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#Batista #Bootista #Bluetista #Byetista - The Animal’s Crap Return

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When a WWE Superstar makes their big return to the squared circle it is usually met with a roar of excitement from the crowd. The second their music hits everybody jumps to their feet, unable to contain themselves – their hero has returned, fully recovered from their injury or itching to perform again in a WWE ring after some kind of career break.

Batista, the four-time World Heavyweight Champion and two-time WWE Champion, surely deserves the same response? Apparently not. Once a fan favourite, Batista made his return to WWE in January this year after a four-year absence and took part in the Royal Rumble match to determine who would compete for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania XXX. Entering at number 28, Batista was not met with the positive reaction you might have expected and was booed heavily when he eliminated Roman Reigns to win the match.

A huge factor in this was that the WWE Universe had hoped to see Daniel Bryan participate in the main event and when all thirty competitors had entered, he was nowhere to be seen. Batista was shunned as a result of somebody else’s popularity, and because nobody was interested in witnessing someone they consider a has-been pinching Bryan’s spot whilst on a short break from his life as a Hollywood movie-star.

It must be assumed that the WWE expected Batista’s return to be a huge success, but the timing was completely wrong and led to what has to be one of the most poorly-received comebacks in professional wrestling’s history. Granted, the likes of The Ultimate Warrior, The British Bulldog, Trish Stratus and Scott Hall have all suffered from pretty dismal returns, but Batista’s saw him thrust into main event status at a time where fans were already beginning to lose faith in the direction the company was heading.

Whether the writers had always planned for Bryan to be added to the title match at Wrestlemania XXX or it happened as a result of the Universe’s dissatisfaction is something we will never know. The plan may very well have been for Randy Orton and Batista to headline the spectacle in a one-on-one bout but the idea was met with such hostility that WWE’s creative team desperately had to “Deal With It”. They were left with no choice but to turn Batista into a super-heel, arrogantly embracing jeers from the crowd and claiming not to be interested in what anybody thought about him as he only came back to win gold.

Fast earning the nickname “Bootista” and being mocked heavily through social media for frequently wearing skinny jeans and a flat cap were almost certainly not what the star of the forthcoming “Guardians Of The Galaxy” had anticipated.

Batista’s run consisted mostly of getting himself disqualified, trying too hard to come across as the bad guy, some pretty average promos, matches that nobody was that bothered about (Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler) and hashtags – the most recent of which trended worldwide on Twitter after his decision to wear slightly different ring attire than usual at the Payback PPV and be embarrassingly dubbed “Bluetista”.

Batista ‘quit’ the following night on Raw and probably got his biggest cheer this side of 2010. Will he return with a more suitable storyline, at a more suitable time? Or will the WWE try and forget about this mistake and keep “The Animal” far away from their future plans?  

Sometimes it seems that Vince McMahon and Co have completely lost touch with what the fans want, and others it seems that they may be simply stoking the fire in order to engage people and create a greater social media presence? It’s something we will never know the real answer to.

There’s only one question we can all answer confidently – Was Batista’s return to WWE a success? No.

#Byetista

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THE BUNNY THE BEAR - “FOOD CHAIN”

For fuck’s sake, is this the kind of stuff that comes out on Victory Records these days? The same label that put out the single greatest metalcore record of all time (Dead To Fall’s “Villainy And Virtue” - not open to debate!), “Full Collapse” by Thursday, and Comeback Kid’s “Wake The Dead”? Is this really what happens these days at Victory Records? Christ on a bike. I don’t know what to say. We are living in a world that’s gone all topsy-turvy.


LESSER KEY - “LESSER KEY”

Lesser Key are four-piece out of Los Angeles that happen to include original Tool bassist Paul D’Amour. His Tooly art-metal origins are quite evident on this record but overall I guess this is essentially just moody, hard rock. Nothing too crazy or groundbreaking going on here and the tracks aren’t especially diverse in their sound making it a little bit samey. Still quite an enjoyable EP though, I’m not sure I’ll find myself listening to it that often but it will definitely get another play or two and could potentially grow on me. Lesser Key remind me of a lot of the alt-rock bands that were around in the early 2000s – off the top my head Chevelle and Vex Red are the best examples I can think of. Yeah, not bad. I’d say I’m indifferent to this for now but I’m sure some people will love it.


COMRADES - “SAFEKEEPER”

I don’t think I was actually prepared to hear something I enjoyed so much when I stuck “Safekeeper” on to write this review. It hit me by complete surprise and I liked it so much that it almost annoyed me that I wasn’t aware of them already. Mostly instrumental, this record is often fucking heavy and pretty intense yet listening to it creates an almost dream-like state, which is the kind of pretentious toss that, in normal circumstances, wouldn’t even cross my mind, let alone make it into a review that other people are actually going to read. Laura McElroy’s captivating, angelic vocals (see, now I can’t stop) work perfectly in the mellower parts, and are often followed up with drummer Ben Trussel’s post-metal style shouting that quickly ramps up the intensity. This demonstrates Comrades’ great ability to switch-up the atmosphere all of a sudden and build their songs in a way that keeps you interested all the way through, poised for what’s coming next - there are even some hardcore-esque gang vocals on “The Compass” that I definitely didn’t see coming. Clearly taking influence from the likes of The Fall Of Troy and The Sound Of Animals Fighting as well as Russian Circles and Pelican, Comrades could best be described as all manner of things that have “post” as a prefix. However, I have no intention of filing this album under anything conclusive other than “awesome”.


