Now that a few days have passed since the WWE’s 2013 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view and we have seen the fallout on Raw, it’s clear which stars continue to struggle.
All of the following names should be achieving big things with the company right now, but for one reason or another, each has fallen on tough times in the ring.
There could be big things in store for these stars, though.
After coming out for an impromptu bout against Dolph Ziggler at Elimination Chamber, former Intercontinental champion Kofi Kingston lost once again in a big match on a PPV.
The losses continue to pile up for the talented athlete.
Kingston had a long losing streak coming into the event, lost at Elimination Chamber and then subsequently lost again on Raw. With so many negative results in a row, the high-flying star either made someone mad backstage or has something big in store for him.
The hope now is that the downward spiral causes a change in character; possibly even a heel turn.
There is no questioning how over Randy Orton is and how much love he gets from the mainstream fans, but the character he portrays is stale. At this point, it doesn’t even look like Orton has a character outside the ring.
Inside the ring, the WWE continues to make Orton the holdover king.
Orton has fought Wade Barrett, Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio and a few others in a long string of meaningless matches and feuds that never lead to anything bigger.
RKO is still a valuable asset to the company, but despite making him look strong in the six-man Elimination Chamber match for the No. 1 contendership, it appears the company is still unwilling to give him the title.
After taking the pin in his team’s loss at Elimination Chamber, Ryback is once again the one looking weak walking out of a PPV. While this match outcome was great for The Shield and it protected Sheamus and John Cena, it was Ryback who was once again left out to dry.
Ryback needs a string of PPV wins and fast.
The "Feed Me More" chants are catching on and the merchandise is selling for Ryback, but the company has to start treating the muscle-bound star more like Cena or Sheamus if it wants to keep him as a monster face.
As well as Ryback is developing as a face character, the recent anger towards his teammates at Elimination Chamber and his confrontation with Sheamus on Raw could be teasing something much deeper.
Keep an eye on Ryback’s character, especially if he loses at WrestleMania 29.