The film “Guardians of the Galaxy” has a weird this-will-surprisingly-be-the-best-movie-of-the-summer feel to it. You may not know the characters, but just because Marvel is attached to the name, people will go out in droves to see it — which is an upgrade from what it used to be when I was a kid. Back then, all Marvel had in the mainstream were cartoons.
Now Marvel is finally cool the way Stan Lee never envisioned. Their movies have a way to make Hollywood’s B+ players mega icons. Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo did movies in the past, but Marvel put them over the top with their Captain America and Hulk roles.
After all the crap we gave Batista, I hope there is karma and he becomes a mega-star from this the way those guys did. It would be so fitting if he stole that movie the way Hulk unexpectedly did in “The Avengers.”
If Batista is propelled to super-stardom, he shouldn’t come back. Between the Bootista chants, being shunned from the microphone during Evolution segments and money issues, the man deserves better. Plus, if this does happen, WWE will never listen to the fans again. They could have had a homegrown Hollywood superstar win in their Super Bowl, but instead they made him tap dance to the IWC‘s flower girl.
Say what you want about the guy, but he’s loyal to everyone who does him right. He wears the Gracie emblem on his backside after they trained him and didn’t have to come back to WWE knowing he was in a Marvel blockbuster.
Just to be a part of that family in the Disney era makes you a made guy. In a way, he could have helped make wrestling relevant and cool the way Marvel has become relevant and cool.
The thing is, though, wrestling fans are good fellas. Smarks. The WWE Universe and I could never be made because we have too much nerd blood. It doesn’t matter if our mother was a Hulkamaniac. To become a member of culture’s cool crew, you have got to be 100 percent in with Marvel under the Disney era. To be a part of that means you belong to a family and crew.
It means nobody can make fun of you again for liking Spider-Man. It also means you could make fun of athletes and call throwing around a ball a useless activity and other people would back you up. It’s like a license to be cool. As far as Vince McMahon was concerned, with Batista being made, it was like we were all being made. We would have one of our own as a member.
What did we do, though? We set up the tarp all over the ring and whacked him. We didn’t need to wait for a phone call from someone else to do it because we had the smoking gun in our hand. We would rather face the ghost of our past than accept somebody who wanted to put his body on the line for us when he didn’t need to. As a thank you, we whacked him good.
Now when he’s made, will we expect him to take us along for the ride? If he says good riddance, it wouldn’t be a sellout move. Now because of this, I’m really starting to dig his I-can’t-wait-to-leave attitude. Those of us who came home early Saturday morning from having a life and streamed Smackdown on Dailymotion.com saw that attitude in Batista’s match against Dolph Ziggler.
Batista doesn’t need to finish matches anymore. He should just end them in the middle of it with low blows and hit everybody we love with Batista bombs because the bad attitude is perfect for him right now. Once he’s taken everyone out, he and Robert Downey Jr. could pitch a scene in “The Avengers” where Drax faces Hulk in Madden. Winner gets the monster spot on the team.