WWE Stock Watch: Ranking 10 Superstars Who Are Moving Up or Down (May 30)
Aside from the thousands of replays of Big Show's heel turn, Over the Limit is officially a thing of the past.
That means that we can now move on to No Way Out, which is exactly what we're doing.
The buildup to the WWE's next pay-per-view has already started, and it's pretty obvious which superstars will be pushed as we near the PPV and which ones, well, won't.
Those being pushed are going to see their stock get elevated to new heights, while those getting buried are going to plummet down the rankings.
So, let's take a look at who's doing what with this week's WWE Stock Watch.
NOTE: As always, this week's rankings take into account Monday's Raw and last Friday's SmackDown.
5. Stock Down: Randy Orton
Randy Orton once again looks poised to get lost in the shuffle.
He did all the work at the end of that Triple Threat No. 1 Contender's match on SmackDown, but Alberto Del Rio sneaked in and got the pin, ending Orton's chances of getting a title shot at No Way Out.
Of course, news then broke that Chris Jericho had been suspended for 30 days for the Brazilian flag incident, which gave Orton a pointless appearance on Raw in which he nailed The Miz with an RKO.
With Jericho out and Orton's brief feud with Sheamus seemingly over, "The Viper" is back to having nothing to do again.
The creative team doesn't seem to know what to do with him lately, and that's really hurting his momentum as a result.
5. Stock Up: Dolph Ziggler
I know that Dolph Ziggler lost again on Monday's Raw, but that might have been the best loss he's had in a while.
Why? Because of what happened afterward.
After Jack Swagger took the pin in the WWE Tag Team Championship match, the WWE planted the seeds of a Ziggler/Swagger breakup by having Ziggler walk away saying, "I'm Dolph Ziggler! I'm better than this!"
I've felt for months now that Ziggler was ready to move on from Swagger and Vickie Guerrero in order to break out as a main event singles star, and it looks like the WWE is finally pulling the trigger on that.
Ziggler definitely deserves it, too. He's one of the best talents in the WWE.
4. Stock Down: David Otunga
David Otunga jobbed to John Cena in less than two minutes on last week's Raw, and he continued to job on this week's show, too.
Otunga was fed to Sheamus, who demolished him in a short squash match on Raw, effectively sending him back to jobber status.
While it looked like Otunga was headed for a big push not too long ago, he's now back in the role as the cocky heel who gets destroyed every week.
That's good news for us, because it calms any fears about Otunga getting a run with a title. But it's obviously not great news for Otunga.
He's where he belongs, though, because his in-ring work has been even sloppier than usual as of late.
4. Stock Up: Christian
Anyone else think that Big Show and Christian essentially flip-flopped roles?
I sure do, because Christian is now the upper midcard heel who's beating jobbers and other midcarders, which is pretty much the exact role that Big Show has filled on SmackDown over much of the last year.
Christian continued his hot streak this week be easily defeating Hunico on SmackDown and then doing the same to The Miz on Raw.
The WWE is clearly still trying to get the fans acclimated to Christian as a baby face by consistently putting him over heels, and it seems to be working.
The crowd seems to like Christian as a face, and Captain Charisma has obviously done well in that role so far.
3. Stock Down: CM Punk
It certainly wasn't a horrible week for CM Punk (who was revealed as the cover boy of WWE '13), but it definitely wasn't his greatest week ever, either.
Punk hasn't lost a ton of matches recently, but he suffered a relatively clean loss to Daniel Bryan on this week's Raw.
The match was great, and sure, Bryan exposed the turnbuckle to get the win. But the bottom line is that Punk lost, and Bryan now has a future WWE Championship match.
Plus, it was revealed on Raw that Punk will have to defend his WWE Championship against Kane on this Friday's SmackDown.
With two challengers and a bit of an ongoing rivalry with John Laurinaitis, things have certainly looked better for Punk.
3. Stock Up: Sheamus
All Sheamus does is win.
The Great White has been kicking arse over the last several months, and he did so again this week. Three times.
On last Friday's SmackDown, Sheamus beat Jack Swagger in a really good singles match and then attacked Alberto Del Rio to end the show. Then on Raw, he quickly disposed of David Otunga in a short squash match.
Clearly, the creative team is firmly behind Sheamus right now, who is getting the treatment you would expect for a top star by consistently winning matches.
I'm not sure anyone is on more of a roll right now than Sheamus is.
2. Stock Down: Jack Swagger
Jack Swagger's career is going down the toilet.
Just kidding, but it's been a bad week for the All-American American.
After losing to Sheamus on Friday's SmackDown, he took the pin in his WWE Tag Team Championship match on Raw, which seems like the 10th time that he's done that.
And things only got worse, when Swagger's tag team partner Dolph Ziggler walked out on him after that loss.
Two big losses and what appears to be the beginning of the end of his partnership with Ziggler?
Swagger has certainly seen better days.
2. Stock Up: Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan continues to rule the world.
OK, that may not be entirely true, but he does continue to be booked about as well as anyone on the roster.
After attacking Kane with a chair on SmackDown, Bryan picked up one of his biggest victories in recent memory by defeating CM Punk in singles action on Raw to earn another future WWE Championship match.
While Kane keeps getting in Bryan's business and screwing things up a bit, that hasn't prevented Bryan from continuing his quest to win the WWE Championship.
He's doing big things right now, and with the creative team apparently a big supporter of him, that should continue as we move forward in 2012.
1. Stock Down: The Miz
Whatever the reasoning behind The Miz's recent burial, the fact remains that he's still getting buried.
Things didn't change on this week's Raw, either, when The Miz jobbed to Christian, cut a promo about how badly he's been booked recently and then ate an RKO from Randy Orton.
I'm guessing that was The Miz's parting gift as he heads off to film The Marine 3, and he'll likely be off TV for a while now.
It's unfortunate to see The Miz booked so horribly, but I guess this time off may be just what he needs.
He's so stale right now and has turned into a jobber to the stars of sorts. He needs something to turn his career around, and he needs it soon.
1. Stock Up: The Big Show
We wanted a heel Big Show.
But be careful what you wish for, because that's exactly what we got.
It hasn't even been two weeks since Show turned heel, but he's already demolishing anyone and everyone in his path.
Look no further than Monday's Raw as proof, when Big Show attacked Alex Riley backstage and then single-handedly destroyed Brodus Clay, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth at the end of Raw.
Big Show has evolved into an indestructible monster, and if he's already dismantling John Cena and the WWE tag team champions, I'm kind of nervous about what he may do in the future.
Chances are that he'll continue to wreak havoc on both Raw and SmackDown, and he'll dominate the main event scene for the foreseeable future.
I told you to be careful what you wish for, right?