Every Spring the WWE has its annual Super Bowl. All you little Hulkamaniacs out there might remember this special concept created by Vince McMahon as Wrestlemania.
What's known in the wrestling world as the showcase of the immortals is heading toward a thirty-first birthday and the show's star power has evolved from the days of Mr. T and Hulk Hogan body slamming Rowdy Roddy Piper's limp body. Today some of these men are so successful they have actually travelled by a few stars themselves.
Case in point with the Animal Dave Batista. You may know him better as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy.
If you're not a wrestling fan then you have no idea how much of an underdog Batista was coming into 2014.
He made his return to wrestling in January after a four year hiatus and the former Heavyweight Champion was unappreciated from the get-go. The new year rung in a weird marathon of WWE placing Batista just close enough to the Main Event so he's relevant while also keeping him far enough in the background where his ab crevices collect a blaringly noticeable amount of dust..
For a good part of four months WWE didn't realize they were actually shorthanding a guy about to reach a level of superstardom with the Marvel family he never would've reached in professional wrestling. You see, WWE had a chance to make Batista their champion at Wrestlemania 30.
It could have been a sweet deal where the face of their company also happened to be the face of a smash hit; something not even the Immortal Hulk Hogan could pull off because his movies sucked.
That was a real Buckner move on WWE's part. With two outs, the ball traveled up the first base line at a snail's pace and the slow roller known as That-Marvel-Cash-Flow-Yo went right through the legs of McMahon Corp.
Batista voiced his wrestling frustration during an interview with the Tampa Bay Times earlier this Summer.
“I put it (WWE) aside for now, and that really had a lot to do with my obligations to Marvel,” Batista told the publication. “But it also had to do with the fact that the WWE and I weren’t seeing eye to eye, creatively. The stuff they were doing with story lines just didn’t make sense to me. I’d love to go back. I’m a professional wrestler at heart and I miss it. But I want to be there and be happy with what I’m doing.”
If Batista left an unhappy man with WWE, it's safe to say he won in the end. Just look at how unexpectedly astronomical Guardians of the Galaxy was. According to Forbes Guardians may make $800 million at the box office by the end of its long standing theatrical run.
So now here we are in October - a few months away from the Guardians release on December 9th- and eventually everyone will be able to own a physical copy of Batista's w in the win column. As a wrestling fan I saw the type of crap he ate from fans and bookers so to see him walk away incredibly successful shows there is justice in the universe.
A lot Batista's heat had less to do with his performance and more fans whining that a guy who looked like a goat wasn't the WWE World Heavyweight champion. For some insane reason they felt Batista was in the way of their boy's reign.
The crowd's booming pro-goat stance essentially forced WWE's hand. Batista was quickly taken out of the title picture.
What's funny is the goatly title reign which should have been Batista's barely made it halfway through Captain America: The Winter Soldier's run. He dropped the title after a month due to injury. The WWE gambled on the wrong horse because they surcame to pressure and lost big time.
The gaul of the professional wrestling world to throw away years of love for an uglier, goatlier individual they just met. When WWE comes knocking once again Batista should look at their phone calls the way he would if he were in a relationship like this. Don't answer that unappreciative wench and stick with where you're loved.
Right now Marvel is where Batista calls home so that's where he should be. I'm sure Avengers 3 will be a fulfilling experience for the artist formerly known as the Animal.