SummerSlam is one of WWE’s biggest shows of the year but the pecking order of the roster has changed significantly since WWE’s Show of Shows in April.
While performers like John Cena, CM Punk and Brock Lesnar have maintained their positions, others have fallen down or risen up the card.
It’s refreshing to see WWE better utilize talent like Daniel Bryan and Cody Rhodes, but unfortunately the post-WrestleMania season hasn't been kind to everyone.
The following are five stars whose futures don't look as bright as they did on the Road to WrestleMania.
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The fall from grace that Ryback has suffered since WrestleMania is the second one he’s endured in less than a year.
Back in October of last year Big Hungry was an unstoppable beast of a man.
He was booked so strongly that it actually looked like he could be the next John Cena.
However, Ryback would suffer a string of pay-per-view losses between then and WrestleMania, and things went even further south from there.
Ryback lost to Mark Henry at ‘Mania, turned heel the next night and was then fed to WWE champion John Cena – several times.
Make no mistake, he’s still a big deal, but Ryback doesn't look like the future megastar he seemed he poised to become.
This time last year it looked like Jack Swagger’s career was over.
There’s no two ways about it; the former world champion had become a jobber.
He disappeared from WWE programming for a few months and returned earlier this year and got a surprisingly big push.
With Zeb Colter by his side, The Real American won this year’s Elimination Chamber match and was in a world championship match at the biggest show of the year.
Things have only gone downhill for Swagger since then though.
He’s done little of note since being dropped from the world title picture and it feels like it’s been a long time since he picked up a win.
Maybe it was his run in the the law, maybe officials just got bored of him (again), but Swagger looks to be back on track to jobber status.
Fandango defeated future Hall of Fame inductee and six-time world champion Chris Jericho in his debut match at WrestleMania.
Beating Y2J doesn't mean as much as it once did, but that’s still a huge way to debut.
Unfortunately, he’s basically done nothing since then.
Sure, there was the post-WrestleMania Fandango dance craze, but the sad fact is that the theme song was over, not the character.
Now that fad has died and it’s hard not to think about all the better ways Jericho could have been utilized at The Showcase of Immortals.
Dolph Ziggler’s immediate future was bright rolling into WrestleMania XXIX.
He wasn't at the top of the card, but he was Mr. Money in the Bank, and it looked like he’d get a solid run with the strap once he cashed in.
But no, “solid run” is definitely not the phrase you would use to describe Ziggler’s time as world heavyweight champion.
The Showoff traded in his blue briefcase for the big gold belt the day after ‘Mania but was quickly sidelined with a concussion.
He then lost the title to Alberto Del Rio in his first pay-per-view title defense and is now basically feuding with AJ Lee.
Ziggler is doing well as a babyface so there’s still hope, but it’s been a rough few months for WWE’s talented workhorse.
Okay, so The Shield isn’t one star but there’s no doubt that their shine has been dimmed significantly since WrestleMania.
The Hounds of Justice wrestled only their third match in the five months they’d been on television at The Show of Shows.
Their matches felt special because of this infrequency, but now seeing them wrestle on Raw has become commonplace.
Not only that, but their opposition has become much less remarkable since they all won titles.
They went from beating teams like John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus to losing against Christian and The Usos on SmackDown.