WWE Stock Watch: Curtis Axel, Cody Rhodes, the Shield and More

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2013

WWE Night of Champions makes for a pivotal stock watch, with big names taking big dives while the nontraditional main eventers make for some interesting penny-stock investments. 

Curtis Axel should stand to benefit from his involvement in a main event caliber feud with CM Punk and Paul Heyman.  He may not be over, but rubbing elbows with a star like Punk will only help his value.  As far as the Intercontinental title’s stock?  Well, that may be a lost cause. 

Cody Rhodes saw a stock upgrade despite not even being on Raw.  Dustin “Goldust” Rhodes’ compelling effort to get his brother’s job back kept Rhodes relevant in his absence and will only continue to build sympathy for him ahead of his return. 

As far as downgrades, The Shield has seen a steady decline since being reduced to Triple H’s security, as he referred to them this past week on Raw.  In order for this once-hot stable to benefit from their involvement with The Corporation, they’ll need to do more than just stand around. 

Also declining is the entire babyface roster.  They should be (kayfabe) ashamed of themselves for their lack of sustained action in the face of authority and have been made to look weak.