Yeah Booker/Batista was dull as dishwater, Batista is pretty much a guy who can work in the right sort of environment (heavyweight sprints), but he's just devoid of anything that appeals to me in a worker. He's got some impressive looking signature moves and bursts of offence, but just like HHH, Edge and Jericho there's just nothing unique/emotive about them, its all formulaic WWE main event style wrestling with restholds, elaborate finishing stretches etc. But there's no heart and soul, no little touches in matches/holds, very little work to envoke a character into the match and the sequences. Its almost like spotfests only without the memorable spots, its just a collection of moves in a match.
IDK if I'd put Batista in the same sentence as Trip, Edge or Jericho; I'd say their pretty emotive even if this emotion can look forced or stupid. Definitely wouldn't say Batista's in the same emotive bracket as Jericho. Maybe 2012 Jericho. The "collection of moves in a match" thing applies to Trip a lot; at least during his I Am That Damn Good period of 02-03, and I think I said something like that in one of the 03 matches I talked about.
I have too much wrestling to keep track of, so I literally pull DVD names out of a hat (or Christmas box, w/e) sometimes to choose what to watch. Today I pulled out the WWE Kane set which I figured I'd never watch, but I actually got through everything I'd never watched before.
HHH v Kane from No Mercy 02 was a match where HHH was definitely emoting, but that doesn't stop the match from being mediocre. Really the guy's selling was pretty bad and he really had no idea how to fill time. On the other side I watched HHH v Kane from Judgment Day 01 and that was a really fun, solid match and Trip looked good. I'd watch that one again.
Two matches with Edge, who was emotive in the Oh Crap I'm The Heel Getting My Arse Kicked way, but I really don't buy him that much. This was 2005 so it wasn't his fake psycho bullshit phase of 07-08, but he isn't the best actor at all. I hate his sort of big spot selling too. Kane chokeslams him on the stretcher and he just stops dead. Maybe I'm being stupid, but I'd like to think you'd hold your back and yell and stuff. Maybe the stopping dead just bothers me because it reminds me of the propfest stunt show matches I don't like. All right matches, but Edge looks like your average wrestler.
LMS v Jericho was really fun but went too long; but Jericho was looking really good running at the beginning and acting tired while getting hope spots in. Kind of like a face in peril in a singles match; exhausted and needing a break before being able to string anything together, and I bought him in that role. So yeah, I think not emoting is a 2012 Jericho thing. I think Chris has looked only looked good three times this year: Rumble, Mania, Raw v Cena.
IDK what my point is, I guess it's that I like all these guys more than Batista.