All 3 guys were seemingly done with their big match days at one point, and yet, they all won the WHC mid-late in the year and didn't do bad with it, as all sorta rejuvenated themselves with their runs.
Any candidates for that in 2013? Can't think of one off the top of my head.
In all seriousness, it's really a shame they killed "Heel R-Truth" before he could get a World Heavyweight title run. Crazy, conspiracy theorist Truth holding the world title and having a JBL-esque reign (where he gets lucky and/or cheats to win his big title defenses) while constantly claiming that management is trying to screw him out of the belt could have been money.