Backstage News On The Original Plans For Batista’s Heel Turn

As previously reported, WWE had a segment scripted into Monday’s RAW that was originally intended to feature the heel turn of Batista. As we saw as the week played out, they decided to push the turn back to Tuesday’s SmackDown taping.

The original plan reportedly called for Randy Orton to come out and talk about the fans boo’ing Batista, and claim that they like him more than Batista. That, mixed with the loss to Alberto Del Rio, was intended to set the stage for Batista “snapping” and turning heel on the fans. The idea was that Orton “unleashed The Animal.”

Instead, the decision was made to tone down the segment for RAW and save the actual turn for SmackDown. The original idea also called for a slow turn, with a few segments and matches over the course of a week or so building to it, but they ultimately decided to do the actual turn on Tuesday.

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  • Matt Boone

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    • Jack
      Alternate Wrestle Mania XX. Part 1

      • Killthecrown

        Seeing this really makes me want this to really happen :(

    • Beast

      Say what do you want…but Batista is the best!

      • brad

        Best comment I’ve ever read.

        • Donny Octave

          More like, dumbest..

    • Jeremy-County Roberts

      The dude sucks as a heel and a face. Remember in 09 when Orton was a heel and he was feuding with him? Everyone got behind Orton every night.

      • Josh Knepshield

        I disagree. Batista did some great work as a heel in 2010.

    • JeffDx

      Can’t wait!!!

      • Stay Phokus

        sounds excit…ZzzzZzz

        • GN-0015

          It’s not exciting, it’s exitting!!

          • G.I.R.L.

            Brava, dear.

      • 9 year old boy

        For me it will be last fan streaming match.

    • Mrs. Ambrose #MNW

      Batista is better as a face than a heel imo. But WWE didn’t have a choice but to turn him heel.

      • G.I.R.L.

        How old are you? None of my business, I’m just curious.

        • Mrs. Ambrose #MNW

          How old are you?.

          • G.I.R.L.


            • Mrs. Ambrose #MNW

              Why is it important that you have know my age?.

            • G.I.R.L.

              I don’t “have” to know (evident by my “None of my business…” line); you aren’t obligated to enlighten me. I was curious because I hadn’t noticed you before and now I seem to regularly.

            • Mrs. Ambrose #MNW

              Do you have a problem with me being on Sescoops?.

            • G.I.R.L.

              Though irrelevant to my initial question, absolutely not. One can learn a lot about a person through their use of words and structure of statements. I’ve gotten a very youthful (as in child-like) read from you and wouldn’t want to engage you in a vicious debate down the line just in case you happen to be a child (and I mean a real child, not 8Year-old Boy child).

              Your age would, honestly, answer a question I’ve been asking ever since you first responded to one of my comments a week or so ago.

              Again, don’t feel inclined to reveal. You’re not obligated to do so. Regardless, this is my reason. This is my case.

              Cheers, dear.

            • Mrs. Ambrose #MNW

              I am 26 year’s old I am not a child. I came on Sescoops to comment. I didn’t come here to have problems with anyone. Idc what you or anybody else think of me. I can tell what kind of a person you are.
              Bye dear :)

    • Bryan

      They liked Orton better than Batista? Orton gets no reaction these days so I just find that hilarious. Imagine if Orton actually said that and the crowd would be quiet it would have been the funniest thing in a while.

      • scott

        Y’all IWC guys are so deaf sometimes. Orton still gets a reaction. One of the best in the biz, along with Sheamus and cena also.

        • Bryan

          Oh no doubt about he is one of the best wrestlers in the biz but the problem is it ain’t 2007 anymore no one wants to see him in the main event.

        • Donny Octave

          So when somebody doesn’t like Randy Orton, Batista, Triple H, or dare i say it, John Cena, it automatically makes them an IWC? People can’t have their own opinions, they just have to be labeled with a stupid little nickname that some fat tard sitting at his laptop with one hand stroking his pecker and the other in a bag of Cheetos came up with one day? This is becoming a war of the fat ass computer nerds..

          • Josh Knepshield

            This comment made my day, especially the last sentence. Lol Well played sir.

    • payton

      Batista Is The Man. He Will Beat The Randy Orton.

      • Donny Octave

        But NOBODY WILL CARE when he does, because EVERYONE knows it’s probably in Batista’s contract to win the title, or else his rusty ass wouldn’t be back!

        • payton

          I Was Just Trollin Through The Neighborhood.

