Surprised they took the belt off Tana so soon, but I do like this booking of Jay as a heel who comes through on his promises and this habit of limb targeting plus Bladerunner is a really nice touch.
I’m thinking now there are a few possible outcomes, Okada redemption angle this year, probably winning the G1. Also with Ibushi finally committing to NJPW long term I expect him to get at least one shot at the belt.
Jay will probably get at least 1 title defence before dropping the belt, a no defences run would really hurt him so I can’t see that happening.
I am highly skeptical of this claim because I don't know that I buy that Batista has nothing else to do, and can be ring ready and build a program in less than 2 months.
Although I have to admit I would laugh a ton at the concept of Batista making his grand return for the second time at WrestleMania only to get the spotlight stolen by a fan-anointed babyface yet again.
They started that build up a little on that SmackDown 1000 thing, but I'm highly skeptical that even if he's been training that HHH is going to be ready to run a match at WrestleMania.
Knowing WWE, they are going to run Injured HHH vs. Ring Rusty Batista as the main event right beyond Ronda/Becky for a totally heatless match full of bootista chants where they are roundly criticized after-the-fact for refusing to put a much more popular women's angle into the main event less than a month before a Blood Rumble.