Some locations do energy rankings. Right here at Cageside, we do a inventory report.
On this weekly collection, we establish three Superstars (or teams of Superstars) who’re on their manner up, and three which might be shifting in the wrong way. After a busy week that included Bob Lashley working the gauntlet, Natalya dressing up as Ronda Rousey, and Becky Lynch failing to qualify for the Cash within the Financial institution ladder match, plenty of fortunes have been modified.
With that in thoughts, let’s see whose inventory elevated probably the most this week:
Inventory Up #3: Viking Raiders
The Viking Raiders returned to SmackDown as heels final evening (June 24), attacking the New Day and Shanky whereas they have been busy dancing and having a very good time within the ring. What a bunch of jerks. Let’s see if Erik and Ivar’s upcoming push lasts for greater than just some weeks.
Inventory Up #2: Sami Zayn
Zayn is a vital fixture on SmackDown tv because of the best way he not too long ago pressured himself into the Bloodline’s enterprise. The honorary Uce certified for the Cash within the Financial institution ladder match by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura final evening. Given WWE’s tendency to by no means have Roman Reigns drop a championship, there’s a believable state of affairs the place Zayn truly wins the ladder match and chooses to guard Reigns for the subsequent yr by not cashing within the contract for a world title match.
Inventory Up #1: Ezekiel & Elias
Elias returned to Uncooked this week (June 20) to carry out a live performance. Not solely did he wow the viewers along with his musical experience, however he additionally helped Ezekiel show as soon as and for all that they don’t seem to be the identical particular person. Kevin Owens was apoplectic after Elias blasted him with a guitar, and he challenged both of them (or their different brother Elrod) to a match subsequent week on Uncooked.
WWE has carried out an important job with this whole story, which one can argue has been probably the most entertaining factor on their weekly tv reveals since WrestleMania 38.
Now let’s see whose inventory decreased probably the most this week:
Inventory Down #3: Ciampa
Ciampa’s principal roster gimmick appears to contain attacking babyfaces from behind, not reducing promos to clarify his motivations, not getting a televised ring entrance for his matches, and doing the job in lower than 5 minutes. For sure, he’s not getting over. At this level it seems like the perfect he can hope for is being a lackey for The Miz. Yikes.
Inventory Down #2: The Judgment Day
It was a tough week for The Judgment Day. First, Rhea Ripley was changed by Carmella within the Uncooked girls’s championship match at Cash within the Financial institution. Then Finn Balor adopted up on his heel flip by shedding a tag staff match (with Damian Priest) by way of disqualification on Fundamental Occasion.
Inventory Down #1:
Riddle was scorching popping out of final week’s WWE Common championship match in opposition to Roman Reigns, and the very spectacular scores information indicated the title match was an enormous success.
So how did WWE observe up on Riddle’s momentum this week? They booked him to be dominated and lose in about 4 minutes in opposition to Omos in a Cash within the Financial institution qualifying match. Omos even hit his ending transfer on Riddle yet one more time after the match was over, as a result of why not? Seth Rollins then got here out and beat up Riddle too.
I suppose WWE thinks Riddle was protected as a result of the commentators blamed his lackluster efficiency on accidents sustained in final week’s title match. And there are worse locations to be than arrange for a match with Seth Rollins at SummerSlam. However this was a important week to capitalize on Riddle’s scorching streak and push him more durable in direction of that principal occasion star degree, they usually as a substitute beat him into the bottom a number of instances like a jabroni. That is the most recent instance of why WWE struggles to create new principal occasion stars.
There you could have it, Cagesiders. Whose inventory do you assume modified probably the most this week?
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