          • Donny Octave

            Had a feeling.. But still, nobody’s gonna care when he does..

    • Buzzard Follower

      batista vs randy orton in a empty arena match

      • astronautbutter

        Wow. Showing me this makes me realize that lower arena tickets will not be as awesome as I hoped they would be.

        • Buzzard Follower

          true especially since their will be seats on the ground making the view more of an issue

          • Xykon

            I’m still hoping Batista will wrestle before WM30 and break his neck… preferably the same night Orton breaks his legs so they’ll both miss WM30. At least I won’t have to pay for this crap… it’s included in the WWE network subscription.

            • Noah

              You shouldn’t hope for serious injuries.All you people that complain about it,Don’t f’n watch and stop complaining.But you people still watch and complain even f’n more.Here’s an idea for some people,When Raw is on tomorrow,Put something else on.

            • That Guy

              Wrestling fans are like battered wives. They know they should walk away but they can’t.

      • Stay Phokus

        so the match is taking place in TNA? lmao

        • Buzzard Follower

          tna would get a bigger crowd

        • GodsLoyalSon

          Dang, that was colder then the seventh circle

    • the4thwiseman

      This match may have been good 4 years ago..

    • brad

      I see dave walking out of mania with the strap.

      • Bryan

        It’ll be a depressing moment if Batista walks out of Mania with the strap and instead of the majority screaming yes yes yes yes they’ll be screaming no no no no.

        • Josh Knepshield

          Hopefully if Bortista wins, the stadium will just go quiet with no reaction. That would be awesome.

          • lunchbox87

            It just has sucked the past to years.each year they were on track with something great and had new WM main eventers just waiting with Punk and Bryan and boom part timers show up. First the Rock now Dave. Dont get me wrong i like Dave he was my fav thing that came out of evolution but i wanted some new guys to have their moments plus it made more sense since they have been built those years.

          • Donny Octave

            Honest to god, no it wouldn’t be. These crowds used to be fun back when you didn’t see them much, but now they’re just like a cult, and it’s repetitive. They sit there and cheer for Punk, Bryan, Ziggler, Cesaro, JBL, Lawler, Cole, Themselves, the Soda Guy, the Popcorn guy, The Hobo Outside The Arena, You, Me, Nike, McDonalds, Arby’s, and Papa John’s, and boo anything that has no good interaction with anything i just mentioned, or because they’re bored. It’s getting stupid, and boring.

            • Josh Knepshield

              How is that boring? Lol. Your point of view collapsed upon itself.

            • Donny Octave

              Well, i guess the actual word should be… ANNOYING.

            • Josh Knepshield

              Ok, now I agree.

            • Donny Octave

              Thank god, because if your seeing this Raw crowd, i dont know how anyone could disagree with me! Chicago might never get another WWE Show again.

        • brad

          To you, I’m just glad he’s back it kind of makes wrestling interesting again, because honestly I was about to finally stop watching it for good, but bringing dave back in kinda made me stay.

          • Bryan

            Don’t get me wrong I like Dave but wrong timing especially since Daniel Bryan is the most over guy in the company right now and I have no problem with Batista getting the strap at some stage but not at Mania when Bryan deserves more than anyone else.

    • Josh Knepshield

      Who wins? That’s for the fan to decide.

    • Dustin

      I really hope that WWE listens to thier fans. This event has been 30 years in the making. A historic event in an historic city. Please do not ruin it. Give us that.

    • Ares

      Everyone is going to watch the Main Event whether they say they won’t or not. Batista’s heel turn is starting to interest me on a sidenote lol

      • Donny Octave

        I know i won’t be, i’ll probably forget about it in a couple hours or so lol

    • Donny Octave

      My god, WWE!!! Why didn’t you do the slow turn!? It could’ve POSSIBLY made it at least a little bit better instead of rushing it like typical WWE!

    • Giant_Gengar

      For once I’ve actually debated on whether or not to get WrestleMania. Here’s to hoping something EPIC happens on the way there.

    • Patrick W.

      They’ll have him beat everyone the fans want to see creative do more with.

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    • TVR

      It would be great if everyone in the superdome got up and left during the orton/batista match

    • Shield

      It’s funny cuz when wwe was showing the promos for batista returning, everyone here was like “awesome the animal is returning!!” And now everyone hates him lol

    • satishwarne708

      Batista be like”I have no idea What I’m doing”