Cageside's weekly series continues as we evaluate the rise and fall of WWE Superstars, spotlighting who's been bolstered and bruised in the wrestling scene. This week saw some shifting fortunes, with Brock Lesnar's interference in Cody Rhodes' championship aspirations, Otis' loss to Mustafa Ali following a confusing signal from Maxxine Dupri and Chad Gable, and Roman Reigns' self-appointment to a tag team title match at Night of Champions.
Taking a hit this week, Giovanni Vinci and Ludwig Kaiser hold the third spot in our "Stock Down" list. Their recent performances as bodyguards for the headliner villain could have been better. Their losses continued, falling to Owens/Zayn & Street Profits in the absence of their Imperium leader.
The last victorious televised match the duo saw, absent their partner GUNTHER, dates back to January. They've been reduced to easy wins for their opponents, signaling a potential future disciplining from their Ring General when he returns.
Nikki Cross: Stock Drop Rapidly
In the number two spot, Nikki Cross's stocks have fallen. With fresh faces from NXT stepping into the limelight, main roster regulars like Cross find themselves in the unenviable position of making these newbies look good.
A recent match on Raw (May 8) saw her being portrayed as a misfit by Zoey Stark and losing the fight in less than three minutes. Shedding her delusional superhero persona has done little to improve her standing in WWE. Our top spot for stock decline goes to Baron Corbin.
His recent win in Paris sparked a glimmer of hope for a possible reversal in his booking fortunes. However, that glimmer was quickly extinguished after his humiliating defeat in a squash match against Cameron Grimes on the May 12 SmackDown.
On the rise, in the third spot for "Stock Up," we have The Way. Members Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae, and Dexter Lumis had a tough time making a statement leading to WrestleMania. But with Indi Hartwell's arrival to the main roster, The Way is back on Raw, teasing, "He's coming." WWE's creative team has a storyline prepared for them, promising more TV appearances.
In second place for stock increase, Asuka and Becky Lynch have returned solidly to WWE TV after an absence from several Raw and SmackDown episodes. Asuka's heel turn continues her WrestleMania narrative with Bianca Belair on SmackDown, while Lynch's surprise attack on Trish Stratus on Raw has created a buzz.
The top "Stock Up" spot belongs to AJ Styles & Seth Rollins. The WWE this week was focused on narrowing down the list of competitors for the new World Heavyweight Champion title on Raw. Styles and Rollins won two matches, qualifying them for the Night of Champions finals in Saudi Arabia.
Rollins seems the more likely victor, given his Raw roster membership. However, Styles' immediate return to a primary event position after an injury layoff in December 2022 is undoubtedly a sign of great things to come.