Batista Injured: WWE Title Lies in the Balance

Alex BrooksCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  Batista stands in the ring during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)

According to, Batista apparently tore a tendon in his bicep before last night's match against Randy Orton at Extreme Rules. The injury was caused during the normal wear and tear, but tonight on Raw there should be an injury angle in place for Batista in order to get the title off of him, or they could attempt to have him hold on to it and work through his injury.

The underlying oddity with this news is that if Batista was injured before the match, why did the WWE go along with the title change?

In case Batista does end up missing significant time, here's a list of possible candidates to fill the very large void left by Batista.

The WWE could bring back Triple H earlier than previously believed in order to spell Batista in the storyline. Triple H was due back after the Bash but could be recalled if the WWE doesn't have any other options. Other possibilities include using John Cena to spell Batista until the King of Kings returns. Or the WWE could have MVP finally step up, fulfill his potential, and become the main eventer that the WWE thinks he is.

The only reason the WWE could have possibly given Batista the title is if they were to set up a storyline for Raw where Batista is injured by Orton once again forcing him to fight hurt with the title, leaving Orton to reclaim his prized WWE, again talking about how he eliminates the competition.

Batista was not significantly injured and can continue to fight, but if he is unable to compete, he should be able to compete by Night of Champions in July. The injury could give Batista some much-needed rest from wrestling after coming back in April unsuspectingly early.

Coming back too early probably caused this injury, in that his body was unable to resume regular activity as soon as he did. The WWE can rest in having dodged a bullet, but how many more bullets can the often-injured Batista dodge?