Adventures in Fantasy Booking: Batista vs. Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX

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Adventures in Fantasy Booking: Batista vs. Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX
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This article is merely an exercise in plotting out the best possible WrestleMania main event based on the current storyline. This also assumes I would be putting faith in WWE creative, which as we all know at this point is a fool’s errand.

Batista’s win at the Royal Rumble a few weeks ago seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for what the fans were hoping would be a fresh start in 2014. However, not only were we subjected to the status quo, the poster boy for this movement, Daniel Bryan, wasn’t even a participant in the Rumble.

Now riddle me this, friends: What if this was part of a greater plan all along to get Bryan into the main event?

It’s no secret that Bryan has had his detractors in management (both storyline and in real life), so it would make sense from a creative perspective to keep Bryan out as a way to hold him down.

Add in the fact that Bryan has been much more vocal on Social Media regarding his position within the company, and hasn’t seen his push halted like Dolph Ziggler did over the summer, and it seems as if there is more to this story.

In fact, Bryan immediately went after The Authority the night after the Royal Rumble and found himself, John Cena and Sheamus in a main event Elimination Chamber qualifying match against The Shield, in which they emerged victorious.

We now know all of the chamber participants, and it’s becoming very apparent that the winner of the match will either be Bryan or Randy Orton. No disrespect to Antonio Cesaro and Christian, but neither of them has a snowball’s chance in hell of winning. Sheamus just returned from injury, and although he certainly has star power, it’s unlikely the Celtic Warrior will emerge with the WWE title so soon. Typically any match like this would favor John Cena, but he appears to have a date with Bray Wyatt in New Orleans.

So with only two plausible choices, let’s take a deeper look at Orton’s mediocre run as champion. He has been the typical whiny, heel champion who somehow continues to retain his title. What’s interesting about Orton is that although he is billed as “The Face of the WWE,” he appears to be getting undermined by The Authority at every turn. Usually, a corporate champion will be backed by the machine and given every advantage, however, Orton is continually finding himself in the crosshairs of The Authority. Which brings a bigger question: What if Randy Orton isn’t really the guy Triple H and Stephanie McMahon envision as their champion?

Enter Batista.

During the end of Batista’s original run with the company back in late 2009/early 2010, he really came into his own as a heel. His promos and in ring style really suited this more narcissistic, bullying mentality. When his return was announced, it was obvious people were going to be excited to see the former star again, and as is the case of most returning wrestlers, he would be greeted as a face.

However, from the beginning, there have been seeds of a heel turn coming. When he first made his entrance, he greeted Triple H and Stephanie warmly, not exactly the type of entrance one would expect from a babyface.

The next hint occurred at the Royal Rumble. After the show went off the air, Batista got into a verbal spat with a fan, used some crude language and mockingly did the Daniel Bryan “YES!” chant. Again, not exactly a warm and cuddly good guy.

Lastly, his first mini feud upon returning is with Alberto del Rio, who at this point barely registers as a blip on the radar. When the Rock returned, he immediately went at it with top stars John Cena and CM Punk, but Batista gets del Rio? Not exactly earth shattering stuff but the perfect warm up feud before making a heel turn, perhaps.

So now imagine the scene in Minneapolis in a few weeks. Batista soundly defeats del Rio in a ho-hum match that serves as enhancement fodder. Later in the night, Bryan emerges victorious over Orton and wins the WWE championship.

The Authority comes out on stage and gives faint praise to Bryan while at the same time ripping apart Orton for being a failure and not living up to their expectations. At this point, they introduce the new “Face of the company” and future world champion, Batista who comes into the ring and destroys both Orton and Bryan.

In the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, Batista would explain how he’s become such a big star since he left WWE, the Authority lured him back with a lucrative contract and the promise he would become the main focus of WWE.

Orton gets his obligatory rematch, but he has fallen so far out of favor, it takes place during an episode of Raw, which he loses soundly. The Authority tells him that he has failed for the last time, and has to go to the back of the line, effectively taking him out of the title picture.

This leaves Bryan to defend not only his title, but everything he stands for in the form of Batista: the returning part timer who finds himself in the main event of WrestleMania. It would be the underdog story that WWE loves to tell, plus if anyone could get a good match out of Batista at this point, it would be Daniel Bryan.

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