With CM Punk set to defend his WWE Championship against Ryback and John Cena in a triple-threat match at Survivor Series, it seems plausible that anything could happen. The chances of Ryback capturing his first WWE title are minuscule at best, however.
It's impossible to say for sure how the WWE is going to book a match of any kind, particularly one with such high stakes. Ryback has gained an incredible fan following over the past few months and is suddenly the fastest-rising star in the business, so conventional wisdom would seem to state that he is very much in the mix; however, there are too many other factors working against him.
Ryback may be the top up-and-comer in professional wrestling, but he'll have to contend with WWE's two biggest established stars on Sunday. WWE has gone off the board in the past and given the WWE Championship to guys who hadn't yet proven themselves fully, but I simply don't see the same thing happening with Ryback.
Here are the top five reasons why Ryback will not be the next WWE Champion on Sunday or at any point in the immediate future.