I still think the only rescue option is to have Bryan go into Mania as champ, beg Punk to come back, book him to take the #1 contendership off Bootista, have Batista vs Orton vs Cena in a end of an era triple threat as the sub-main event and then save Cena vs Bray Wyatt for Summerslam.
Whatever way you slice it this is still a fucking disaster. The buyrate for Mania will still be okay, especially with Hogan promoting it as getting in the casuals is what it is all about, but it's not going to break any records thanks to pissing off so much of their hardcore fanbase and surely that should've been the objective right from the start?
It's also going to go down like the Hindenburg in the arena. Rock vs Cena was different as there was no clear face and heel there so it was fine for Cena to get so much heat from the Miami crowd.
This year it's being booked as a heel Orton vs a babyface Batista and that is as far from reality as possible. Most people are simply bored by Orton (though I've actually like some of his stuff in recent months) and Batista is getting negative percentage pop now. It's now even a split reaction, it's either "we hate you because you're a lazy out of shape cunt who is only here because you're HHH's boy" or "you just do absolutely nothing for us." I never "got" Batista in his first run anyway, to me I always remember him as Devon's deacon/bodyguard and he never deserved a push beyond that.
The only question now is, will the half the crowd trying to leave the Superdome early make it out the doors before the 10 minute main event is up?
One good will come out of this though- how awesome is the RAW crowd the next night going to be with Bootista as champ
I think it'd be overly drastic to change up so many of their plans. They could easily relegate Orton/Batista to a non-ME position - Undertaker/Brock could comfortably go last.
I don't know what the final card is going to be, but something like:
Main Event: Taker v Brock
Sub: Orton v Batista
The crowd will likely hate it, so use it as a cooldown match in between two 'hot' matches. Keep it to 15 minutes or less too.
Bryan v HHH
Kane as special referee maybe?
Wyatt v Cena v Roman
I know the idea is for Wyatt/Cena, but a Triple Threat might work better considering the history.
Tag Title match
Personally I'd go for tag team turmoil: NAO, Usos, Los Mats, Rybaxl, Rhodes Brothers, The Real Americans. There's been talk of TRA splitting up, so maybe have their failure to win this be the catalyst?
IC Title Big E vs Winner of Pre-Show Battle Royale.
Rowan/Harper v Ambrose/Rollins
Pre-show IC title:
Battle Royale - winner faces Big E for IC title on the main show.