On April 6, Dave Batista and Randy Orton are set to clash for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in one of the least anticipated WrestleMania main events in history. Honestly, there is practically no one keen to see these two square off.
Thankfully, reports from F4WOnline (via WrestlingInc) are surfacing that WWE may be on the verge of altering the bout and adding in an extra man—CM Punk or Daniel Bryan seem the most likely candidates.
Hopefully the company follows through with this, otherwise Orton vs. Batista would be one of—maybe even the worst—WrestleMania main events ever.
Granted, WrestleMania bouts like Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy (II), Hogan vs. Yokozuna (IX), Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter (VII) and Hogan vs. Sid Justice (VIII) were awful. These matches were absolutely hideous.
Even the biggest Hogan fan would have to admit that that their man was never up to much in the ring.
But at least “The Hulkster” was hugely over and his fans were into these matches. That is more than Orton vs. Batista has going for it right now.
Alas, Orton also finds himself being mentioned again on this list.
His bout against Triple H at WrestleMania XXV in 2009 wasn't an in-ring mess, but it also wasn't anything special. A terrible and borderline ridiculous build-up (Anyone remember Triple H breaking into Orton's home with a sledgehammer?) as well as the fantastic Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker bout earlier in the evening ensured that few cared about the match come the end of the show.
Chris Jericho vs. Triple H at the 2002 event was another forgettable and lackluster bout easily upstaged by a show-stealing match (The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan) earlier in the night.
Poor Hunter just can't catch a break. He often seems to get upstaged on the big show.
The Miz vs. John Cena at WrestleMania in 2011 wasn't anything special either, although at least people seemed somewhat interested in the idea pushed before the pay-per-view of The Rock possibly interfering (inevitably, he did).
However, it's probably not too fair to call Orton-Batista the worst. The competition is just too serious.
Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna at WrestleMania X was a terrible, clumsy match saved only by the feel-good moment at the end.
Psycho Sid vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania 13 was a disaster as well. One even wonders if Undertaker's fantastic performances at the event ever since are some way of making up for this pitiful match.
Bam Bam Bigelow vs. NFL star Lawrence Taylor at WrestleMania XI also springs to mind. It's a credit to Taylor that he tried hard for a non-wrestler, but this match was a debacle.
Those three matches are probably worse than Batista vs. Orton ever could be, if that's any comfort to WWE heading into New Orleans.