Dave Bautista (or Batista as he’s known in-ring) hasn’t been shy about hitting the WWE with his share of criticisms since leaving the company a few months after WrestleMania 30.
Batista’s comeback run, upended by the exploding popularity of Daniel Bryan, resulted in a failed and misguided attempt to make the big man relevant again, and he certainly wasn’t shy about voicing the displeasure.
Part of that lack of shyness stemmed from his big screen successes. As a top star in one of the year’s breakout blockbusters, Guardians of the Galaxy, Batista started to see more movie roles roll in, including a villainous turn in the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre.
That kind of stability gives you the stroke to voice opinions about your former employer, and on December 20, he voiced another though this one was considerably more subtle.
In fact, he allowed Bleacher Report to do the talking for him, but it was his tweet of the article, “Why Doesn’t Titus O’Neil Have A Bigger Role” that allowed the company some insight into what he really felt.
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) December 21, 2014
In the article itself, published December 19, feature columnist Travis Wakeman made the case for why Titus O’Neil should be getting more love from Stamford.
“It appeared initially that O’Neil would benefit the most from a singles push, but that hasn’t really happened. O’Neil was able to defeat [former tag partner Darren] Young in a singles match at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view in February.
“That should have been the launching pad for a big singles push, but O’Neil just went into a nearly immediate slump, losing frequently to guys like Sheamus and Big Show.
“Apparently, WWE didn’t see him as someone who was ready to be at that level at the time, but there’s no reason to believe he can’t get there.
“With a background as a football player, O’Neil is a physical specimen. At 6’9” and 280 pounds, he’s one of the strongest men on the roster.
“But he also has plenty of charisma to go with those other attributes.”
Batista apparently agreed or else he wouldn’t have sent out the tweet, and he may have a point. The fact O’Neil isn’t being used more also kind of lends credence to the theory that WWE has racist tendencies. They’ve always had problems cultivating their African-American stars. That’s why there are so few black champions and main eventers.
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