HANK CHINASKI - “TALES OF EXTRAORDINARY SADNESS”

Its not often you hear about bands from Jersey, in fact off the top of my head I can’t even name another I’m familiar with, pardon my ignorance. Hank Chinaski’s debut EP has really impressed me and I now want to believe that there’s good scene over there that I haven’t investigated yet. This is a cracking bit of post-hardcore that, in just three-tracks, manages to combine elements of the sounds of Hell Is For Heroes, More Than Life, Cult Of Luna, Pianos Become The Teeth and Sunny Day Real Estate without sounding like a complete mess. You can tell that this band have influences that span a very wide array of (sub)genres and that they are actually capable of encapsulating the parts they want to and turn them into something new without mimicking anybody else. Bonus points for naming themselves after the Charles Bukowski character.


CRESCENT - “BROTHERHOOD”

It’s a bit of a shame that I already had an idea what this EP would sound like just from its title, the intro track confirmed it and set me up perfectly for what was about to come. Apparently Harlow’s Crescent are “part of a very exciting new breed of modern hardcore that will help the UK scene to establish itself as a leader in the genre”. As far as I knew the UK scene was already pretty well established and I can’t really see a shouty-to-singy, speedy-to-chuggy metalcore band that sound a bit like Killswitch Engage being the beginning of much of a turning point in UKHC. Not sure that the true hardcore crew would really dig this but I can imagine it going down quite well with Heart In Hand fans and people that watch Kerrang.


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DEAN AMBROSE LOSING THE U.S TITLE - AN ALTERNATIVE ENDING

This past Monday on Raw we saw Dean Ambrose lose his US title in a twenty-man battle royal that was sanctioned by Triple H, as revenge for The Shield getting the win over himself, Batista and Randy Orton at Extreme Rules the previous night.

It could be argued that it was the right move for Ambrose to drop the belt, restore some life into the championship and give somebody else the opportunity as it hasn’t really been defended much and it seems slightly pointless for him to keep hold of it at the moment.

However, it seems as if this very sudden loss has been executed quite lazily and that, if this was always the WWE’s intention, Dean Ambrose’s reign should’ve ended way back at the start of the year before they were propelled into the main event stories we have witnessed.

Of course there is always the argument that a title defeat would’ve made The Shield look weak when they least needed to, especially after Roman Reigns’ incredible performance in the Royal Rumble match, but based upon the way things have panned out, it’s certain that would’ve been forgotten by now.

The WWE creative team should’ve made a bigger deal out of this, turned it into a bigger story and used it to further fuel the idea that The Authority are making life as hard as possible for The Shield, and that Evolution are the most dominant faction in the history of the business. Here’s how it could’ve all been executed:

The night after Extreme Rules it would be announced that Dean Ambrose is to defend the belt against a strong opponent, let’s say Alberto Del Rio. Ambrose would get the win but it would be immediately announced that he would then have to defend it again on Smackdown later the same week. He would go onto to win that as well and the pattern would continue with the matches becoming increasingly more difficult and unfair. He might wrestle more than one opponent in one night, triple threat matches, and matches with stipulations that put him at a disadvantage but would always manage to overcome the odds and emerge victorious.

Ambrose would wrestle everybody in the locker-room that feels they are deserving of a shot – Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry, Rob Van Dam, Jack Swagger, The Big Show, Fandango, Rusev, Titus O’Neil. He would wrestle both of the Rhodes Brothers in a triple threat match, which would also be a good way of linking in the inevitable break-up of Cody Rhodes and Goldust as they both fight for the same glory. Ambrose may even wrestle in a battle royal akin to the one that we saw this week, but his scrappy, brawling style would eventually lead to him winning it.

Triple H tries as hard as he possibly can to strip Dean Ambrose of the title but to no avail. Imagine the scenes as Ambrose leans through the second rope clutching his gold after just knocking off another opponent as Triple H stands at the top of the ramp turning a darker shade of red with each passing second and threatening to take off his shirt and tie.

We reach the Smackdown before the next PPV, Payback - which has a rather fitting title for what is about to occur – and it is announced that Dean Ambrose will face a mystery opponent that following Sunday with the stipulation that the rest of The Shield are banned from ringside and that Hunter himself will be the special guest referee.

Payback arrives and Ambrose is waiting in the ring to find out who he faces – it’s “The Animal” Batista, to whom he loses the belt after a suspiciously quick three-count from Triple H. You might argue that it is useless to put that belt on Batista, but his run will be so short-lived that he drops it to Sheamus the following night on Raw after some interference from “The Hounds Of Justice”.

The belt that was becoming so stale has now been given a new owner, allowing the Shield/Evolution feud to continue having simultaneously reinforced that Ambrose was a brilliant champion this whole time.

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