Batista Return on WWE RAW and His Five Possible Opponents

Finally, The Animal Batista has returned to WWE Raw. But who will be his first opponent? John Cena? The Undertaker? Brock Lesnar? CM Punk? 

The Animal Batista has returned on WWE Raw. And for such a highly publicised event, it’s kinda weird that nothing happened.

Batista returned, shook Stephanie McMahon and HHH’s hands, said a couple of words to Randy Orton and that was it. WEIRD!

So, to produce a little more hype for Batista’s WWE return, let’s take a look at the most likely opponents that Batista might be battling in the coming weeks.


Randy Orton

Randy Orton is right now the most likely WWE superstar for Batista to battle. But only because he’s champion. In terms of developing the story, WWE could easily tap into bad blood left from Batista and Randy Orton’s days with Evolution. Personally, I don’t think it’s likely that Batista will end up fighting Randy Orton as there’s a massive storm brewing over WWE and a lot of changes are going to happen.

John Cena

John Cena offers another interesting prospect for Batista. In terms of where the story can go, however, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of legroom. John Cena could obviously win the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble and Batista win the Royal Rumble itself, but this seems unlikely.

CM Punk

CM Punk seriously needs some new challenge. He’s been reduced to fighting The New Age Outlaws. Why? Not sure. This plot came out of nowhere and doesn’t seem to be heading anywhere. And it isn’t likely to head to Batista.  Probably the only place it could go is if HHH takes The New Age Outlaws’ side,  based on the DX days, and then goes on to wrestle CM Punk at Wrestlemania. HHH probably wants in on Wrestlemania XXX, so HHH VS CM Punk could be on the cards.

Brock Lesnar

The most likely match to headline Wrestlemania XXX. Why? Because honestly, right now what fight would be better than the two juggernatus Batista and Brock Lesnar squaring off? It’s also worth noting that Batista is probably the only WWE Superstar who could mount a legitimate challenge on Brock Lesnar. Expect this match at Wrestlemania XXX.


It’s been reported, speculatively, that Batista could face off against The Undertake at Wrestlemania XXX. This, however, had happened before. It would be far more likely for Brock Lesnar to face The Undertake at Wrestelemania XXX, and what a match that would be!

Paul Harrison

Paul M Harrison is an entertainment journalist, novelist, and blogger, and a specialist in the theory of storytelling. Paul Harrison can be contacted via his personal website or on Twitter or Facebook.

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