The return of Dave Batista to the WWE could not be more inopportune — that is, inopportune for the rest of the roster and the quality of WrestleMania XXX. Sure, it works out great for Batista, who not only gets to promote his new film “Guardians of the Galaxy”, but also appears slated for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship run.
When did WrestleMania become a platform for movie promotion? WrestleMania should always be about developing new stars, building for the future and creating “magical” moments nobody will forget. Batista vs. Randy Orton accomplishes none of those objectives.
It’s also not what the fans want to see. The fans loudly booed when Batista won this year’s Royal Rumble, and it wasn’t the good kind of boos. These were boos signaling that the fanbase is tired of the direction the company is taking. The fans were so upset that they even booed Rey Mysterio when he entered at no. 30 instead of Daniel Bryan. Mysterio has been a fan favorite since his career began more than two decades ago, but none of that mattered. The people want change.
And shouldn’t it always be about what the people want? Without an audience, I’m not sure how long pro wrestling would exist. What purpose does it serve to move forward with the agenda of upper management being implemented at the expense of the fans?
I know what some of you are thinking, “WWE did the same exact thing the last two years with the Rock and people lapped it up.” This is true, but the Rock is a far bigger star than Batista will ever be. Also, the Rock vs. John Cena was a match people wanted to see. I have yet to hear one person clamoring for a Batista/ Orton showdown.
Batista’s spot should have gone to somebody else. Had he returned to do a SummerSlam main event or something along the same lines, we’d have no issue here. WrestleMania is no time for fooling around; it’s time to start building a future.