WWE Power Rankings: Stock Up/Stock Down on the Top 21 WWE Superstars Right Now
Main eventers have been dropping like flies and because of WWE has been pushing superstars up to the main event at a rate faster than they ever have.
Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, and Batista all were going strong with WWE two years ago and have since left. Other wrestlers like The Undertaker and Triple H are at a turning point in their careers, appearing only on special occasions (although they are still on the roster.) Regardless of the reason, the main event scene has been changing... a lot.
In this slideshow we'll take a look at 21 of the biggest stars in WWE right now and at their "value."
Stock Up: John Cena
We'll start with the biggest star in WWE.
John Cena recently won the WWE Championship and defended it, after nearly a year of being out of the WWE Championship picture.
2010 wasn't exactly Cena's year, as it was spent mostly dragging out a completely overdone feud with Wade Barrett and The Nexus, so looking at the big picture, Cena is on the rise.
Stock Up: R-Truth
R-Truth is definetly a rising star.
He will receive a one-on-one WWE Championship, pay-per-view main event in just under two weeks.
I'll admit I was never a fan of Truth's, but his new character is definitely getting over with the fans, including myself.
Hopefully WWE will be able to sustain R-Truth's new-found main event position after his feud with John Cena ends.
Stock Up: The Great Khali
A few years ago The Great Khali had the gimmick a 7'3" wrestler should have. He was a destructive force that demolished everything. Sure, he couldn't wrestle, and no one was happy when he was given the World Heavyweight Championship, but he had a gimmick that made sense.
He has since become the "Pubjabi Playboy", which, needless to say didn't fit.
With the debut of Jinder Mahal, it looks like Khali is in the place he should be. He has a legit gimmick, but also isn't a World Champion (which he should not be, as he has the wrestling ability of a cucumber.)
Stock Up: Jinder Mahal
It would be hard to loose value when you made your debut a few week ago, but nonetheless Jinder Mahal's stock is up.
While he hasn't been put directly into the main event like Sheamus or Alberto Del Rio were, WWE still invested in him and rather than gradually introducing him, they popped him right into a storyline with The Great Khali.
Stock Down: Kharma
Kharma's stock is down, way, way, way down.
She'll be out for about one year because of her pregnancy, and while that's great for Kia Stevens personally, it won't help Kharma's WWE career.
On top of being out of action for months and months, she had to tell the crowd on Raw the reason she would be out, and telling everyone it was always your dream to have a baby didn't exactly fit her gimmick which was a mysterious, angry, and powerful one.
Don't get me wrong, it's awesome for her personally, but it's not about to help her WWE career.
Stock Down: Cody Rhodes
Generally, his stock has risen immensely over the past few months, but looking at the recent picture, it's not as great as it was a few months ago.
Two months ago, he defeated Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania. Two weeks ago he lost to Daniel Bryan on Smackdown... by submission.
Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes was a main event. Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes is an upper mid-card feud. It's not bad, but it's a step down from where he was.
Stock Up: Ted DiBiase
Ted DiBiase had a great 2009 and 2010, and he even looked like the star of Legacy, but after the group broke up, DiBiase faded into oblivion.
He has recently been appearing on Smackdown with Cody Rhodes, and even though it's a loss, he's appearing on TV weekly and that's better than being on Superstars every other week.
Stock Down: The Big Show
The Big Show is currently out with an injury, so needless to say his stock is falling.
Along with Kane, he also recently dropped the WWE Tag Team Championships.
Stock Down: Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler has been on the decline since being moved to Raw.
On Smackdown, he was able to excel and even found himself in the World Heavyweight Championship Match at the Royal Rumble. That match against Edge, by the way, turned out to be great and showed that Ziggler has what it took.
Since then he has just been around the mid-card doing nothing much at all.
Stock Down: Wade Barrett
In 2010 Wade Barrett won Season One of NXT, lead The Nexus, and feuded with John Cena. Then he was moved to Smackdown when The Nexus split into The New Nexus and The Corre.
