As recently as a few months ago, Ryback was the hottest thing going on in the WWE. Although he is still extremely popular and among the top faces in the company, he has since been surpassed by the likes of The Rock, CM Punk, John Cena and Brock Lesnar. Even so, Ryback should be a huge part of the company's future.
With that in mind, it is extremely important for the WWE to put him in a meaningful WrestleMania match and to book him correctly as well. I don't necessarily disagree with the way Ryback has been booked thus far since it has been done out of necessity, but he has yet to score a big pay-per-view victory.
Brad Maddox helped Punk beat him at Hell in a Cell, The Shield took him out at Survivor Series, The Shield spoiled things once again at TLC as they beat Ryback and Team Hell No, and Ryback was the final man eliminated the Royal Rumble match, which was won by Cena.
Because of Ryback's immense popularity, he was placed in the main-event scene quicker than he should have been. If nothing else, at least he has the experience needed to succeed down the road. Here are the top five potential opponents for Ryback at WrestleMania XXIX as he seeks his first win on the big stage.