It was announced that this coming Monday at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario Batista would have a "career-altering announcement." Now automatically this makes you jump to the idea that he will retire, but not so fast.
The retirement does seem like the most obvious and logical idea in our heads at this point. Maybe his doctors looked at his medical history and told him to call it a career. That could be the case and let's face it, Batista leaving will not be a big blow to the WWE.
Batista retiring will mean that we do not need to see Batista torture us on our TV sets. Even though I am neutral on the Batista wrestling situation I do admit he is lacking wrestling talent. So him quiting could be a good thing.
This also allows WWE to bring a talented and well deserving mid carder on Raw up to the main event. You can have a great talented mid carder make his way up to the big leagues. This should be great especially if they can do it half as well as they pushed CM Punk recently.
There are a few great candidates for the main event push, but I think these are the best ones...
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MVP has had to wait so long for a push. When he first arrived on Raw it looked like they might push him to the main event, but now he has been put in the tag division. Well I think the WWE should get him out of their and put him back into singles, preferably have him take Batista's spot in the main event. He has the talent and mic skills to do it. Even though the man plays a better heel I believe it could still work out here.
You can push MVP into the main event against Randy Orton. John Cena is highly favoured to win the WWE Championship at WWE Breaking Point. At Hell In A Cell have John Cena once again retain so Randy Orton can move on to MVP. That should be a great feud. Two great in ring performers and can you imagine the promos?
It could be the slow start of the destruction of Legacy. We all have heard rumors of Dibiase exiting the group by now. He is suppose to officially turn in late November. So you can make it slow and quiet for now and then you can hype it up. For example for now you can him feud with a face for now. Maybe have him in a singles feud with Shawn Michaels or Triple H. You can have him act like a heel for the start. Later on in the feud you can have him do more face-like actions. At the final meeting between Dibiase and Michaels or Triple H. You can have Dibiase win, but right away offer his hand to Triple H or Michaels. It will be accepted and Dibiase can begin a his rivalry with Orton.
The two time american american, Jack Swagger is another great candidate for the push. Although he is not through with me I see that a lot of people on Bleacher Report do like him. Swagger obviously has main event potential. He has great mic skills and has some good wrestling skills. Swagger can do well in the main event. I personally would like to see him in a feud with Triple H. I don't know what it is, but I think those two would work out well together. I would suggest to some how keep him as a heel. I do not think this guy would make a good face. Have another main event heel turn into a face to fill the face void and have Swagger take that heel spot.
Honorable Mentions: Chavo Guerrero, Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, Chris Masters and The Miz.
Okay now that we've got a list of people to possibly fill his spot let's look at the down side of this. Despite now being too big of a merchandise seller this could still hurt them. With the recent loss of Jeff Hardy and the suspension of Rey adding the Batista absence could eventually catch up to them. Hopefully the new face to be pushed to the main event can bring those sales up.
Batista retiring does not mean that he will necesarily be uninvolved with the company. There have been some speculations about Batista becoming the next General Manager of Raw. There is suppose to be a scene where Vince comes out to confront Batista on his retirement and tell him that he is sick of these guest hosts so he would announce he is getting rid of the concept and bringing back the regular GM thing. He would then announce that Batista would be GM.
Most of you are probably hating the idea by now, but think about it. This would be an interesting idea. It wouldn't last to long, but for the time being it could work. Have him be General Manager for like two months and then fire him. So it wouldn't be too bad. There is one thing we are forgetting though. What if he doesn't announce his retirement?
There isn't much of a possibility for this, but what if Batista announced he was on roids? It would be a shocker to the little kiddies in the crowd. This would still give Vince a chance to push a mid carder because it would kinda ruin Batista's name so he would obviously be pushed down. Then you could also have a storyline where Batista finally gets sick of the crowd and turns heel. It won't happen though. It's a thought, but not there isn't a tiny chance that it'll happen.
Once again you have to remember that people who have tried to retire in recent memory such as Shawn Michaels and AJ Styles it has come out another way, having them stay. You could have him about to retire then a guy like Triple H who is close with the man comes out and changes his mind. Or you can have a guy like Randy Orton come out and demand him to admit he is quiting because of him. Something like the Jericho/HBK encounter at SummerSlam, but no one will be punching any wives face this time.
So whatever happens come Monday night, there is sure some expense going into it.
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