There is a lot of negativity towards Batista right now from the Smackdown crew. There is tremendous resentment of him from many in the locker room, some of which he had from day one due to negative things he said about Smackdown while he was on the RAW roster.
Some feel that Batista was a guy hand-picked for stardom by Jim Cornette (when he was head of OVW) and Vince McMahon based off his physique alone, who doesnâ<80><99>t have passion for wrestling that the Benoit and Mysterio types have. Most within the company attribute his popularity with fans to the rub he got from HHH and Ric Flair. The feeling backstage is that they are lucky crowds havenâ<80><99>t completely turned on him already.
Kurt Angle made himself the first to publicly bash Batista when in a recent interview with Live Audio Wrestling he said that Batista is simply â<80><9c>horrible.â<80>