Latest On Plans For Batista, Orton On WWE SmackDown!

Brian Cantor

Just before Muhammad Hassan was removed from the equation, the plan was for Batista to defeat Hassan at Summerslam and move onto a feud with Randy Orton. In the weeks that followed, talk began to surface regarding plans for a Batista vs. Eddie Guerrero feud, only for later reports to confirm that Batista vs. Orton was still on the cards. There’s now evidence to suggest that Batista vs. Guerrero might be on after all.

According to, house show lineups for late September feature Batista squaring off against Eddie Guerrero. The lineups also feature the continuation of Randy Orton vs. Undertaker, furthering the notion that the Orton-Batista feud has been postponed.

Assuming WWE does not once again revert to Batista vs. Randy Orton, one can draw the conclusion that WWE deemed Orton unprepared for a high-profile title feud. Orton’s perceived lack of readiness for such a feud was what led to the Guerrero-Batista discussions in the first place, and the feeling is that a lengthier feud with Undertaker can help him rise to the level of being a top heel.

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