Original WWE Payback Plans For Daniel Bryan, Batista Turns Down Match, Why He’s Leaving



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As PWMania.com reported, Batista isn’t booked for any WWE shows after tomorrow’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view. His last night for the time being is scheduled to be the pay-per-view or RAW on Monday night.

We knew that Batista would be taking some time off to promote Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy but nobody expected it to come this quick. Word is that WWE wanted to do Batista vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at June’s Payback pay-per-view but Batista turned it down. Batista felt that him losing to someone smaller than him, after he tapped out to him at WrestleMania XXX and right before he’s going to appear in a big summer blockbuster movie, wouldn’t be a good fit for him and would not be a good way for fans to remember him until he returns again.

The plan was for Batista to work through Payback and then take some time off but since he turned it down, he’s finishing up early because it was said that WWE has nothing else for him. No word yet on what this means for Evolution. Batista is still expected back for SummerSlam.

(Source: PWInsider)


  • http://scribblepeople.net Mike

    because the first time he left was so pure and clean! What a fool. I think he knows he can’t cut it, he is so slow and sluggish in ring.

    • Jason

      When it comes to muscle-bound guys, its all about power not speed. so saying “he can’t cut it,he is so slow and sluggish in the ring” is irrelevant. Wrestlers has 3 different ways about them #1) some may have both strength and speed, #2) some may have just speed, and #3) some may have just muscle and strength thus lowering speed. which in this case batista is like that. Not every Athlete is the same. So batista should not be criticized for being “slow”

      • http://scribblepeople.net Mike

        i kind of disagree. He should be in really good condition. I get guys that only have super strength. There is mark henry, he is a dude that i do not expect to be fast. But HHH is fast and he is in similar health and age as batista, so… I expect more of batista but he can not really keep up with Daniel Bryan, he knows he would probably not win due to the streak they want D Bryan on.

        I think Batista will not be coming back for a while yet

        • Jason

          Well yeah because batista has this movie this going on.. i guess he’ll be following down RVD’s Path.

          • http://scribblepeople.net Mike

            maybe coming back here and there? Maybe so?

      • Travis Starr

        Rusev is faster than Batista, Samoa Joe is faster than Batista, I don’t know about Joe, but Rusev’s strength rivals Batista’s…

        Oh, and Antonio Cesaro is not only stronger, but faster than Batista.

        • Jason

          Thats what im saying, some Athletes has a fusion of both Speed and power But everyone is like that. Thats the point i’m making.

          • Travis Starr

            Then why keep Batista, when you have guys that are stronger, faster, and better received?

          • Jason

            Because Batista is one of them vets that has just power, just like Mark Henry, Big show etc Its the verity of individuality im guessing

      • TheJakeWaller

        modern day wrestlers aren’t the same as they used to be, even from 10 years ago, five years ago. They seem to not be focusing on big guys anymore, and the apparent “big guys” have speed and power, look at Lesner, Reigns, Big E, Titus, even damn Ryback has some speed. They are all big guys but they have speed, and the aggression, therefore can be face or heel.

        Henry, Khali, Big Show aren’t around, even Brodus Clay has been dropped to NXT. I know there’s the big freaky Wyatts but they probably wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for Bray, and don’t get me wrong, they do their job bloody well, I may stand corrected, but haven’t they shown a few athletic moves, dives over the ropes etc?

        Kane is the only real old fashioned “big guy” left and he’s part time.

        I think WWE tried with the smaller guys, the real wrestling guys 10 years ago, with the likes of Benoit and Eddie headling WM20, Jericho as the first ever undisputed champion etc, I’m not sure why it didn’t work, but with the whole NXT they are trying to make it happen again, as soon as Brock Lesner showed up on the scene in 2000 and something (2002 maybe), they knew they could have big men but have some speed and athleticism about them, rather than the old days when the likes of Kevin Nash could just walk in because he’s tall as anything and earn a living then slag the business down to the ground!

  • Yoyo

    I don’t blame him to be honest.
    He tapped out at Wrestlemania, that’s a big enough, shouldn’t be made to lose again or he just has no appeal when he comes back.

    • TheJakeWaller

      He hasn’t won since returning, so that’s how many years without a win?! ;)

      • Yoyo

        Well apart from the Rumble and Del Rio, but I get your points, no big 1 v 1 matches..

  • No Escaping Gravity

    I hope he stays away. He doesn’t add anything to the show.

    • Jason

      Saying he doesnt add anything is a load of crap. WWE lacks in star power to help this generation of talent. WWE has had their ratings drop so damn much as of late its pathetic. Thats because this generation of talent wwe has no one cares about after watching WWE for over 20+ years. As they say its better with the people you do know then the people you dont.

