There is something called ring rust, but it does not excuse someone returning and winning the Royal Rumble match straight away from being able to properly execute a spinebuster.
And yes, I find Barrett far more interesting than Batista. He is entertaining on the mic, and good enough in the ring. You admitted yourself that Shield, Cody, Ziggler, and Bryan are deserving, and they are. They deserve to be further up the card than Batista.
Ok? So I said Cody, Ziggler, Bryan, and Shield should move up, that doesn't mean Batista should move down, you can't have a multiple time champion just suddenly become a midcarder. When guys like Cody and Bryan pin Batista it makes them into stars, if they pin a midcard Batista then that won't mean much at all. Its not like those stars won't get their chance so why complain its best to be patient and not get the Ryback treatment, ya know the rushed booking? Barrett doesn't have a rich past to look up or engaging fun feuds, Batista has a defining moveset as a powerhouse and looked badass during his first run. Batista is more compelling than Barrett, when the guy turns heel there's all kinds of possibilities and directions he can go. Can't say the same for a guy isn't so identifiable in the ring.
All Barrett has mic skills, but so did Mr. Kennedy and MVP and look at what happened to them. Mic skills isn't the only wrestling attribute, its having a look, a character, stage presence, the no nonsense badass Animal that brought Batista to the foil.
Actually we swayed from the threads original intent and it seems as though no one is focusing on the thread. This thread was to ask about why we focus on age so much? It was talked about in the Christian thread and every Batista topic. We have this obsession with age and i'm trying to figure out why must it be such a thing in threads like these?