Death of Wrestling: Batista

Greetings to all… It’s David Davis with my weekly blog: Death of Wrestling. For all of those who read this regularly, you will know that this is not a blog about bashing wrestling; it’s a blog of a frustrated fan, who loves the business and wishes that each week it could be a little better.

So I said to my brother in law that if Batista wins the Rumble then I’m going to stop watching wrestling… Batista won the Rumble and in all honesty, I’ve kind of stopped watching wrestling… I haven’t gone cold turkey so to speak, but I’ve been watching Raw a few days late and always whilst doing other things – in fact, wrestling could be on in one room and I’ll be doing something in another…

First and foremost I need to say that I don’t have a bad word to say against Dave Bautista. He’s given a lot to the professional wrestling industry; he tried his hand at MMA – not for fame, but for personal glory – I enjoyed his role in the Man with the Iron Fists and I’m looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy. BUT I have always had a problem with the wrestling character Batista…

…I don’t know why, exactly; it could be that he’s one of those Vince McMahon throw backs: Oversized men with limited wrestling ability. It could also be that a Batista feud has never been one of my favourites… It could also be that I’ve just never EVER gotten over his Deacon Batista, collection plate carrying days!

Now I’d have to be pretty petty to stop watching something that I’ve followed for the best part of 25 years just because a character I don’t really like very much is having his time in the sun… But it’s not about Batista winning the Rumble; it’s about what that signifies for the WWE as a whole…

I didn’t know it at the time, although I sort of suspected it, but Batista winning the Rumble was going to signify the end of what I’ve been loving about the WWE right now – namely CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Goldust & Cody Rhodes… CM Punk left, which we can’t directly attribute to Batista winning the Rumble, but we know how vocal he’s been about part timers coming back in the past. Daniel Bryan did not win the Rumble, which most thought surely had to be the point of the authority storyline – Daniel Bryan is not the face of the WWE, but despite the odds, he wins the Rumble and there’s NOTHING the Authority can do about him headlining THEIR biggest PPV, Wrestlemania. And I threw in the Rhodes brothers because recently it’s like HHH is just having his friends front and centre – the New Age Outlaws anyone – damn what makes sense for storylines! I was all for Vinny Mac stepping aside and letting Hunter take the helm, but what I didn’t realise is that we were just going to get Vinny Mac Jr.

I just need to say that I don’t personally have a problem with part timers coming back for the Mania – it’s friggin Mania, but even the Rock came back for a couple of Manias before challenging for the belt! I mean come on – if the rock worked his way back up, why the hell does Batista get a free pass???

That’s all folks… As always, post your comments, thoughts and opinions below! Or message me on twitter and let me know what you think the ‘Death of Wrestling’ is and I might just blog about it!!! Peace and I’m out…

  • Dee Drak

    I agree with you! This article was spot on for me, especially the part about stop watch wrestling…I didn’t quit cold turkey either but gradually I feel myself slipping away as I don’t watch the live programming on tv or wait for commercial to take bathroom breaks or get something to eat. I guess for me it’s remembering when I used to run to he rest room during commercial breaks and run back so I don’t miss anything, needless to say that anticipation for PPV’s or live shows has died along with my passion for the business. Good artice!

  • Derrick ZeektheManager Gamble

    This article is definitely on point. I’m all for part timers coming back just because of what their popularity can do for the business. But I don’t think we should take spots and title shots away from those who have been working all year long killing theirselves for the company. It’s a slap in the face when you have been working all year and then your spot gets taken when the BIG EVENT comes around. Maybe that’s why punk got fed up. But that’s a whole other story. Batista has done a lot for the business but he didn’t even look good in the royal rumble so I fail to see how he can main event wrestlemania and close the show especially following Undertakers match and a possible Bryan vs HHH. Even throw in Cena vs Bray and the tag team match is sure to be great as well. So basically the worst match will be the main event. Idk what WWE and HHH are planning but what’s best for business is not their friends. What next? Bring back Xpac give him a title. Give Nash a title? Lol yea that’s best for business. This is the death of wrestling!!!

  • Kenneth

    I was a huge wrestling fan. Going back to when I was a kid watching the NWA and AWA. In my opinion the day Vince bought WCW and eliminated his competition, that was the beginning of the death of wrestling. As a kid it was fun to see the famous Road Warriors known for NWA, show up on WWF tv. It was fun to see Ric Flair known for NWA/WCW, show up on WWF tv. You had that anticipation of wrestlers changing organizations. That added to the aura of wrestling. Once Vince bought WCW, there was no major competition. There was no incentive to step up your game to keep viewers interested. Simply put, I feel the WWF/WWE got complacent as their was no competition to keep them in check. So to me, the day Vince bought out his major competition is the day wrestling began to die.

  • Chuck

    Exactly!!! You pretty much said it all here and I too am sick of wwe getting people with limited abilities. That doesn’t make me want to watch. I’m not a huge cm punk fan but you have to give it to this guy. He’s got it all. Fantastic wrestler and character personality is off the charts. I’ve been watching a few of his older ppv matches and punks def a feature mania wrestler, not Batista! Don’t blame punk for walking out. He deserves better than to be bumped out by the likes of Batista and some other part timers.

  • Matthew Atkinson

    This article couldn’t be even more spot on, it seems that Triple H is slowly killing the almighty McMahon creation, I mean sure bring in part timers but only those that are willing to work to earn a title shot instead of being handed it. The only part timer I like is Jericho because he pushes talent who deserve it, as for Punk walking out I seriously hope he goes to either NJPW or returns to ROH, the whole Triple H era has worn out its welcome, it’s like Punk quoted back in 2012 “this is the land of the giants and only the strong survive….tell me your not that nieve Hunter” but nope the current WWE is run by Triple H and his cronies, we’re in 2014 not the Kliq era or DX era or Evolution era, things need to change dramatically and for the better or the launch of the network will be their downfall, not to mention Mania 30 will be the 4th Mania in a row that won’t be worth watching.