In March of 2011, I initiated a new column here on Bleacher Report entitled "WWE Pushed to Punished," where I analyze the controversial careers of past and present WWE Superstars who had major potential but somehow lost their way over time due to a variety of reasons.
One individual who has fit that bill to perfection of late has been Dolph Ziggler.
At this time last year, Ziggler was believed to be one of the shining stars in the company with his Money in the Bank briefcase in tow. Mere months later, he went on to cash in that contract and win the World Heavyweight Championship in one of the most memorable Raw moments of 2013.
One year later, Ziggler has been reduced to losing to the likes of Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow and even Fandango. His recent string of bad luck has reportedly stemmed from him having heat backstage, but it remains to be seen as to when Ziggler's career will ever be revived.
For a wrestler having as much talent and charisma as Ziggler, it is a shame to see him in the position that he is at the moment. One can only hope that there will be light at the end of the tunnel for the bleached blonde Superstar once his apparent punishment has run its course.
Here, I'll break down every rise and fall in the career of Dolph Ziggler in an attempt to discover where exactly he went wrong.