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According to Smogon, it was Uber in Generations III and IV, and now it's UU. Why did this happen?

Hello, Rocket Repair Shop? I think my Salamence is broken, it's wings don't work anymore and instead of breathing fire it just kinda squirts sparks.
Actually a choice scarf set with moxie can be deadly in OU
Depends. What if a fairy comes along and ruins your day?
It's simple.You die :)
Also worth noting that Smogon is currently suspecting Salamence, so it might end up in BL. It's still an underwhelming OU Pokemon, though.
If Salamence is running dragon dance or scarf moxie, it doesn't really need wings or fire breathing. It should be fine unless you plan to mega evolve it or use a mixed set.

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For two reasons. Faires and Mega Salamence. In Generation 3 - 5, dragons ran through the metagame like they were free in the provinces of Skyrim. However, due to the addition of the fairy-type, most dragons have considerably gone down in usage. For Salamence in particular, it has seen a nerfing due to the monsters that counter it in OU. Azumarill can OHKO it with Play Rough, Weavile can send it to Mordor with it's STAB Icicle Crash (it also outspeeds) and physical walls such as Mega Diance and Heatran outright block it. It also receives heavy competition as a strong dragon type from Pokemon such as Garchomp, Kyurem-Black and Mega Latios. In Ubers using base Salamence would be outright stupid, as Mega Salamence will outspeed and OHKO, and many powerful Pokemon such as Kyurem-White can absolutely smash it.

Edit: Very sorry, I've been quite busy but here's my analysis. New Pokemon such as Hydreigon and oldies like Dragonite counter it well. Dragonite got a new ability in Mulitscale, which allows it to be bulkier than Salamance and perform its role for longer. Hydreigon, is well, Hydreigon. Hydreigon has more Special Attack and has access to Superpower, which aids it. Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Mamoswine and Keldeo can easily revenge kill it. Although it has been dominant in Ubers, Kyurem, Zekrom, Reshiram now counter it as they can hit it with an insane STAB Super Effective hit.

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Salamence was OU in Generation V, which means it already started to happen. Also, are you saying that Weavile, Heatran, and Garchomp didn't exist back in Generation IV?
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Fairy Types were a big help to lowering the popularity of Dragon-Types and in XY there was a entire space dedicated to ice types and Salamance taking 4X damage to ice types it just isn't as reliable anymore. Also possibly it lost some of its moves in ORAS and XY ,but thats very unlikely as its transfer-only moves aren't that great.