On Sunday, October 28, in Atlanta, Ga., CM Punk will defend the WWE Championship against Ryback, a man many WWE fans consider either unready for a title shot or unlikely to win. But as history shows, several wrestlers have won the big one with little ring time under their belts.
Staying within the course of the past 14 years, there have been several wrestlers who have all captured a major title within one year of debuting in WWE, WCW or ECW.
All of these men have gone on to win multiple titles.
Given that it has happened in the past, there is no reason to believe that Ryback won’t win at Hell in a Cell.
Plus, he’s not a green as he appears.
Ryan Reeves debuted in the WWE as Ryback on April 6, 2012, despite having been signed to a developmental deal with the WWE since 2005. He’s wrestled in Deep South Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling.
From 2005 to 2007, he performed in Ohio Valley Wrestling before leaving for a year, and he returned in 2008 as Ryback, winning the OVW Heavyweight Championship.
Since debuting in the WWE with his Ryback gimmick, he has been on tear, destroying his opponents and staying undefeated.
The following seven men have all done what Ryback might do at Hell in a Cell.