Some locations do energy rankings. Right here at Cageside, we do a inventory report.
On this weekly sequence, we determine three Superstars (or teams of Superstars) who’re on their means up, and three which might be shifting in the wrong way. After a busy week that included Commander Azeez profitable the Nigerian Medal of Honor, Humberto Carrillo’s match stopped early because of a legitimate damage, and a WrestleMania rematch between Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre, quite a lot of fortunes had been modified.
With that in thoughts, let’s see whose inventory has elevated essentially the most this week:
Inventory Up #3: Shinsuke Nakamura
Nakamura was pinned by King Corbin again this week (May 14) on SmackDown, which isn’t nice, however then he made a long-lasting impression by stealing the king’s crown and demonstrating the proper way to mannequin such an extravagant treasure.
Inventory Up #2: Jinder Mahal
Jinder Mahal returned to Uncooked this week (May 10) with a victory over Jeff Hardy, and the fashionable day Maharaja introduced some bigger friends with him this time. It’s arduous to know precisely what sort of push Jinder will obtain in his newest run in WWE, however he’s already talking about the WWE championship, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see him combine it up with Drew McIntyre quickly sufficient.
Inventory Up #1: Tamina & Natalya
Tamina & Natalya acquired a big spotlight on SmackDown final evening, beating Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler to win the Girls’s tag crew titles. They minimize a babyface promo afterwards to hype up Tamina’s first main title win (sorry 24/7 title followers, however jobber gold doesn’t depend). Tamina and Natalya now have a chance to extend their presence in WWE by showing on each Uncooked and SmackDown every week, simply as Jax and Baszler have beforehand performed all through 2021.
Now let’s see whose inventory has decreased essentially the most this week:
Inventory Down #3: The previous members of RETRIBUTION
The previous RETRIBUTION members are struggling to take care of relevance on WWE tv.
MACE and T-BAR had a glimpse of hope after they picked a battle with Drew McIntyre on Uncooked shortly after WrestleMania 37 and removed their stupid masks. However they’ve now vanished once more during the last two weeks.
Mia Yim was rumored to debut on SmackDown every of the final two weeks, bit it nonetheless hasn’t occurred. WWE doesn’t seem to have any concept on what to do along with her; she has wrestled in zero matches in 2021.
SLAPJACK can be rumored to be making the move to SmackDown however has but to indicate up.
Mustafa Ali is holding down the fort on Main Event in matches in opposition to Ricochet that almost all WWE followers do not know even exist.
The collective plight of those wrestlers exhibits how arduous it may be to bounce again from a failed gimmick.
Inventory Down #2: Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler has been pinned by each Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio in separate singles matches during the last two weeks. Dolph’s insistence that Dominik is an inexperienced youngster who doesn’t belong in WWE solely makes it look worse for Dolph when he loses, and the commentators even puzzled when Robert Roode goes to activate this loser. That is very dangerous means for a defending champion to stroll into his pay-per-view title protection.
Inventory Down #1: Asuka
Asuka confronted Uncooked girls’s champion Rhea Ripley on this week’s episode, with Charlotte Aptitude on the commentary desk. Late within the match, Aptitude distracted Ripley, leaving the champ weak to Asuka’s hip assault.
Distractions are tantamount to on the spot failure for a lot of wrestlers in WWE. However Ripley was in a position to overcome that distraction (and Asuka’s transient benefit) to finally win clear with Riptide. Asuka seemed dangerous sufficient right here that even Batista referred to as out WWE’s reserving on Instagram:
This end begs the query, why precisely is Asuka worthy of another championship match on Sunday at WrestleMania Backlash? It’s comprehensible why so many followers aren’t giving Asuka a lot of an opportunity to win the title again in that match.
There you’ve it, Cagesiders. Whose inventory do you assume has modified essentially the most this week?