The WWE has no shortage of talent but still finds itself in desperate need of top stars.
The misuse and under-utilization of performers is nothing new in the world of wrestling, but the WWE’s main event scene is as hollow as it’s been in years.
CM Punk’s absence has taken a lot of life out of the main event picture of the WWE and out of the company as a whole.
Hopefully this is as clear to WWE higher-ups as it is to fans and new talent will be elevated to the levels of Cena and Punk.
This is a list of established talent that could quickly strengthen WWE's main event roster.
To be fair to the WWE, the feud between The Shield and Team Hell No is perhaps the most consistently entertaining one in the company right now.
Still, Daniel Bryan is considerably underused.
He had a great main event run throughout the first half of last year while the second half saw him develop and refine his character.
He’s now the total package – he can wrestle, he can be a cunning heel or a lovable babyface and, most importantly, he’s over.
The fans' embrace of him is one that came naturally and not as a result of him being shoved down our throats.
That last point alone gives him tremendous potential as a top star.
Brock Lesnar is one of the biggest draws the company has.
Unfortunately, he makes limited appearances and works only one or two matches a year.
How does WWE deal with this? It books him to face the same guy three times and waste one of those valuable appearances by having him smash up that guy’s fake office.
Triple H vs. Lesnar III will probably be entertaining, but the buildup just isn’t that compelling since we’ve seen it twice already.
Their third match is on a smaller stage than their second, so you could argue that it's less of a waste.
Even if that's true, we’re still watching a feud that should’ve ended nine months ago.
Christian has reportedly (via wrestlinginc.com) been ready to return to action since around February.
He was understandably left off of the already massive WrestleMania card, but his absence since then is puzzling.
In a perfect world, Captain Charisma would be a World Championship contender upon his return, but we all know how likely that is to happen.
Still, Christian is a veteran who can get the audience involved and who can work a terrific match.
If he’s not put in a World Championship feud, he should certainly be given something more high profile than a random spot on the midcard.
Dolph Ziggler is the World Heavyweight champion; that’s a step in the right direction and nothing more.
The WWE has this horrible habit of booking its Money in the Bank champions to look like absolute flukes.
The company's pattern recognition skills are apparently non-existent; it didn’t work for Miz, Swagger, CM Punk or anyone else, yet it's doing it again with Ziggler.
Since his World title win, he's struggled to win many matches, and has been beaten by both Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio.
The Show Off may be the World Heavyweight champion, but he’ll need to actually be booked like one if WWE wants him to be a star.
Jericho needs to get out of his feud with Fandango as soon as possible.
As we know, Jericho loves to put new stars over.
The problem is, he’s put so many stars over that beating him doesn’t look like that huge of an accomplishment.
He’s a six-time World champion and one of the most talented men in the business—losing to midcarders is a waste.
In WWE’s defence, it may be difficult to book Y2J due to his erratic work schedule.
However, if Jericho is planning on sticking around for a while, he’s long overdue for another reign as World champion.
Randy Orton is the most underutilized star on the WWE’s roster.
WWE is likely wary of pushing him due to his having two strikes against its wellness policy.
Still, this is a time of need, and it wasn’t long ago that Randy Orton was the company’s No. 2 guy, perhaps even closer to Cena than Punk is.
The WWE, unfortunately, doesn’t have the luxury right now to punish The Viper by under-using him.
Orton’s current program with The Big Show is a bewildering waste of time and it seems like that long-awaited heel turn may never come.
Orton is loved as a babyface and despised as a heel, and the middle of the card is not where he needs to be right now.