Examining the Pros and Cons of Batista's Return to WWE

Anthony MangoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2014

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Next week on Raw, Batista will make his long-awaited return to WWE after a hiatus of nearly four years.

At face value, this seems like nothing but a great idea that fans should be excited about.

However, while there are many positives that come along with Batista, there are also some negatives that WWE has to steer clear of.

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The most obvious benefit to Batista returning is that WWE now has another player in the main event scene.

Batista may not be a John Cena or Hulk Hogan in terms of popularity, but he's still someone that has a rather large fanbase nonetheless.

There's more of a chance that fans of Batista who have stopped watching the product will tune back rather than his detractors deciding not to watch it anymore.

In an era where there aren't that many tried-and-tested top stars due to a lack of building people up properly, Batista will help fill at least part of the void.

By doing so, WWE has an opportunity to capitalize on what has been missing and freshen things up.

There is a laundry list of people that Batista has yet to feud with in a significant fashion that fans would eat up.

Batista facing off against wrestlers like Sheamus, Ryback, Bray Wyatt and maybe even Brock Lesnar should be interesting.

Perhaps the best potential aspect of these new feuds is that Batista is at a level where he doesn't need to be protected and built up.

Losing to a few people to put them over can do wonders for their careers and really make them seem like bigger stars for the future.

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WWE sometimes makes the mistake of being narrow-minded and shortsighted at the same time, which can spell disaster.

One thing WWE has a tendency to do when bringing a big name on board is to dedicate all of the attention to that singular entity, letting everything else down in the process.

Batista should indeed be treated as a commodity, but there is a risk that WWE will put too much focus on him to the detriment of others.

We've too often seen someone come in and steal more than their fair share of the spotlight, which can't happen when WWE needs to build up more stars.

What good will it do if Batista feuds with Roman Reigns or Big E Langston and makes them look tiny or less powerful in comparison?

It will only create a belief in the audience that these guys just aren't as big and over the top as the WWE stars from before.

Worse off, it may lead to the same reaction from WWE's creative team, convincing them that they should give up on those potential superstars.

There's also a danger that Batista will be booked to come in and bury the likes of Damien Sandow and others that WWE can't find a spot for.

The idea of working with a main event star like Batista is good in theory, but only if it does not become a squash to make Batista look above and beyond the competition.

Depending upon Batista's schedule, WWE can't erroneously book him as the most important thing that is sorely missed during the gaps when he doesn't appear.

That way, Batista doesn't once again leave the same void that he left before, but instead is utilized to usher in a new wave of stars for the future.


Balancing Act


The trick to balancing these pros and cons rests entirely on the shoulders of WWE management and their ability to look at the big picture.

If Batista is mismanaged, things could not only get boring fast but he could also end up doing more damage to the roster than good by the time he leaves.

However, Batista's return could be a significant boost to the WWE product in 2014 if booked well.

We'll just have to wait and see how things turn out.

What are you excited and worried about with Batista's return? Is there anything you think WWE should completely avoid or anything that is a necessity for things to work out?

Tell us your ideas in the comments below!


Anthony Mango is the owner-operator of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment as well as the host of its podcast show Smack Talk on YouTube, iTunes and Stitcher. You can follow him on Facebook and elsewhere for more.