      • Ray Stewart

        He doesn’t add ANYTHING to the show! He has so much ring rust and shows lack of interest in what is going on around him. As for what he tries to do in the ring he is worse than Cena wrestling smaller guys and has little to no charisma. The WWE does have tons of talent BUT when you have to watch the same 10 guys wrestle every week it gets old and stale. Mix it up some WWE.

        • theripperdannyb

          Im sorry, same ten guys? There wasnt a point in say, the late nineties where EVERYTHING revolved around Stone Cold, The Rock, Undertaker, Mankind, Triple H, Kurt Angle and Vince?

          There has been no change in the talent formula, just the talent itself, the reason the young guys have trouble going over is because they need to beat established stars to look good, but if every single new big thing through the door pinned Orton, Cena and Triple H in the space of a few months, that makes the vets look bad.

          They need a balance of vets and up and comers, Batista helped level that for a short while.

          • http://scribblepeople.net Mike

            there does need to be more of a level playing field. But it isn’t happening as much with the current talent, hard getting certain guys over right now

      • Jesse Bognanno

        wwe lacks star power because they thrive to have only one main star… what are you retarded? ive been watching since the 89-90… theres tons of new guys i look forward to seeing being pushed but vince only wants his money whore john cena in the spotlight. at least with d-bry there is some change for the good so far

        • Jason

          i have to ask.. are you retarded? are you watching WWE just to watch? because with me atleast when i started watching i learned the business and the rhythm that they have been doing for a very long time. when it comes to star power with guys like Edge,Triple H, Batista,Outlaws, etc they add that balance. Because for those who HAVE WATCHED for a long time would know and agree that it IS better to watch the people you know then to the ones you dont know. and to have this star power help out this generation of talent not only helps their careers but to get them noticed.

          • chris

            Not sure I agree with you and ive been watching wrestling for 25 years…some of those guys we know are pushing 40…I like the up and coming talent wyatts,cesaro,shield..i think they re still trying to find the next guy..it seems to be Bryan right now but they re setting the table for Roman Reigns ..I do like watching guys I know but again,those guys are getting close to 40 (Cena,Orton,etc..)and I want to see the guys that are gonna be around for the next 10 years or so

          • Jason

            Can you agree with the fact that Guys from the past comes back to elevate this generation not just their career but get noticed aswell? Like for Example New Age Outlaws & The Uso’s? Chris Jericho & Fandango?

          • TheJakeWaller

            I do agree in a way with both of you.

            I think bringing Dave back was bad for business in a way, WWE has obviously paid him well, but they don’t care, it’s only money. But for what they lost money wise with Dave they got every ounce of energy, frustration, and the rest of our emotions out of us to see Bryan involved at WM, hell, I wasn’t even a Bryan fan, and I’m still not all that into him, but I sure as hell respect the living hell out of the guy and I’m happy to see him as the Champion.

            Problem is they don’t have many people for Bryan to challenge, Batista (he’s gone), Orton (seen that all last year), Cena’s involved with they Wyatt’s (plus that will probably be Cena vs Bryan at WM31 it pushing total divas massively, another 2 years in the making match). People moaned at Cena always winning when he champion, he was boring etc, but who was there for him to beat.

        • http://scribblepeople.net Mike

          i think there needs to be a way to get good new guys over. We lost a lot of good older talent recently

        • TheJakeWaller

          Okay, but Cena isn’t a guy like Dave, hell, he isn’t a guy like CM Punk.

          As much as I love Punk, Cena isn’t going to say “I’m leaving because I want a push” (whether Punk was right or wrong, he and the company certainly made money out of that). Cena isn’t going to give the company a bad name, he will drive his nice bus to Raw, do some radio shoots, meet some kids, grant some wishes, go to the gym, then go do raw, then get his bus and drive to the next town, do the same again, he’s a guy you want in any business you own, someone you know where you stand with.

          And Cena’s part of the total divas thingy, and I can honestly see Cena being a part time player in the next few years, but always been backstage working with the younger guys giving advice etc and being part of the booking team, a trainer or both.

          People hate Cena because he’s a yes man, but a good man!

      • TheJakeWaller

        am I wrong in saying Dave doesn’t do charity work, he doesn’t show up at NXT, he doesn’t even do many interviews on the wwe app, or wwe network.

        I respect any man that has made it the highest company in wrestling, let alone headlined a Wrestlemania, but Batista was here for one big pay day, things got sour when fans wanted Bryan not Dave, maybe it was booked that way, but as a man to return to wrestling and not win a match… I’d be like “sign this check, I’m going to a nice restaurant, then go shopping for some nice new skinny jeans, thanks” … you’d be less interested in the business whether your a legend, a newbie or a Batista.

