Views From The Turnbuckle: Why You Shouldn't Be Excited That Batista Is Coming Back
After nearly a 4 year absence, Batista will make his return to WWE in a few weeks. Batista is just the latest former World Champion to come back to WWE after a long absence. First it was The Rock, and then it was Brock Lesnar, then Rob Van Dam, and now Batista. WWE getting back a guy that was as popular as Batista should be a good thing, but there is a possibility that Dave Batista coming back to WWE is a negative more than a positive.
First, I think it should be made clear that I have nothing in particular against Batista. When he wrestled full-time, he was a big man that moved pretty well, at great explosive power, good charisma and was decent on the microphone. The problem with Batista coming back actually has nothing really to do with Batista the performer at all. The problem is that WWE just continues to over-rely on past-talent to come back and work part-time, instead of focusing on full-time talent and trying to create new stars.
Wrestlemania is obviously the biggest day on WWE's calendar. If there is a single place that can make a star, it is on "The Grandest Stage of them all." Because Wrestlemania is so huge, any wrestler who is employed by WWE wants to make sure that they somehow get on the card. WWE has a buffet of part-time wrestlers that range from borderline main-eventers, to iconic legends. All of those part-time wrestlers are going to want to get in on the action, and since they are all considered top draws, they are going to get in, and in a big way.
Batista, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker are almost guaranteed to get matches in Wrestlemania, since Batista and Lesnar made/are making returns right when the "Road to Wrestlemania" is beginning to unfold. The Undertaker of course, is arguably as big of a draw at Wrestlemania as the WWE World Heavyweight Undisputed Unified Champion of the World or whatever they are calling the main title these days.
In addition to those threes, it is likely that both Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho will be returning soon, possibly as surprise Royal Rumble returns. Triple H will likely also get himself involved in Wrestlemania, rumored to be a match against CM Punk. So now we have a grand total of six guys who work WWE part-time (Triple H only wrestles part-time) who are all likely going to be on the card for Wrestlemania.
Wrestlemania only has had 8 matches on the card the last few years, so six spots on the card being taken up is a pretty significant total. In addition, because the guys like The Undertaker, Triple H and Brock Lesnar are so important, their matches are likely going to be amongst the biggest on the card, and are not going to be your opening match or standard card filler.
Because there are suddenly so many of these guys, and because they are mostly all going to be in big spots for Wrestlemania, it really does damage to all the other talent. A few established guys, like Randy Orton, John Cena and CM Punk will most likely get to work with the part-timers and therefore are safe, but for the rest of the roster, they are in for a future of rapidly booked feuds and pre-show matches.
As stated above, Wrestlemania is a perfect place to make new stars. In fact, there was a time when Wrestlemania was all-about making new stars. Wrestlemania was were Randy Savage won his first WWF Championship, ditto for The Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Chris Benoit, John Cena and Batista. Now, it seems like Wrestlemania is just a place for part-time wrestlers to get in their wrestling fix, and then leave for the rest of the year.
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