It's been said that the current WWE roster is the most talented group of in-ring workers that the company has ever had. And it's hard to disagree with that sentiment - you've got AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, Shinsuke Nakamura, Ricochet, Konnor of The Ascension... the talent pool is simply unbelievable.
That being said, there is a lot more that goes into being a WWE superstar than having a good look or being slick between the ropes. You've also got to have charisma, you've got to be able to tell a story in both your matches and your promos, you need to have a well-developed character, a purpose, and so on and so forth. But even if you check off all of these boxes, even if you do everything right, you can still slide down WWE's proverbial totem pole in the blink of an eye.
Sometimes, this is because the boss (no, not Sasha Banks) simply doesn't see in you what the fans do. Other times, it's because the creative team is so baffled over how to utilize all of this talent properly that they just say "f**k it" and shoehorn you into some random storyline without a second thought. Unfortunately, these events can come at the expense of superstars who have or could have done bigger and better things for the company.
So, let's take a look at a few superstars who slipped farthest away from the "brass ring" in just one year's time.