Some places do strength ratings. Here at Cageside, we do an inventory report.
In this weekly series, we identify three superstars (or groups of superstars) who are on their way up, and three who are moving in the opposite direction. After a busy week of Liv Morgan announcing her spot in the Royal Rumble match, Vince McMahon’s return to the WWE Board of Directors, and Dominic Mysterio claiming to be a changed man after going through a hard time, a lot of fortunes have changed.
With that in mind, let’s see which stock fell the most this week:
Bottom Stock No. 3: Top Dolla
Ricochet defeated Dolla Quickly on Last Night (January 6) SmackDownand thus failed to qualify for the Royal Rumble match. Hit Row turned heel after the match, which takes some of the sting away from such a crucial loss, but Top’s work in the ring continues to send the message that he can’t cut it in the main roster. Michael Cole appears to be shadowing him (due to his infamous story) throughout the broadcast in unrelated segments, seemingly piling on the guy rather than helping him get over it.
Stock #2: Baron Corbin
raw The new year kicked off with another episode where Baron Corbin was nowhere to be seen. Corbyn did not wrestle raw In just over a month, he was on the losing end of his last two matches before disappearing from television. Corbin competed in several house shows at the end of December, so this seems to be a case where WWE Creative has nothing for him on TV at the moment. Due to the fact that rawA three hour runtime is always too long and there’s plenty of time to fill it, it’s such a bad sign for Barron’s relatively new alliance with JBL that WWE has already run out of ideas.
Stock #1: Emma and Madcap Moss
Emma has lost all five of her televised matches since returning to WWE in October. Madcap Moss has not won a televised match since September. Their job is to lose, and that’s what they did together this week SmackDown in a mixed tag team match against Karrion Cross and Scarlett.
Now let’s see who has gained the most this week:
Stocking #3: Alexa Place
It was easy to single out Alexa Bliss as a one-and-done protester and up-and-coming act this week (January 2) raw Women’s Title match against Bianca Belair. And while Bliss didn’t win the title, she did lay the groundwork for a more important rematch in the future, possibly on pay-per-views at Royal Rumble.
Bliss accomplished this by disqualifying herself and brutally assaulting Bianca after the match, to the point where the champion bled out and required multiple stitches. Afterwards, Bliss implied that she may have faked Bray Wyatt’s mind control aspect of the whole thing just to get into the hero’s head. Alexa is still a huge underdog whenever they wrestle back, but the story here is a lot more interesting now.
Stock #2: Austin Theory
United States Champion Austin Theory defeated Seth Rollins in the main event raw to hold the belt. Theory did all the cheating himself to find a way to get the job done, instead of relying on being lucky like he did when he won the gold medal at the start Survivor Series.
Stocking #1: Bloodline
WWE followed up on Roman Reigns’ rare loss by making sure The Bloodline dominated the competition this week on TV. Solo Sikoa took care of working against Elias in a Street Fight, and the Usos retained their titles against the Banger Bros. SmackDownSami Zayn joined Jimmy and J for a six-man win over Kevin Owens and the Street Profits on raw.
On top of all of that was the added plot in the Reigns/Zayn storyline, where Roman apologized for the snap on the titular Uce, setting up a big Sami vs KO match next week. This is still the best storyline in WWE.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Who do you think changed the most this week?