        • Jason

          Everything you said fits the description of Brock Lesnar. If you want to talk about anyone who is only doing it for the money its sure as hell him

          • No Escaping Gravity

            Lesnar is a real star, Batista is not. Batista is a boring musclehead with limited wrestling ability, zero mic skills, and not much in the way of charisma. Just because he was pushed to the moon after Evolution, doesn’t mean he was good, or even deserved it. The fans have reacted appropriately towards him since he came back.

  • Being Benjamin

    No big loss. I don’t hate Batista but he shouldn’t be world champion. He doesn’t seem to be leaving angry.. From what I read he even wanted to be the one to tap to Bryan.. I would have rather seen him feud with Sheamus or something.. Get the win and have that be the thing that turns Sheamus heel or whatever.

    • Jason

      No big loss? you consider this as not a big loss? the rivalry between the shield and evolution just began and this feud would do great heading into battleground. or even Hell in a cell.

      • http://scribblepeople.net Mike

        we didn’t have him for years. He left mad.

        • Jason

          Storyline wise. Yeah. After getting screwed by cena especially that ducktape move during the last man standing. It didnt surprise me

          • http://scribblepeople.net Mike

            He was mad at more than that. But hard to say. He kind of left a bad taste in my mouth

          • TheJakeWaller

            how could he be screwed, obviously he knew about it, or if not (knowing dave’s anger management skills) he would of said something or walked out alot sooner, and he wouldn’t of come back.

          • Jason

            Storyline Wise, using the duck tape around the ankles taping his legs together around the turnpost is labelled as a “screw job”

    • http://scribblepeople.net Mike

      it’d be great to have sheamus join evolution in batistas place

  • Jesse Bognanno

    batista is leaving to do promos and tv spots for guardians of the galaxy… he doesnt need to come back to the wwe…

    • TheJakeWaller

      dave batista cutting promos… did I just read that?!

  • Ray Stewart

    How is this a loss when you have talent like Swagger, Cena, Cesaro, Ziggler, Drew Macintire (msp), all of the shield, Orton, Kane, Bryant, Barrett, Rhodes, Del Rio, Ryback, Rusev, Sheamus, Wyatt and his boys, and let’s not forget all the talent in the back that they don’t use or don’t know how to use properly. So tell me where the loss is.

    • theripperdannyb

      Easy, how to up and comers get over without beating a big name? Do you think the shield would in the position they are in now without wins over Cena, Orton, Kane and The Undertaker. Vets make young guys look good.

      Look at the 90′s, Austin got over on Bret Hart and Micheals, Rock got over on Farooq and Owen Hart, Mankind on Taker, and Angle on Austin. The biggest players of the attitude era were built on the wars they had with the stars of the early 90′s. What WWE doesnt have at the moment, is too many guys from the PG era, so these reality era up and comers have very few people to go over.

      • http://scribblepeople.net Mike

        Batista is not seen as a believable big man anymore. We have plenty

  • Joey Slater

    Wow, I forgot how much the internet really hates Batista

    • http://scribblepeople.net Mike

      judging by the shock of the audience at RR 2014, dunno if it is just us on the internet.

      • Joey Slater

        That was mainly based on the fact of Bryan not being in the rumble, if Bryan wasn’t as popular I doubt Batista would’ve been booed the way he was, but my point was more that it seems people hate Batista as a guy as well as an on screen character.

        • http://scribblepeople.net Mike

          no i mean he was in for five minutes and maybe he was told to act bad. But he leaned over the ropes and was… tired. He got a negative reaction too.

          • Joey Slater

            At the beginning of his run he looked in quite bad condition/very tired during matches, but I feel leading up to mania and post mania he has got back to the same level he was when he left the company

      • TheJakeWaller

        LMAO I FORGOT BATISTA WON THE ROYAL RUMBLE UNTIL I SAW THIS!

        The world will of forgotten the Royal Rumble in years. Shame really, could of had Batista beat loads of mid cards, but have the mid cards perform well, so every Monday night Batista would beat Kofi, Miz etc, and still look good, Batista having a good bit of momentum going into WM, keeping us all guessing, which tbh really did piss on Bryan winning the title because the build up was so poor, and we all knew for business reasons, weeks, if not months leading up to WM Bryan would win.

        When Batista won at Rumble, I said they need to put Bryan in the match or have Batista put the Rumble spot up for grabs at the next PPV, who the hell wants another Batista vs Orton match… that was so ten years ago, then I thought, oh no! HHH’s buddies at WM, he will bring Flair back as ref, and HHH will some how have a match a WM and be some sort of Evolution reunion, in many ways I was right, it just happened slightly differently then I expected.

