Batista's Return A Flop?, John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt, Elimination Chamber Main Event, My Updated Mount Rushmore

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Would you say that Batista's return to WWE has been a flop so far?

Batista's return to WWE has been a disappointment so far. While this may surprise some of you, I'm actually a fan of Batista. I think he's got a great look and sufficient work and I love the fact he proved haters wrong in landing a major movie role. The timing for his return was just bad because of the way WWE was refusing to protect Daniel Bryan. Batista ended up getting in the crossfire and is almost the poster child for the way things used to be. With the rise of talent like Daniel Bryan, the WWE fan base has sent a message. That message is overall ability supersedes looks. Again I'll state, I think Batista's work is fine but it's just the perception his look brings. It also doesn't help things that he won the Royal Rumble and Bryan wasn't even an entrant. We have more on Vince McMahon's reaction to Batista here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com.

With all signs currently pointing to Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena at Wrestlemania XXX, that must mean The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family at Elimination Chamber will be a blowoff match. How do you feel about this? Would you rather see a rematch between the two factions (possibly with some sort of gimmick) at Wrestlemania, or Bray vs. Cena?

If WWE goes forward with the plan to do Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena at Wrestlemania XXX, they could always do Erick Rowan & Luke Harper vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose. I've heard Roman Reigns' name come up in singles matches, although one proposed opponent was actually Ambrose. The first time I heard the plan of Cena vs. Wyatt, I was completely against it. However, after seeing how ready Bray is to take the next step in his work at Royal Rumble, I'm for the match. Bray Wyatt could use the opportunity to really help his career - the real question will be whether or not WWE has enough confidence to put him over Cena at the biggest show of the year.

Am I wrong or does the hype surrounding the match between The Shield and the Wyatt Family seem to be bigger than the Elimination Chamber match itself?

There is a lot of excitement about The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family at Elimination Chamber and I think the build has been brilliant. I'm not sure the hype completely overshadows the Chamber match, considering the winner will go on to headline Wrestlemania XXX but it is at the least a close second. WWE has a big opportunity to showcase six up and coming stars with Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt potential future headliners.

All I've been hearing on sports shows is people talking about who they would put on their Mount Rushmore in sports. Who is on your Mount Rushmore in wrestling?

I've had this question before and I even brought it up in a media appearance last month. It's a hard thing to do but if I had to choose four names for my pro wrestling Mount Rushmore it would have to start with Hulk Hogan. I know there are a lot of stars that came before him and equally good arguments to go with them but Hogan is the reason we have pro wrestling in its current form as a staple of mainstream entertainment. He helped usher in the pro wrestling boom of the 1980s and again in the 1990s. Regardless of what you think about Hogan, there's just no getting around it. After Hogan, I go to the most successful era in pro wrestling and that is the Attitude Era. The Attitude Era took the foundation laid by Hogan and brought the business another step forward. Steve Austin and The Rock are responsible for leading the charge. Like with Hogan, there are others that preceded it and others that participated in it but it was Austin and Rock that led the charge. That leaves us to today where WWE has become more than a professional wrestling company and now an entertainment juggernaut. They are less than one week away from making history with the WWE Network and now have a grasp on the business like we've never seen before. No one has played a bigger role in setting up WWE for this success than John Cena. John is as hardworking as it gets and has been a phenomenal face for the WWE brand as they went from a TV-MA adult wrestling show to a family friendly entertainment empire. That leaves my wrestling Mount Rushmore with Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, The Rock and John Cena. This is going to be controversial and I am by no means trying to slight any worker by excluding them. However, I am taking the biggest faces and putting them together to create what I feel are the four people most responsible for where the business is today. Let’s keep in mind this is also a change from my Mount Rushmore in November 2012 as I am replacing Undertaker with John Cena. This is not only because of Cena's career over the past couple of years but also where he has taken WWE as they launch the WWE Network.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2012: What’s your Mount Rushmore for WWE Divas? - I used to hate this question for WWE wrestlers but when I included it, a great discussion ensued. Everyone is open to their own opinion but my Mount Rushmore of WWE Divas would be Tammy Sytch, Trish Stratus, “Sensational” Sherri Martel and Mae Young. Tammy Sytch created the modern day Diva, Trish is my pick for the top women’s wrestler in the history of the business, while Sherri and Mae created opportunities that paved the way for them to be successful.

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