Dwight Gayle's double allowed West Brom to emerge victorious from a clash of two relegated clubs at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies and Stoke are both hoping for instant returns from the Championship, but on the evidence of the first six games, the former look the most likely and won this 2-1.
On-loan striker Gayle scored in the 16th and 59th minutes, while Benik Afobe missed a penalty for Stoke, with Erik Pieters adding a consolation just as time was up. Gary Rowett's men have one win from six.
Dwight Gayle scored twice for West Brom to beat Stoke 2-1 at The Hawthorns
On-loan striker Gayle scored in 16th and 59th minutes to ensure Baggies got all three points
Aston Villa had a chastening afternoon as they lost 4-1 at Sheffield United.
Villa have been active in the transfer market in the wake of their financial worries being resolved, but were humbled in South Yorkshire.
Jack O'Connell set the tone six minutes in and Mark Duffy added a deflected second.