Dave Batista: 5 Possible Feuds for "The Animal" Upon His Rumored WWE Return

Adrian Fylonenko@@AdrianFyloFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2013

Dave Batista: 5 Possible Feuds for "The Animal" Upon His Rumored WWE Return

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    By now, most of you have heard the rumor that former World Heavyweight champion Batista may be returning to the WWE in the near future. With the Rock’s absence and blossoming acting career, Batista would be an ideal part-time Superstar to replace the Great One. If Batista is indeed replacing The Rock, chances are he will be introduced as a face. Whether he returns to the WWE as a heel or a face, I’ve come up with five feuds that make sense and would be intriguing to watch.

    WrestleZone.com states:

    "According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, former WWE Superstar Dave Batista has been working to get back into wrestling shape, and is fast approaching his 290-pound billed weight during his last run with WWE. The former 6-time World Champion left WWE in 2010 to pursue his interests in acting, as well as a career in Mixed Martial Arts. Batista has said in recent interviews that he is interested in returning to the WWE.”

    As a member of Evolution, Batista made an immediate impact when he made his debut in 2002 and quickly rose to the top of the WWE. Batista has accomplished a lot in his nine-year wrestling career and has managed to capture six World Titles, four Tag Team Titles and is a Royal Rumble winner (2005).

    If Batista returns, I expect the WWE Universe to welcome him back with open arms. He would instantly be a top star and could help out the WWE now that The Rock is gone.

    With rumors of Batista returning to the WWE, here are five possible feuds for “The Animal” in the near future.


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    Kane may not be the most popular choice to feud with Batista upon his return, but the Big Red Machine has a lot of experience when it comes to being in the ring with Batista. As of right now, Kane is one half of the WWE Tag Team champions, but if Batista returns in the next two or three months, Kane could very well return to his evil ways and become the devil’s favorite demon once again.

    Kane and Daniel Bryan are inevitably going to lose the Tag Team Titles to The Shield, possibly at Extreme Rules, and I don’t expect both of them to remain faces. Kane turning heel makes the most sense.

    Like The Rock, there is no doubt that Batista will be a little rusty in the ring once he makes his anticipated return. Kane is a veteran who can help Batista get back in the flow of things and the two monsters have good chemistry when they work together.

    Throughout his career, Batista has faced Kane 13 times in singles competition and has tagged with him four times. Batista may not be comfortable right off the bat when he returns to the WWE, so working with Kane would help him get back in the groove of things.

Mark Henry

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    Like Kane, Mark Henry has been in the WWE for over a decade and has a lot of experience. If Batista comes back to the WWE, Vince McMahon should not be throwing him into the main event scene right away. Batista will need to have a few matches before taking on the biggest names in the company or gunning for any titles. The WWE made this mistake with The Rock and therefore, he didn’t perform to his full potential.

    Now that Ryback is feuding with John Cena, Henry seems to have turned his focus onto the Celtic Warrior Sheamus. I don’t expect the Sheamus and Henry feud to last very long, so maybe Batista can be inserted into a rivalry with the World’s Strongest Man afterwards?

    Henry gained a not-so-impressive victory over Ryback at WrestleMania 29 and recently lost to John Cena in three minutes a couple weeks ago on Raw. If Henry wants to be in the spotlight (which we know he does), he needs to ditch Sheamus and feud with Batista if the opportunity presents itself.

    Both Batista and Mark Henry can come out of this feud looking strong if booked correctly.

John Cena

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    If Batista returns to the WWE and feuds with John Cena, he will obviously come back as a heel instead of a face, which would still be okay. I mean come on, we all know that Cena is never going to turn heel!

    A feud between Cena and Batista makes sense considering Batista retired/quit during his rivalry with the leader of the Cenation back in 2010. Looking at his W/L record against Cena, I don’t blame him for quitting the WWE! Get this, from March 2010 through May 2010, Batista lost to Cena seven times in a row, six of which were WWE Title matches.

    Batista, who is an absolute beast, lost seven matches in a row to John Cena. You’d think Batista would win at least one of those matches, right? To make things worse, Batista’s last match was at the 2010 Over the Limit pay-per-view in which Batista and Cena competed in an “I Quit” match. Batista told John Cena that he quit the match, and then quit the company shortly after.

    If Batista returns to the WWE, I expect him to have a match with John Cena. It probably won’t happen right away, but both of these Superstars still have some unfinished business with one another. Both Cena and Batista always put on great matches and even though their last match was three years ago, I bet they can produce something special for the WWE Universe.

Randy Orton

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    Randy Orton and Batista were the future of the WWE when they were in the legendary stable known as Evolution. Both Superstars found success and became multi-time World champions after they broke away from the group.

    Of course, Orton is a face right now, but the WWE has been hinting a heel turn for some time now. Even Randy Orton himself has stated that he wants to turn heel and honestly, I feel a heel turn could revitalize his career. Randy Orton is not a mid-card wrestler, he is a main eventer.

    Both Batista and Randy Orton have competed in the ring with one another on many different occasions. They have wrestled against each other in single’s completion and have also tagged as partners. They grew up and become professional wrestlers together and were side by side for years. If Batista comes back to the WWE, Randy Orton would be a great talent to work with and a feasible opponent for “The Animal”.

    Because of his age (44) and acting career, it’s safe to say that Batista is going to come back to the WWE as a part-time wrestler. He will probably wrestle more than The Rock, but less than Chris Jericho. Just thinking about a (face) Batista and (heel) Randy Orton feud is making me excited for his potential WWE return!

Brock Lesnar

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    Batista vs. Brock Lesnar is a WrestleMania worthy match that we could see in the next couple of years. These two behemoths are extremely strong and agile for their size and have competed in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Also, they both achieved a tremendous amount of success in the WWE in such a short time.

    Of course, Lesnar has had more success in MMA. He's won the UFC Championship and competed in eight matches while Batista just started fighting less than a year ago and has had one match. While many people would like to see them square off in an octagon, I prefer to see them compete in the squared circle.

    Batista is slowly growing into a movie star, while Lesnar already has a humongous fan-base and is known world-wide. If these two Superstars got in the ring together, they could create some magic and memorable moments for the WWE Universe.

    WWE fans have never seen a match between Brock Lesnar and Batista on WWE TV. However, they did have one match while they were both training at OVW back in 2001. In case you are curious, Batista won.


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