Over the past few years, WWE's ultra-thick glass ceiling has prevented numerous young and talented superstars from rising to the top and getting over with fans as true main-event players.
Erratic stop-start pushes, backstage politics and on-air burials are all factors that make a paranoid, stifling working environment. It is virtually impossible for any new stars to reach the next plateau.
The result of all this has been, unsurprisingly, a main-event scene that feels stale, repetitive and woefully dull. Come on, just how many times do we need to see John Cena feud with CM Punk? Or Sheamus take on Alberto Del Rio?
No wonder ratings are down (via Wade Keller of Pro Wrestling Torch). The product is so frustratingly stagnant with the company seemingly having nothing new to offer.
We reckon things desperately need freshened up so, with this in mind, here are seven under-utilized wrestlers who deserve a shot at their brand's top belt.