A wise man (or woman?) once said, “you gotta know when to hold ’em, and know when to fold ’em.” When it comes to Dave Batista vs. Randy Orton in the main event at WrestleMania XXX, WWE needs to fold.
Batista and Orton are a losing hand. At this juncture, going through with the match under these conditions isn’t fair to either man. Fans are going to hate it and there’s nothing WWE can do about it. Imagine how humiliating it’s going to be when both competitors are booed out of the building in the main event of the biggest show of the year?
Batista was almost universally hated at WWE Elimination Chamber in his match against Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio, the cowardly heel who has been decimated by Batista each and every week, was cheered for most of the contest. Del Rio’s signature arm bars, arm breakers and devastating kicks received rounding applause while Batista’s spinebuster, spear and match-winning Batista-bomb were met with little more than tired boos. Even in victory Batista looked like a beaten man. As he sold his left arm and headed toward the dressing room the fans continued to let him hear it. The so-called WWE Universe made it clear they don’t want to see the 45-year-old main-eventing the 30th edition of WrestleMania.
The backlash from the fans has been so strong that something needs to be changed. It’s not too late to add Daniel Bryan to the match, but if WWE doesn’t plan on giving him the title they shouldn’t bother. Another loss for Bryan on a big stage will give Batista and Orton the wrong kind of heat, and they already have enough of that.
At the very least, Orton versus Batista cannot go on last. A brutal main event will hurt the credibility of any show, with or without a stellar undercard. The last thing WWE wants is for fans to walk away from WrestleMania with a sour taste in their mouths…right?
Historically, Vince McMahon has been a proponent of putting world title matches on last. This year he’d be well served to change his mind.
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