If any WWE Superstar knows just how quickly a push can disappear, it is new Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett.
The former leader of Nexus, he was put in the position of a main eventer from the minute he debuted as a full-time member of the WWE roster in the summer of 2010. He wrestled John Cena and Randy Orton in pay-per-view headliners in what was looked at as the first chance for a legitimate breakout star in years.
Then Nexus split, The Corre was formed and any ounce of momentum Barrett had garnered over the course of his first six months with WWE disappeared rapidly. He once again fell from grace following a substantial feud with Orton on SmackDown in 2011.
A series of matches with The Miz in 2012 illustrated how far both men had fallen and had many wondering whether Barrett was destined to be a midcard performer for the rest of his career.
Luckily, the Bad News Barrett character rescued him from oblivion and gave him the opportunity to get over with the audience by doing something he does extremely well: talk. His promo skills are top-notch, as he proved by cutting some of the cheesiest yet greatest interviews on Raw, SmackDown and YouTube's JBL and Cole Show, in which he delivered the bad news no one wants to hear to Superstars and fans alike.
That got him over, and his improved mat skills kept him that way. His recent wins over Rey Mysterio, Sheamus, Big E and Rob Van Dam have helped him to the biggest role of his career, and a fourth Intercontinental Championship reign has solidified his status as one of the top five stars to watch as WWE continues to institute its youth movement.
To remain the recipient of his latest push, he must continue to prove WWE right for taking another chance with him. The promos must remain strong, and the ring work, which has been nothing short of stellar thus far, must be maintained.
No matter who he defends his title against on June 1.