We all heard about Batista's "career altering announcement" on Raw. And it turns out the the only career he will be altering is the career of the numerous up-and-coming stars on Smackdown.
And in his first week upon his return, Batista has squashed both the No. 1 contender for the WWE title, Randy Orton, and one half of the unified tag-team champions, Chris Jericho.
We all know Vince McMahon's vision of big, powerful men as marketing tools, with total disregard of their in-ring abilities or charisma, and there isn't a greater example of that than Dave Batista.
Haven't you ever heard of the saying "if it's not broken, don't fix it"? Although Smackdown has not been as powerful as Raw when it comes to ratings, it certainly has been the most enjoyable wrestling show in the past few months.
We have all witnessed the development of the young superstars such as John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler, and saw Smackdown as a platform for them to feel free and show their talents without any ego's hogging them and/or standing in their way.
I have to say that I still loved Smackdown even with the departure of Jeff Hardy, and the temporary departures of Edge and Rey Mysterio. We had CM Punk running the show, with his heel antics, and cutting amazing promo after amazing promo.
We had Chris Jericho who, even though spent more time on Raw than on Smackdown, had some appearances and would also have decent matches.
Not to mention the rising stars such as Dolph Ziggler and John Morrison. We had a Phenom who definitely knows how to run a town. And much others who would do well in the midcard such as R-Truth, Matt Hardy, Cryme Tyme, The Hart Dynasty, Finlay, Kane, Mike Knox, and many others.
Everything was fine and dandy when HHH, Cena and Batista were all on one brand, and we had people who we (the die-hard wrestling fans) enjoy to watch. Why on earth would Vince McMahon (or anyone in that case) want to ruin it? You had Raw for casual fans, with "funny" skits involving Hornswoggle and whatnot.
You had Smackdown for superstars who actually had a living chance of becoming the future of the industry, but with Batista there now, they could all say their goodbye's to their potential. We all witnessed what happened to the midcarders on Raw, they all get buried.
MVP, Jack Swagger, The Miz, and many more probably wish that they were on the blue brand to get some decent air-time.
Then you have the ever-so-ironic rant of WWE officials saying that they are failing to build new stars. And once they start working on that, you get Batista saying "I came to Smackdown for the competition."
I really have no idea what Vince McMahon is smoking, and whatever that is, I think he should try smoking something else for a change.
And what bugs me the most is that not only Batista wins every match he participates in, but he also makes all his opponents look weak! This situation really pisses me off.
I mean we have seen Batista vs Undertaker a million times. They have done Batista vs Chris Jericho on Raw last year. And last summer when they tried Batista vs. Punk, it ruined CM Punk's whole momentum and that made his title reign look like a fluke. And the creative team had to return CM Punk to the mid-card level.
And when CM Punk finally has a place to shine, and show his true potential, Batista has to rain on his parade, and switch brands for "new competition," as if there is one superstar's career which he hasn't (in one way or the other) ruined.
Let's shed some light on Dolph Ziggler, may we? Dolph started off in Raw, and lost his debut match to none other than Batista.
Since then, he has been a mockery in Raw, he became a worthless jobber, let's not forget his Royal Rumble participation, but of course he was a Raw superstar back then.
Suddenly, he was drafted to Smackdown, and that was the saving grace of his career; he got more over and over as a heel, dominated the mid-card division, and is now the No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental championship, and he has had two amazing PPV matches with Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental championship.
Do you think Mr. Dave Batista will stand for that? Do you honestly think that Dolph Ziggler will be able to move to the main event scene now with Batista there? I didn't think so, either.
CM Punk had one of the most depressing World Title reigns I have ever seen in the summer of 2008. During his three-month reign, he only had one clean title defence against JBL on Summerslam, and his other title defences made him look incredibly weak.
But when he moved to Smackdown, he became a superstar; he became the best heel in the industry right now, and probably the most impressive superstar of 2009. How do you think Batista will handle this? By burying him, of course.
Obviously, this whole situation angers me, and I apologize for offending anyone with this rant of mine. But it's just that I find it so unfair to the other Smackdown superstars to have to handle Batista for an unlimited duration of time.
Thank you all for reading my article. Please feel free to comment and I will try to answer all your comments. I hope you enjoyed it. And have a nice day!
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