On Smackdown Barrett has been on TV weekly, and certainly is not doing bad for himself, but he is not at the level he should be at after his monster push in 2010.
Stock Up: Sheamus
Sheamus is another wrestler who received a monster push in 2010.
Like Barrett, Sheamus also faded a bit in early 2011, but he has since re-entered the main event scene (now on Smackdown) and is back on the rise.
Stock Down: Kane
Kane received a push in 2010 to feud with The Undertaker, but after that was put right back in the mid-card.
This year he won the WWE Tag Team Championships with The Big Show, but dropped the belts.
That said, Kane's career may be winding down, so it may not be a bad thing that he isn't main eventing every pay-per-view.
Stock Down: John Morrison
John Morrison is currently out with an injury, thus his stock has fallen.
Hopefully he comes back with better mic skills, as that is the biggest thing holding Morrison back from excelling to the main event in WWE.
Stock Up: Sin Cara
Sin Cara is an amazing talent who recently made his debut.
He may not be in the main event, but he is right where a new superstar should be two months after his debut.
WWE clearly has faith in Cara, and he is seemingly over with the crowd, so a push is probably in store for Sin Cara.
Stock Down: Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston is still in the mid-card.
It's debatable to say whether his stock is down or just neutral, but it certainly isn't rising.
Stock Down: Jack Swagger
Jack Swagger is in an awkward spot.
He was the World Heavyweight Champion in 2010, but dropped the title because he simply wasn't very over with the crowd.
He recently had a prominent role in the Lawler vs. Cole feud, but considering where he was this time last year, Swagger's stock is down.
Stock Up: Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan had an interesting 2010. He debuted, was fired, rehired, and even on the United States Chamoionship.
But since dropping the US Title, he has just kind of been "there." Not in any big storylines, not winning every week or jobbing every week, he was just there.
He has been winning on Smackdown lately, though, and it looks like WWE is going to put him into a full-blown feud with Cody Rhodes.
Stock Up: Zack Ryder
Eric Bischoff recently made a statement that was, well, true.
He said that the IWC is irrelevant (that's not the true part). The true part of his statement was the fact that the IWC is not even close to the majority of the fans, we are just the most outspoken group.
Zack Ryder's stock is up because of all steam he's gained online, and it looks as though WWE is getting behind him, but it may not be up as much as we would like, as the other 90 percent of fans who are not members of the IWC may still just think of Ryder as "that guy on Superstars."
His recent antics have at least shown that he does have charisma, though, so overall his stock his up.
Stock Up: Andy Leavine
Andy Leavine, who is a former FCW talent, recently won the return reason of Tough Enough, so needless to say his stock is way up.
Stock Up: Christian
This time last year Christian was still being buried by WWE.
He is finally a main eventer, and although he recently dropped the World Heavyweight Championship he is finally where every fan has wanted him to be for the past years.
Stock Up: Randy Orton
Randy Orton is the World Heavyweight Champion and the face of the Smackdown brand.
Since the WWE Draft, Orton has been on the rise.
Stock Up: Booker T
Booker T is not a very good announcer. In between every word he feels the compulsive need to say "right now" and is generally just hard to understand.
He has a match on Raw, though, hopefully indicating that he will be ditching the headset and the suit for the trunks.
He's an amazing wrestler, but not a very good announcer... at all.
The revival of his in-ring career puts his stock on the rise.
Stock Down: CM Punk
CM Punk needs a pay-per-view win.
Until that happens, and WWE shows signs of really getting behind Punk and acknowledging him as one of the company's top wrestlers, Punk's stock will decline or remain the same, but not rise.
Stock Up: The Miz
The Miz is currently feuding with Alex Riley, and considering Riley is still unestablished, the storyline is doing surprisingly well, keeping fans interested.
It's not a WWE Championship match, but that doesn't mean it can't be a great feud, with an awesome storyline.
Stock Up: Alex Riley
A month ago Alex Riley was The Miz's sidekick.
In a month from now, it looks like Riley can be a main eventer himself.
He is currently feuding with The Miz and proving that he can more than carry out a successful singles fued.
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