Batista-WWE Update, Plans For SummerSlam, NXT Eliminations

– As we recently reported, plans for former WWE superstar Dave Batista to make his professional MMA debut for the Strikeforce promotion fell through when the company was purchased by UFC earlier this year. With Batista’s MMA career still not off the ground yet, there has been speculation as to whether a return to WWE would be in the cards for him.

According to a reliable source, WWE’s creative team does still talk about Batista and how he would fit into current and future storylines. No matter what happens with Batista doing mixed martial arts, the general feeling is that he has not wrestled his final match in a WWE ring.

– With SummerSlam just three months away, WWE is working on the top feuds that will make up the card.

The current plan for WWE Champion John Cena is for him to defend against RAW newcomer Alberto Del Rio. Despite coming up short in title matches at the last 2 pay-per-views, Del Rio is still seen as a top talent by management and is almost certainly a future world champion.

Rey Mysterio vs. R-Truth was talked about as well, but with John Morrison recently undergoing neck surgery, the Mysterio-Truth match was moved up to Over the Limit. John Morrison and R-Truth could now take place at SummerSlam.

– Next week’s episode of NXT: Redemption will see the first elimination of this season. Voting is underway at WWE.com. Here’s a look at the current standings:

  • Titus O’Neil: 19 points
  • Darren Young: 7 points
  • Jacob Novak: 6 points
  • Byron Saxton: 3 points

(Partial Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)