Prior to UPN’s decision to ban Muhammad Hassan, the plan was for Batista and Randy Orton to begin a long-term title feud after Summerslam. While that is still believed to be the working plan, there has at least been some backstage discussion about other possibilities.
One such suggestion was for Randy Orton to feud with Rey Mysterio prior to making a run at the title. Although that is merely a backstage suggestion, and not at all confirmed, it does speak volumes about WWE’s opinion of the two workers. It specifically demonstrates WWE’s continued faith in Rey Mysterio’s ability to work high-profile heavyweight feuds.