Personally I love Anderson. If he was more interesting in the ring he would be amazing. On the mic he is just fantastic when he has something to work with. Face-heel-face turns within a few weeks fucked his character completely and made him pointless, at least if he is finally an all-out heel with A&8 he can finally start to recover from them.
That said, Abyss, Bully Ray, AJ, Angle, Sting - everyone - re-invents themselves one way or another if they become stale or are required too. Quite why Anderson hasn't come up with a new character or something for himself a don't know - maybe he is just like that in real life?
The Pope I never really got, but it should be remembered he has been injured a few times too. We may yet see him in the re-vamped x-division we have been promised in a few months, I'm hoping we will see a lot more from people like Pope and Sonjay Dutt... and PETEY WILLIAMS