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WWE Stock Report: LA Knight's Destruction of Wyatt Was Right

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Some places do power ratings. Here at Cageside, we do an inventory report.

In this weekly series, we identify three Superstars (or groups of Superstars) that are moving up and three that are moving in the opposite direction. After a busy week that included Alexa Bliss earning a future title shot, Xia Li attacking Tegan Nox in disguise, and Miz admitting he gets an allowance from Maryse, many fortunes have changed.

With that in mind, let’s see which stock has dropped the most this week:

Stock Down #3: Bray Wyatt

The main positive that stands out in the current rivalry between LA Knight and Bray Wyatt is that Knight is very skilled on the microphone. On last night’s (Dec. 16) episode of Smash he said the following about Wyatt:

“But let’s go ahead and put it all in perspective. Bray Wyatt, you are a former WWE Champion. You are one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time. And to be honest, his recent comeback, one of the most talked about comebacks of all time. Yet all you’ve done since you got back is dressed like a freaking circus freak. You complained and cried with your victim complex. You said a lot of nonsense that never gets to the point.

Knight is the heel in this story, but it’s hard to argue with his point here. Wyatt had a spectacular return to WWE two months ago, but hasn’t done much since.

This week’s angle revealed that Uncle Howdy and Bray Wyatt are two different people. The weird way it played out was a little disappointing, with Howdy laughing onstage for a long time while Wyatt remained sitting in the corner of the ring after being stomped by Knight.

This could all be leading to a Pitch Black match in royal rumble🇧🇷 That event is still six weeks away, so Wyatt’s story can continue to move at a snail’s pace.

Stock Down #2: Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley lost a number one contender’s match against Seth Rollins this week (Dec. Crude🇧🇷 He was then sacked and sacked by Adam Pearce within the span of 24 hours. That last part was pretty confusing, so it’s not really clear what’s going on here.

Stock Down #1: Hit Row, Viking Raiders, Legado del Fantasma

Hit Row defeated both of these teams in Smash to earn a tag team title shot against The Usos. The main problem here is that Hit Row had a pretty bad match, with Top Dolla in particular looking like he doesn’t belong on WWE’s main roster. The other teams also look like minor leaguers when they lose against such an unimpressive team. There’s been a recent rumor about Triple H being disappointed with some of the wrestlers he’s recently brought back to WWE, and it’s tempting to assume Hit Row tops that list of disappointing returns.

Now let’s see which stock rose the most this week:

Stock Up #3: Rhea Ripley & Dominik Mysterio

Ripley and Dominik took falls wins this week over Asuka and Akira Tozawa, respectively, advancing in their current effort as part of Judgment Day.

The fun part came after Asuka spit her green mist into Dom’s eyes; Dominik yelled for Mami’s help backstage as he mocked the WWE official trying to administer eye drops. Ripley was very protective of her pet, while Damian Priest could only offer useless words of encouragement. This type of comedic scene may seem minor, but it helps the audience form a stronger connection with the fighters.

Stock #2: John Cena and Kevin Owens

Kevin Owens had a really good week. He started off with renewed exasperation about all the Elias/Ezekiel identity drama earlier this year, before saving Elias from The Bloodline and being shocked by that alleged lying liar.

Owens ended the week by choosing John Cena as his tag team partner to face Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn on the December 30 episode of Smash🇧🇷 It’s going to be sensational as the biggest WWE television match of 2022.

Stock #1: GUNTHER & Ricochet

Vince McMahon never quite figured out that the best way to beat Ricochet is to send him out there to show off his spectacular moves and put on big fights. Ricochet has been doing a lot of that lately, including last night at Smash in an exciting championship fight against GUNTHER. Meanwhile, GUNTHER is doing exactly what he set out to accomplish, which is restoring the credibility of the Intercontinental Championship and dominating WWE.

There you go, Cagesiders. Which stock do you think changed the most this week?