You can stop scratching your head.
No, you are not seeing things.
Yes, Ryback is ranked at No. 1.
Consider the logistics of Ryback’s career thus far. He has been unstoppable.
He has plowed his way through jobber after jobber. Even with the angle brewing between him (Ryback) and Jinder Mahal, it would be incredible to make Wade Barrett the roadblock in Ryback’s seemingly-unstoppable path.
This feud with Mahal will not last long. I would even predict that Ryback gets the best of Barrett. But being that this is an actual storyline (of sorts), we could see how Ryback competes in the ring against someone whom he cannot demolish in under two minutes.
Ryback looks inescapable in the midcard at this point. If Creative is not yet going to push Barrett towards championship gold, then this is the next best thing.
Best case scenario is that they both come out of a brutal two- or three-month feud looking like monsters. I would call that a win-win, wouldn't you?