2012 has been a pretty up and down year for the WWE as a whole.
The one constant we've had, however, is the increasingly large number of young developmental talent that could eventually take the entire company by storm.
In years' past, a guy like Dean Ambrose (a blue-chip character and wrestler with no ceiling) would have to be rushed into relevance due to floundering mid-card feuds and no new challengers to shake things up.
With Damien Sandow, Ryback, and Antonio Cesaro making great debuts (or re-debuts) this year, the crop of talent above them has been able to take several steps forward with this depth.
This group includes Daniel Bryan, but many are noticing that Dolph Ziggler has FINALLY gotten to main-event status.
Or so we thought.
This slideshow will outline The Show Off's journey since dropping the U.S. Championship last December, and see if you can make a distinction between "WWE is saying this is the next guy" and "WWE saying we shouldn't care about this guy."