Original WrestleMania XXX Main Event Takes Place Tonight On Monday Night Raw

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As advertised last week, tonight’s main event on Monday Night Raw will feature Randy Orton vs. Batista. The match which was originally scheduled to close WrestleMania XXX.

It’s fairly evident that Batista was primed to defeat Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania. Upon returning to the WWE, the Guardians of the Galaxy star was promised a run with the title. While this could still happen down the road, it seems unlikely to occur at the Show of Shows given the current creative direction.

The fans turned on Batista at the Royal Rumble once they figured out he was going to win. Many fans in the building expected Daniel Bryan to enter at number 30 and win the match, securing a title shot at WrestleMania in the process (even though Bryan was never advertised in the match). Instead, it was fan-favorite Rey Mysterio who “drew” number 30, and he too was booed out of the building.

WWE set themselves up for this. They toyed with Bryan for so long, depriving the YES movement leader of world title opportunities at every turn. Fans really got behind Bryan and his quest for gold, and they assumed the only logical storyline progression would be for Bryan to finally have his moment in the sun at WrestleMania XXX.

Batista’s return to the company threw a fairly massive monkey wrench into these proceedings. Bryan fans were understandably upset that a movie star was going to steal the spotlight from their beloved hero, whether or not this move was “good for business.”

Let’s talk about business. People are quick to forget that Batista’s return on Monday Night Raw drew a huge rating for the show. It was the biggest number the company had done in months. About 5.25 million people tuned in to the first hour which featured Batista’s return to WWE for the first time in more than three years.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a major motion picture and Batista plays a huge role in the film. It may be a painful pill to swallow, but having Batista as world champion would bring a lot of casual interest to WWE. In other words, big money.

Will Bryan bring the same amount of interest? The jury is still out on whether or not he can be a top draw in the promotion, but the safe bet says he can’t. At least not yet. Lest we forget, if not for the extremely negative crowd reactions Batista received after he won the Rumble in Jan., tonight’s Raw main event would actually be taking place this Sunday.

Bryan may very well win the title at WrestleMania XXX. In fact, that’s probably exactly what’s going to happen. It would mean a lot for Bryan and, given the context of the storyline, it’s the right thing to do. But avert your eyes, Bryan fans; it won’t be long before Batista has a run with the belt.

Dan Marsiglia is a Pro Wrestling columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.

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