WWE is currently losing a war of attrition to the most heinous of enemies: injury.
Daniel Bryan is still out indefinitely (and may never return for all we know), Seth Rollins is on the shelf until well after WrestleMania due to a devastating knee injury, and now Randy Orton and Cesaro are out for reportedly up to six months with shoulder injuries.
With a medical chart this full of top stars--along with John Cena taking a brief respite from the business to pursue other opportunities--you would think WWE would fill the vacuum of star power with some of their talents that are just waiting for a chance to shine. However, there are a number that have clearly displayed potential for great things that are all but forgotten at this point.
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A two-time former World Heavyweight Champion, Ziggler has been mired in meaningless feuds for quite a while now. Rumors have been circulating since he dropped the title in 2013 that he is regarded by management as "snake bit," meaning they are afraid to push him to the top again due to his history of injuries (particularly concussions).
However, he has faithfully served as a utility player and has continued to turn in show-stealing performances in match after match since falling from the top. With the way he throws himself around a ring, one would think two years would be enough time to rebuild trust in the durability of his body.
Also a former World Heavyweight Champion, Swagger seemed to be on his way back to the top when he was thrown into a feud with Rusev last year. This served as a high-profile feud for Rusev but Swagger, despite putting on stellar performances in his losses to the Bulgarian Brute, was all but forgotten after their issues were settled.
He has only recently returned to television, and it appears now that he will be feuding with Alberto Del Rio. Here is hoping that he gets a chance to succeed now.
The Man Who Gravity Forgot, while not large in stature, has an impressive arsenal of aerial moves and an energy that few can match between the ropes. Despite this, Neville cannot seem to find a position to compete for even mid-card titles right now. He earned a victory over Mark Henry on this week's Monday Night Raw, but who doesn't these days?
The Boss seems anything but by the way she is being booked right now. Banks is easily one of the most talented female workers to come to WWE since...maybe ever, but she seems lost in the shuffle while the sometimes stale feud between Paige and Charlotte continues to dominate the spotlight.
This one pretty much explains itself. He is currently one of the most entertaining mic workers this side of Paul Heyman and has done every dirty job the WWE brass have lined him up for, yet still can't catch a break even when the narrative of current booking pretty much demands it.
Watching the Wyatt Family job to Kane and Undertaker at this point in either teams' respective careers fails the common sense test in every imaginable way.