Batista Cannot Win at WrestleMania XXX Following Disastrous Return

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Batista Cannot Win at WrestleMania XXX Following Disastrous Return
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It could arguably be regarded as one of the most disappointing returns in the history of the WWE, and for Batista, things have been far from ideal since he came back to the company.

The hype surrounding his return to the wrestling world suggested it would be a pretty enormous first few months. And indeed, the fact he won the Royal Rumble in his very first match back in the ring confirmed that to an extent. But ironically, that night was where it all started to go wrong for Batista.

The fact that the supremely over Daniel Bryan wasn't even in the Rumble made it a bit of a disaster, and that winning it would almost be like a poisoned chalice. That has pretty much turned out to be correct, as Batista's interactions with the crowd have proven.

His return has been so underwhelming that the supposed main event of WrestleMania XXX has required a third man—probably Bryan—to be added to it to give it some spice and excitement. Batista was, of course, supposed to be the babyface in his rivalry with Randy Orton. But his horrendous return has meant a dramatic reshuffle in proceedings.

Bryan will now be the babyface—and a huge one, at that—in the match, going up against two heels. Batista was forced to turn on SmackDown recently, in order for the remarkably negative chants to have some sort of substance on screen.

And the last couple of months mean that we have now arrived at an impasse in terms of WrestleMania XXX. The plan would have likely been to see Batista win the Royal Rumble, arrive at WrestleMania riding a wave of fan adulation and win the championship. That has not happened. And that means Batista simply cannot win at WrestleMania XXX.

That is not to say he can never win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship—far from it, in fact. Batista is going through a dramatically abrupt heel turn in the weeks prior to the biggest event in WWE history. His character is currently a mess—and that is not the kind of guy that should prevail at WrestleMania.

If we get to a point over the next couple of months where Daniel Bryan becomes the champion and has the belt for a prolonged period, then launching a fully fledged heel Batista into the championship picture would make sense. You would have a guy the crowd genuinely does not like against one it absolutely loves.

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It would even make more sense for Randy Orton to cling onto the championship at WrestleMania XXX. He has been a pretty good champion but has been hamstrung recently by feuding against a guy nobody seems to care about at all.

The simple fact is, now is not the right time for Batista. Whether it was the plan when he came back or not is irrelevant. Plans change. And, for the good of the WWE and WrestleMania XXX, the plan must be for Batista to come out of this match with nothing around his waist.

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