Batista's WrestleMania 30 Loss Will Not Derail His Push

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Batista's WrestleMania 30 Loss Will Not Derail His Push
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Batista will find a way to "deal with it"

Several months ago, when Batista won the 2014 Royal Rumble match, he seemed poised to become the WWE World Heavyweight champion at WrestleMania XXX.

But rather than going in as a babyface that the crowd is firmly united behind and leaving with the title, things went the opposite route.

Batista would indeed close out WrestleMania and be a part of a moment in history, though it was a complete 180-degree turn.

Instead of having his hand raised in victory, his hand was tapping out to Daniel Bryan—and the crowd loved it.

Most of the time, when this sort of thing happens, it's easy to assume WWE will rethink its initial push and that wrestler will fall back down to the bottom of the pecking order.

After all, how do you bounce back from being so fervently hated by the audience and tapping out to someone half your size?

Luckily for Batista, he is in the midst of an extremely rare situation in WWE history, and things are going to work out better for him in the long run.

If you're a fan of Batista and you're feeling hopeless right now, don't fret.

The first thing Batista's fans need to realize is Daniel Bryan's popularity was inescapable.

Doing anything less than what WWE did at WrestleMania XXX would have been a disservice to the vast majority of the fans, which hurts business.

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Triple H may disagree, but Paul Levesque knows it was best for business.

It wasn't as if Batista lost to someone like Justin Gabriel or Yoshi Tatsu, where all of his credibility would come into question.

Triple H, Randy Orton, John Cena and others have lost to Bryan recently, and their perception from the audience's point of view has not changed.

Because both Bryan and Cena are so popular, the best Batista could have hoped for was being ranked third in terms of important solo-babyface acts in the company.

That doesn't sound so great, does it?

Turning heel offers more flexibility, as Batista has less competition for that top spot.

Now that the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship have been unified and the rush of the Road to WrestleMania season is done, we will see a lot of people take a step back.

Heels like Alberto Del Rio and Damien Sandow are going to have to fight for a main event spot much harder than Batista, who clearly has the backing of WWE brass, as evidenced by what has happened since his return.

His past credentials put him in a spot far above the others with less to their names, and that makes it much easier to trust him in a top role.

If WWE were your business and you had to choose between putting an emphasis on one of your former biggest stars who looks larger than life or someone who doesn't rile up the audience enough to make any true noise, who would you pick?

The former requires significantly less time and effort to work with, and that is a huge bonus point to Batista's future.

WWE knows it wants him at the top and there is a shorter path to get him there than trying to build up someone like Fandango to fill that spot instead.

One bump in the road is not going to destroy that, even if it happened to completely derail what the original plans were.

There are always ways to salvage a career if you are willing to work for it and play it smart.

As such, this is one of the reasons why Batista is currently feuding with The Shield.

Batista is transitioning from working with the most popular star to three people who are also insanely popular in their own right.

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Standing tall over someone like Roman Reigns only helps.

Although the title is not involved, he is not far away from it, and this is not a big step down when you consider just how important The Shield has been to WWE.

These three men are true anchors of the roster, helping out every division and being the cornerstone for The Authority for months.

A feud between Evolution and The Shield will undoubtedly put butts in seats.

Once that program is over with, there are still plenty of other opportunities for Batista to shine, even outside of the WWE title picture.

Brand new feuds with people like Sheamus, Cesaro and Brock Lesnar along with renewed battles against Cena, Big Show and Mark Henry could all be standouts on upcoming pay-per-view events in 2014.

With Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy movie coming out this year, WWE is not going to miss out on the opportunity to promote Batista in a big way and get a lot of attention in reciprocation.

Who is to say that Batista doesn't win the Money in the Bank briefcase or get a title shot around that time frame?

There are far too many notable positions for Batista to be placed in for the next few months to throw in the towel and say that he is doomed already.

It's doubtful this will be a story we've heard so often, where WWE's creative team "can't find anything" for him to do.

Coupling that with the apparent support of Triple H and others who call the shots, Batista is clearly a priority that will not be squandered.

At the moment, The Animal isn't quite at the level he might have been groomed for at the beginning of the year, but you don't have to be above everyone else in order to be a valuable asset.

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This is a great sign for heels, but not babyfaces.

If things would have gone a different route and Batista would have defeated Randy Orton in a singles match at WrestleMania to become the champion as a babyface, he would be in a worse position than he is now.

WWE might try to claim that any reaction from the crowd is good when it comes to Cena, but WrestleMania XXX ending with a chorus of boos from people who don't want Batista as champion would have done more harm than good.

At least now that he is a heel, he can get the correct response from the crowd, which will allow things to run more smoothly.

The fans dictate where things go, and as long as everyone hates the heel Batista, he'll go nowhere but up from here.

 

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.

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