        On the whole things are looking up in the wrestling business though, so well done for the turn around, seeing some bad decisions and making then good!

  • Charles Christian

    THIS was the guy worth losing CM Punk over? LOL oh WWE…

    • tyler

      Punk didn’t leave because of Batista.

      • Charles Christian

        Actually… yeah he did. Not solely, there were a few reasons, but the biggest reason he left was because the top WM spot was given to another part timer, this time… BATISTA.

        • tyler

          Actually… no he didn’t. He said in an interview with Ariel Helwani before the rumble that he had no problem with him because Batista was signing a long term contract. Those are words from his mouth. Batista has been on every Raw until now and even a few Smackdowns.

  • http://batmannwo4life.blogspot.com/ Rod Bebenek

    Awww Boo Hoo Batista Wahhhh some one going ta Cry ??

  • Paul Petitfrere

    Well so much for Evolution

  • cj

    So does that mean that Evolution will win tomorrow since he says he doesn’t wanna go out with a loss especially after tapping at Wrestlemania ?

    • TheJakeWaller

      I see it being DQ, unless a member of the shield joins Evolution. Maybe an appearance from Flair? Don’t see a clean win for either guys, hopefully it’s shocking and memorable or Shield win clean

  • Chris Pirolo

    So many of you people are just retards. No other way to put it. One, how is Batista crying when we knew prior to this he was going to leave for a promotion? He’s not filling up air time like the Rock did with trailers. Also, Daniel Bryan winning at WrestleMania was a great fantasy night. But Batista losing to him again would kill his presence and animal like character. When t comes to his ring rust, if you haven’t seen how much better it’s gotten from when he returned in the Rumble and couldn’t last 3 minutes without passing out, and having a 20 plus minute match on Smackdown with Sheamus where it was high paced, you clearly can’t even see the difference between wrestling and and curling. To add to that, many people are over the whole initial hate because Bryan got his moment. Batista personally put him over once so why does he have to do it again? No matter how well the current product is going you people will always find something to bitch about because you have nothing better to do with your lives, and it’s really a sad sight.

    • chris

      But your making the point..what animal character are you talking about..first the WWE blew it by letting everyone know he was coming back instead of surprising us..that was the first mistake..then him winning a lackluster Royal Rumble match was second,the plan blew up in there face ..they prob thought it was gonna be this huge spectacle when he came back but were so shocked that they had him turn heel a month after he got back because of the crowd

    • TheJakeWaller

      Dude, Smackdown was so ten years ago! ;)

      Not many people watch Smackdown man, but to respond to your comment, as much as The Rock coming back wasn’t for me, I just wanted to remember him as The Rock when he was younger, I understood the business concept, and it drew old time wrestling fans and current wrestling fans together, along with new fans. Plus Rock is pretty entertaining!

      Problem is, being a wrestling fan, and having an opinion, everyone’s opinion to an extent is true. Batista hasn’t won since his back, maybe he won on Smackdown, but he should of had matches and won on Raw, stick him against the likes of Kofi, Miz etc, let him get jumped on all match by Kofi, then hit a Batista bomb and win, win every match on raw from RR to the last two weeks on Raw, Dave vs Orton, DQ, last Raw before WM Dave vs Bryan, Orton comes out and RKO’s both and gets DQ’d, the champ goes in with late momentum, Dave goes in a streak of wins, and Bryan goes in with the momentum of the fans, could of been such a better WM but instead was poorly booked, and Dave’s Rumble win will be forgotten, or remembered for the wrong reasons.

  • FlawlessRKO

    Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton at Payback. It’s fitting since that’s the PPV where the tension between the two first started last year.

  • Melissa

    I was excited to learn of Batista’s return, but when he came out dressed like a Belieber and was thrown right into the title mix, I was immediately turned off.

  • Jaime Villasana

    Well i guess im gonna stop watching it again until he comes back

  • TheJakeWaller

    think of the money Dave would earn from the main event title match, work the damn match and give it to charity damn it! It’s like you need the money is it, better still, let an up and coming star take your spot, I don’t mind.

    I’d like to see Orton take his spot for one last match against Byran for the title, but without all the stupid booking and screwing, we all know Orton might not be great on the mic, but he can damn sure work in the ring, was big on him 2002 onwards (around the time of joining evolution, and quite a while after).

    Just go home Dave, Evolution could of been great to see one last time, drag it out for a year or so, occasional match on Raw, a match during the PPV’s HHH wrestle a PPV, Orton and Dave tag team in another, it could be well booked, and Dave could of got alot more money for standing around in his skinny jeans!

  • Raihan Khan

    i agree with batista, daniel is too small ,


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