Stop me if you have heard this one before.
A Russian, an Irishman and a Brit all walk into a wrestling arena, trying to salvage their careers.
It's the common theme among Rusev, Sheamus and Bad New Barrett these days in WWE. It speaks volumes about where they have been and where they are today.
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With the news of his engagement to Lana made public, there is no other reason for the plunge Rusev has taken other than he is being punished by WWE for his love life being scattered all over TMZ.
The other two are prime examples of how poor booking, injuries and overthinking have all but killed potentially great talent.
These are facts, Three solid heels with potential, titles and heat have been all but cooled in a company that needs more dominant characters, but is settling for mediocrity.
Monday night on Raw, we saw stories being told about forward thinking. With these three, I believe the bar has been pushed back a few rungs.
What do you do with wrestlers who can squash opponents like King King Bundy used to do? You put them in meaningless six-man tag matches and have them open pay-per-view events as a message to the fans that these guys aren't worth it anymore.
What a sad commentary. Maybe a heel stable with Lana as their manager is just what these three need?
Barrett was on his way to becoming a WWE champion before an injury derailed his progress and he was a forgotten man. Even the Intercontinental Title couldn't save him from irrelevance.
The same can be said for Sheamus, who was a likeable fella (see what I did there?) before a major injury cost him time in the ring and allowed other performers to step up and outshine him.
Wrestling is a business where promoters cannot wait for success to come back to them. They need to move beyond the possible outcome.
Sheamus got caught up in the fact he was a cartoon character miscast in a new WWE when he would have been perfect in the 1980s circus.
The Money in the Bank contract he carries with him means nothing, because if it did, he would have been in the main event Monday night with Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro and Kevin Owens. Watch the Great White cash in and fail at some point, just to see the angle go away.
Rusev is the biggest disappointment of them all. The Russian with the barrel chest and huge potential was dominated everyone, even took John Cena to the limit before falling to the American hero.
But bad story lines, a love triangle that made soap operas look enjoyable and a decision to make his engagement to Lana public did him in.
I wanted to blame John Cena on this, but he isn't the problem in this case and could have been a solution had WWE planned to pit anyone of these three against him at Hell in a Cell.
That didn't happen either.
Three wrestlers, three wasted talents and three performers who could be jobbing for everyone in the near future.
As Roman Reigns gets set to move into the Gorilla position as the company's top draw, these three guys have more charisma and better in ring skills. All it does is make you wonder what the hell happened?
It also makes you wonder if WWE got it wrong with booking and poor decision making.These guys are too good to stand outside the ring. Heck they aren't outside the ring, they are up the ramp somewhere trying to find their way down the aisle.