Former World Heavyweight champion Batista is set to return to the WWE ring next month for the first time in almost four years.

The news of The Animal's return has had the WWE rumour mill buzzing since the beginning of December, when it was announced that he had been advertised for a live event in February.

Vince McMahon wanted Batista to return as a surprise Royal Rumble entrant and was said to be rather unhappy that the news had been leaked and he was forced to announce the return on Raw Christmas last week.

The Animal hasn't been seen on WWE television since he quit the company following a brutal "I Quit" match with John Cena at Over The Limit 2010, when then General Manager Bret 'The Hitman' Hart announced that despite the injuries he had sustained the night before he would be facing Randy Orton that night on Raw, which he refused and walked out.

Since then he has spent some time at MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) where he won his only match against Vince Lucero by TKO. He has also extended his acting portfolio with lead roles in films starring Russell Crowe and Ja Rule.

But, it seems Batista is ready to return to the place that he first found fame and although we already know the master of the "Batista bomb" is not returning for good, it seems he is staying around for the entire Wrestlemania season, and even competing at Wrestlemania 30.

Whether 'The Animal' will be the one to beat Undertaker's streak or compete for the newly unified WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the only way to find out is to watch "The Road to Wrestlemania" beginning at the 2014 Royal Rumble on January 26th.

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