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WWE Stock Report: Roman Reigns Became a Super Babyface Without Lifting a Finger

Some places have power rankings. Here at Cageside we do a stock report.

In this weekly series, we’ll profile three Superstars (or groups of Superstars) who are on the rise, and three who are heading in the opposite direction. After a busy week that saw Uncle Howdy interview Bo Dallas, Damian Priest and Seth Rollins raise the stakes at Money in the Bank, and NBA stars step into the ring on SmackDown at Madison Square Garden, a lot has changed.

With that in mind, let’s see whose stocks fell the most this week:

Stock Drop No. 3: Santos Escobar

Santos Escobar failed to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match this week and appears to be stuck in a lower card storyline against Baron Corbin and Apollo Crews.

Stock Drop No. 2: The Miz & R-Truth

The Miz and R-Truth had a largely forgettable run as World Tag Team Champions and it ended on this week’s Raw with a largely forgettable main event match.

Stock drop #1: Jade Cargill and Bianca Belair

Neither Cargill nor Belair will be participating in this year’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match after losing their respective qualifying matches. While this frees them up to continue chasing the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles, those belts don’t really mean much. Unless WWE breaks up this team ASAP, it looks like they won’t be part of a major program at SummerSlam.

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

Stock No. 3: Tiffany Stratton

It may have been a coincidence, but Stratton’s push seemed to stall after the controversial social media post last month. She was able to bounce back last night (June 28) on SmackDown by qualifying for the Money in the Bank ladder match. Tiffany is a strong candidate for the MITB contract and she could also have Nia Jax by her side, who could help her win more matches in the coming months.

Stock No. 2: Liv Morgan

Liv means it when she says she wants to take everything away from Rhea Ripley. Not only is she trying to take Rhea away from Dirty D by pressuring Dominik Mysterio, but Liv may also be trying to replace Rhea entirely in The Judgment Day.

Because of this, Morgan was heavily involved in The Judgment Day’s affairs throughout this week’s Raw, even pulling the strings to arrange the match that resulted in Finn Balor and JD McDonagh winning the World Tag Team Titles in the main event. Damian Priest is a member of The Judgment Day who doesn’t really fall for Liv’s plans, but he might not be able to stop her if he gets kicked out of the group by losing to Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank.

Stock No. 1: Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns has been off WWE television since losing the Undisputed WWE Title to Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania 40. Despite Roman’s current absence and his status as a top heel in WWE when we last saw him in April, last night’s episode of SmackDown made it pretty clear that Reigns is already super hot as a babyface. And he did it without even showing up or lifting a finger!

Did you hear how loudly the live audience cheered when Paul Heyman refused to acknowledge Solo Sikoa as his Tribal Chief? The Bloodline’s heated attack on Heyman suggests that Reigns will be back on television sooner rather than later, and WWE fans can’t wait to cheer on the real Tribal Chief.

There you have it, Cagesiders. Which stock do you think moved the most this week?

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