Batista Comments On Fan Hate; WWE's Inability To Get Him Over As A Babyface

Batista Tweeted the following:

The plan was for Batista to return to WWE as a top babyface and challenge a top heel in Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania XXX. As part of what can now be termed "the Daniel Bryan revolt," Batista has been used a scapegoat for fans upset about the fact Bryan wasn't even booked in the Royal Rumble match. Batista, on the other hand, returned from a near four-year absence in the bout and went over in a prominent spot. WWE has tried almost everything to get Batista over as a babyface but it hasn't worked.

We noted in our Backstage News from Elimination Chamber that Vince McMahon was “past upset” and a gimmick tweak was seen as inevitable. WWE seemed to tease a tweak on this week's episode of Smackdown as the tagline is - The Animal Unchained. The promotion is Batista will appear at Smackdown in Milwaukee to tell the WWE Universe what he really thinks of them.

The company will tape this week's episode of Smackdown on Tuesday night and we'll have complete taping results here at

  • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

    They screwed him over the way he was brought back. I don’t care who it was it would not have worked. On the flip side his entrance helped build Daniel Bryan even more

  • It has nothing to do with WWE’s inability to get him over; this is about Batista’s inability to *get himself* over. He was wildly unsuccessful. In fact, the fans don’t even generate “heel hate” for him; we just want him gone. Not every superstar can leave and then come back. Jericho can do it seemingly whenever he wants to. Brock Lesnar can do it. Batista can’t.

    • thepowerserge

      Safe to say we can now change the expression from X-Pac heat to Batista heat, right? Finally get ol’ Waltman off the hook.

    • Chris

      Actually, if not for the Daniel Bryan deal he would be a top babyface. The fans wanted to see him, the ratings showed that. If he didn’t win this year’s Rumble and they had him win next year he would be getting cheered still.

      • I respectfully disagree. While Bryan’s lack of a title shot does play a role, simply pinning the whole of the bad reaction on that doesn’t tell the whole story. Batista isn’t over because he can’t get himself over. ADR is more over than he is. They were cheering him last night a little bit and hated every move Batista made. According to “Ashley (who was in attendance last night,” the match was getting *nuclear* heat. Batista is absolutely leaden and boring on the mic (you know, all the things they mistakenly say Orton is) and not much in the ring either.

        In short, Batista isn’t over because of Batista, not Bryan.

        • Ben

          I’m no fan of Batista, but even I have to admit he got over in his prior run. Bryan is a huge part of why Batista is getting so much heat- same goes for Orton, but at least he’s supposed to be a heel (though I still believe it’s more X-Pac heat than heel heat). Facing Bryan or preventing him from main eventing is a massive heat magnet at this point. And how is Orton NOT leaden and boring on the mic? If it wasn’t for DVR I’d never be able to stay awake to watch Raw due to him putting me to sleep whenever he opens his mouth.

          • I completely disagree with your assessment of Orton these days. It’s like it’s fashionable to hate on Orton – so much so that no one is bothering to see how much better he’s gotten on the mic and in the ring. He’s stepped up his game in both respects. I don’t know what else you want.

          • Ben

            I want him to shut up and just wrestle because that’s what he does well. Give him a mouthpiece and let him stick to his strength. Heck, maybe a mouthpiece would help him get over without needing Bryan to do so.

          • Orton’s mic work has improved by leaps and bounds over what it was. He’s not bad at all now. In fact, during his promo with Batista last night, he was downright run. He was enjoying it and I had a blast too. I’m by no means this huge Orton fan but I can give props where they’re deserved and he’s really stepped him game up – both in the ring *and* on the mic. To my ears, he certainly doesn’t need a mouthpiece and hasn’t for a while.

    • Xavier

      It’s because he isn’t Daniel Bryan, Lesnar & Jericho would be getting the same treatment from fans had they had taken Bryan’s spot as well

    • NODDY

      u suck idiot. BATISTA IS A GREAT MAN.

  • ken

    Its not just about Daniel Bryan. It was obvious he was gonna win the rumble. Also, pitching him against
    Roman Reigns in the end was a mistake. Reigns was a house on fire, whereas Batista showed his age. Botching the spear and then getting hit by a good one didn’t help either. Fans have started to get a little more rebellious since the burying of Daniel Bryan, we can only hope this is the PG kids finally grown up. Batista has no business being in the WWE anymore, let alone the main event of Wrestlemania.

