off her shoulder.
Now let’s see whose stock has decreased the most this week:
Stock Down #3: Lars Sullivan
Lars Sullivan’s recent sit-down interviews on SmackDown are awkward as hell. This week’s interview was filled with an excessive amount of heavy breathing, a noticeable lack of upper body clothing, unnecessary shrieking, and a bizarre threat of making his enemies eat bugs and dirt. Lars will likely need to cut good promos to secure an upper card spot in WWE, but so far these interviews make it harder to take him seriously.
Stock Down #2: The Miz & John Morrison
Last week I argued that Miz was not a bigger threat to the top champions in WWE than Otis. WWE bolstered that argument this week by booking Miz and John Morrison to lose in a handicap match against former WWE champion, Drew McIntyre. This is not the first time this year that Miz and Morrison have come up short against a top star in a handicap match. It reinforces once again that Miz and Morrison have no business being booked in one-on-one matches against the top stars in WWE, and that the Money in the Bank briefcase is not better off with Miz.
Stock Down #1: Tucker
Tucker turned heel a couple of weeks ago at Hell in a Cell, and he’s followed that up by instantly becoming a jobber. His ring gears screams out that he is a jobber, and being squashed this week by Ricochet in less than one minute also screams out that he is a jobber. Getting beat up by RETRIBUTION right after the match doesn’t help his cause.
Moving on to more important matters, we need to talk about Tucker’s ass. I was staring at Tucker’s ass for at least half of his match and noticed the word “KNIGHT” emblazoned there. But WWE’s graphics and commentators still only refer to him as “Tucker”, without using that last name. So it’s not even clear what his ring name is supposed to be right now, unless he is going to join RETRIBUTION under the name ASS KNIGHT. That actually might be the best way to salvage Tucker right now.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Whose stock do you think has changed the most this week?