Originally posted by Amos CochranWhy don't they pull the old switcheroo with Bryan and Batista? Bryan gets screwed on Sunday, then Vince or whoever comes back for OMG LAUNCH NIGHT and announces that HHH is ignoring the fans and Bryan should have been in the Rumble yadda yadda yadda. He makes Bryan Vs. Batista for the title shot. Dave tells HHH he doesn't want his help, HHH interferes anyway and it backfires, Bryan wins to face Orton and Batista faces HHH. Gets Dave away from the title scene and gives HHH someone who he won't mind acting the heel for.
HHH/Batista would probably get a similar reaction to Lesnar/Goldberg at WM XX, no matter who is heel or face.
I don't think the backlash is against Batista, but because he's in the spot people want Bryan in.
If the Bryan issue is dealt with I suspect the fans would be quite content to root for Batista as a face.
Originally posted by Amos CochranWhy don't they pull the old switcheroo with Bryan and Batista?
That's ... probably what I would do, come to think of it. If Hunter's really the best, he can get Batista over again. It's a rerun but they only had three really successful matches nine years ago, unlike Dave and Randy who were feuding in 2009. "Preserving the sanctity of the Royal Rumble" doesn't matter when you already screwed up the Royal Rumble and got it booed out the dang 'ding.
I think D. Meltzer figured out the finish (or one of the finishes). Bryan's shoulder goes out and Triple H re-does the real life deal from last July where he has the trainer stop the match against Bryan's wishes.
That's the funny thing with Lesnar, JR actually mentioned that he's (despite popular I.W.C opinion) a natural bad-ass face & they need to explore that option in the future.
On both occasions Lesnar feuded with HHH, the heel face roles were all messed up.
It's the same story with Orton/HHH in 2009, the build up was great, but again, the douche bag corporate stooge was playing the face, & the natural anti-hero bad ass, was playing the heel. Explaining why even though the build up was great, none of the actual matches ever really had any spark.
(the above theory might also explain why Orton/Cena was initially hot, but cooled of... they never switched up the heel face dynamic & were never willing to portray Orton as Cena's equal, & thus it will never be that legendary feud that WWE so wants it to be.)
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Orton Wyatt Boyz Batista Uso Boyz Big E Titus O'Neil Rhodes Boyz (triggering a red-hot Wrestlemania feud. Goldust pins Axel when Axel gets distracted by David Otunga, who announces he is filing a class-action suit on behalf of all the poor saps suffering anal bleeding as a side effect of using Rybaxel. The lead plaintiff is Hornswoggle. After some hard-hitting negotiations on MizTV, mediated by HHH, Rybaxel offers to settle the case for $10 trillion. Hornswoggle consults his friend Big Show, who gives a tear-jerking speech about well sometimes you just have to stand up for what's right. Hornswoggle turns down the money in exchange for a tag match at Wrestlemania. Hornswoggle pins Axel clean with the tadpole splash.)
0) Rhodes Bros./Rybaxel (Tag Team Kickoff Match) - Axel with the roll-up win on Cody by pushing him into Goldust and with the hold of the tights, to get the home turf rub.
1) O'Neil/Young (Prime Time Players Explode) - O'Neil with his finishing maneuver for the pin.
2) Batista/Del Rio - Batista Bomb in a Squash.
3) Outlaws/Usos (Tag Team Title Match) - Usos with the kick, then a splash. Usos finally win tag team title.
4) Wyatt Family/The Shield (Armagheddon) - I could see all tables/barriers/etc being destroyed in this match. Wyatts with the pin via Sister Abigail after Ambrose "accidentally" gets speared by Reigns. Turn made official by Reigns on Raw.
5) Big E/Swagger (IC Title Match) - E with the Big Ending, Colter gets tossed mid-match.
6) Orton/Bryan/Cesaro/Cena/Sheamus/Christian (Elimination Chamber WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match) - I am doing this a little different here. I'll start with the order. Goes Bryan/Cesaro/Cena/Christian/Sheamus/Orton. No one will be eliminated until all are involved. Order of elimination/how/who: 1) Christian/Neutralizer/Cesaro. 2) Sheamus/Running Knee/Bryan. 3) Cena/unable to continue/Wyatt beatdown. 4) Cesaro/Yes Lock/Bryan. 5) Bryan/RKO/Orton after Kane/HHH/Steph/Outlaws-ference.
Originally posted by HeimsOrton Wyatt Boyz Batista Uso Boyz Big E Titus O'Neil Rhodes Boyz (triggering a red-hot Wrestlemania feud. Goldust pins Axel when Axel gets distracted by David Otunga, who announces he is filing a class-action suit on behalf of all the poor saps suffering anal bleeding as a side effect of using Rybaxel. The lead plaintiff is Hornswoggle. After some hard-hitting negotiations on MizTV, mediated by HHH, Rybaxel offers to settle the case for $10 trillion. Hornswoggle consults his friend Big Show, who gives a tear-jerking speech about well sometimes you just have to stand up for what's right. Hornswoggle turns down the money in exchange for a tag match at Wrestlemania. Hornswoggle pins Axel clean with the tadpole splash.)
I think you left out the part about Cena heroically overcoming an injured elbow...
Batista. Lesnar walks out after the match. Gets in Batista's face.
The Wyatt Family. Why are they breaking up all these tag teams that helped bring the division back. The Real Americans, The Shield, The Brotherhood, The PTP, Tons of Funk.
Big E. I want Swagger to win, but they will go with the E. They should keep The Real Americans together. Besides "Yes", "We The People" is the loudest chanted on cue in the WWe.
Orton. Cool spot will be Cesaro will counter Orton's punt into the Big Swing. I really like calling Cesaro "The Next Big Swing."
The Usos. If Punks walk out isn't a work, these two past timers, coming back, getting a Royal Rumble payday, getting the straps, and then getting a Wrestlemania payday is more then enough reason for anyone to walk out.
The 'HHH walks out with the title' bug has entered my head, and i wish that I'd never seen someone suggest it, because now it's festered & won't go away.
In-fact, the more I think about it, the more certain i am that it's happening. Clever dick fans had cottoned on to the idea of HHH doing it at TLC, yet it didn't happen, in fact the end of TLC felt weirdly uneventful, like something was supposed to happen, but didn't.
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus vs. Cesaro vs. John Cena vs. Christian vs. Daniel Bryan, Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: I don't know why this company is insistent on turning Orton into an underdog champion when he's supposed to be the company's top heel, but what do I know? Orton retains.
The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family: The Shield win after Reigns almost single-handedly dispatches everyone. Ambrose turns on Reigns after the match.
Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio: This has to be a last hurrah kind of deal for ADR, because he has absolutely nothing left after this. Batista wins.
Big E. vs. Jack Swagger, WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Can't see them taking the title off Langston. Langston wins.
The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos, WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Why the hell is this company cannibalizing its tag team division for the sake of giving Road Dogg and Billy one last run that nobody asked for? Outlaws retain to set up a WrestleMania showdown.
Darren Young vs. Titus O'Neil: This match depresses me. Titus wins.
PRE-SHOW: The Rhodes Brothers vs. Rybaxel: Speaking of cannibalizing the tag division, here they go teasing the Rhodes breakup, just to send Cody back to midcard heel land, where he first started, thus taking his career in a giant circle. Rybaxel wins, as they continue their long road to nowhere.
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