  • AlphaMale

    It’s not being NEGATIVE. It’s about being POSITIVE that his match is going to suck and he doesn’t deserve that spot

  • kingdook24

    I’m sorry but in situations like this, social media does not help one’s case. Batista is not a bad guy in the slightest, atleast I hope not. He’s getting this X-Pac Heat, which has now been dubbed Batista-heat it seems, simply because he returned at the wrong place, wrong time. This year, WWE wanted to bring back a big star for a big payout at WM and get something in return for it by free publicity by that star’s movie, show, etc. The fact of the matter is… WWE fans don’t care, and they’re showing their frustrations towards it.

    We already went through this with The Rock… twice. Rock got his payout, his title run, said his catchphrases, promised he wasn’t ever going away… and then he left. Yes, Batista is here for the longer haul but his return is nonetheless the same as Rock. Fans of this generation are not dumb – they don’t wanna see someone just come in for a big payout, win the title and steal the spotlight from the more deserving that are there day in, day out. This is the year of the newer generation but it seems WWE is still trying to hold on to its established superstars for as long as they can… yet they say that don’t have enough main event talent… well… who’s fault is that, WWE?! Fans have been shouting for the longest that it’s now time for the Zigglers… the Kofis… the Rhodes… the CM Punks… the Bryans to lead the way.

    People are tired of Orton. They’re tired of Batista, and he just came back. As much as I’m still a fan of Cena, peole are tired of Cena. I remember a segment with HHH/Punk a while back when Punk was talking to HHH about how WWE has a vision of what type of superstar that they want to put over – somebody with a good look a.k.a. a bodybuilder type persona. HHH went on to say if you want to make it in this business, all Punk had to do was win over the fans.

    Don’t those same rules apply to Bryan? God – I wish they would implement that.

  • Dave

    then WWE shouldn’t have had Batista highjack Wrestlemania from the other wrestlers. Fans aint dumb.

  • Ricky

    The fans didn’t want him to win the Rumble, they turned on the rumble match as soon as all 30 where in and no DB. From there it was they didn’t want Batista to win, to the point where the sided with Reigns. Batista was at his best as a pompus arrogant jerk who wanted the spotlight.

  • Bob’s Diner

    Huh? He left because he “had to”? Oh yeah, that totally explains why he was doing interviews after he left, bad-mouthing the product and how he wasn’t “PG”

    This is his fault as much as WWE’s. If the deal was for him to win the Royal Rumble and main event WrestleMania then not only is it his fault for demanding it, but it is WWE’s fault for agreeing to something so stupid. They seem to make long-term plans on the assumption the fans don’t care about who is wrestling for them now and it is hurting the company long-term.

  • Venom

    I think the fans who are not into Batista are the same fans who wanted him back in WWE. the problem is a lot of us wanted him to come back in an upper mid card level and work his way back up. Not come and walk into a main event spot at mania. Seriously what were they thinking? Main event at wrestlemania should involve people fans have been invested in for the past year. Even The Rock at least made appearances throughout the year leading to him main eventing a match.

  • John

    Batista really needs to work a lot more matches between now and WrestleMania because he can barely make it through to the end of his matches without gassing out! He struggled to get through his promo on RAW because he was so tired.

    • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

      Or spitting through his promos. That’s just gross. Trying to steal a page out of Cena’s play book isn’t helping either. The way he pointed at the sign and what he was saying in the ring about like him or hate him was pathetic. He’s no John Cena and needs to get himself over his own way. It was a little sad watching him. Randy Orton seemed to love it though. Lol! His words were ringing true.

  • Scott Davies

    Daniel Bryan revolt?
    Um its already been called ‘The Yes Movement’

  • Lebron James

    I’m going to attempt and give this match a chance. Orton is an in-ring technician out there. He’s a genius in the ring and I trust he can make this match look a lot better than it can be. Batista is a good powerhouse who has told great stories in the past. Maybe in the next 6 weeks they can build this properly. I’m not going to crap on it until I see it.