It appears as though a new star is on the rise in WWE, as Ryback was chosen on Monday to oppose WWE Champion CM Punk at Hell in a Cell. John Cena stepped aside and decided to give Ryback a crack at the longest-reigning titleholder in several years.
Ryback's installation as Punk's challenger at Hell in a Cell came as a surprise to many fans, since Cena seemed to be penciled in. However, it is likely that his elbow simply isn't healthy enough to compete. Whatever the case, the WWE will now shift the focus even further in the ravenous monster's direction.
Punk has been at the top of the power rankings for their entire existence, but will Ryback's sudden surge to the top knock the WWE Champion from his perch? Also, how will Cena's continued absence from in-ring action affect his standing? All of that and more will be answered in this week's edition of the top 25 WWE superstar power-rankings.
Keep in mind that all rankings are based on pure entertainment value through matches and promos, and they do not take into account kayfabe factors such as wins and losses.