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 that included Mustafa Ali attacking Dolph Ziggler backstage, Kevin Owens single-handedly taking out The Bloodline while signing the contract, and Hit Row actually winning the match, a lot of fortunes changed.
With that in mind, let’s see which stock fell the most this week:
Stock #3: Ronda Rousey
Another week has passed and Ronda Rousey is still missing from WWE TV. It hasn’t appeared yet since it was dropped SmackDown Women’s Championship to Charlotte Flair on December 30.
There is only one episode out SmackDown left before Royal RumbleBaddest Woman on the Planet looks set to miss one of WWE’s biggest events of the year, despite no signs of injury. WWE is supposed to pay top stars like Rousey big bucks to be booked at major stadium shows like this one, so her absence from TV stands out and is very interesting to think about.
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Warehouse #2: Elias
Elias has been struggling to win matches since his return to WWE, and on this week’s (January 16) episode of raw He was fed to Omos. Perhaps his younger brother Ezekiel would be better off if he could compete now.
Stock #1: Butch & Ridge Holland
Now that Sheamus is doing bigger and better things in the tag team division with Drew McIntyre, fellow Brawling Brutes come as a secondary act. It is not surprising that Butch and the Netherlands were eliminated in the first round of the Champions League SmackDown tag team tournament without having their captain there to lead them to victory.
Now let’s see who has gained the most this week:
Stock #3: Cody Rhodes
WWE has announced that Cody Rhodes will return as one of the participants in the men’s Royal Rumble match. Cody is an instant favorite to win the all-around and the main event WrestleMania 39especially given recent reports that The Rock are less likely to work at the event.
Stock #2: Banger Bros. (Sheamus & Drew McIntyre)
The Banger Bros. had a crackdown with the Viking Raiders in the first round of the tournament to determine the number one contenders on SmackDown Team titles tag. Sheamus and McIntyre look like the strongest team still alive in the tournament. Now that The Usos are defending two sets of tag belts, the possibility that Sheamus and McIntyre can go all the way and take the gold in the tournament increases exponentially.
Stocking No. 1: Bray Wyatt and LA Nate
Bray Wyatt brings back Firefly Funhouse this week (Jan 20) SmackDown To impress him match Mountain Dew Pitch Black at Royal RumbleAfter that time, this question will be closed. Returning to Wyatt’s fun house was both hilarious and unsettling, creating anticipation for what was to come Royal Rumble. L.A. Knight did their part as well, effectively selling the match with a quick promo in the ring before crushing Factor.
There you have it, Cagesiders. Who do you think changed the most this week?