Sometimes comebacks just don't work out the way you want them to.
That is something that Batista is coming to terms with after leaving behind the WWE less than a year after returning from a prolonged absence.
The Second Coming
The WWE superstar spoke in depth to WWE.com about his return, and subsequent exit from the organization and it is clear that there are some things that he would have liked to have done differently.
After spending over four years away from the ring in pursuit of movie fame, the man mountain returned to WWE at the beginning of 2014 shortly after completing filming for the movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.
Initially the response from hardcore WWE fans was positive as they welcomed back the four-time WWE Heavyweight Champion, but after less than six months of action the 45-year-old called time on his career after a backlash from the organization's fans:
"It was weird. It wasn't like a normal response," said Batista.
"It was almost like a personal attack. It had to do with factors that were not in my control, factors and things that were going on in the company with other people, stuff that really had nothing to do with me," the veteran wrestler continued.
Entering various arenas to emphatic boos is always going to grind your gears, even if you are used to playing the role of a heel, but Batista admitted that eventually those attacks hit home:
"To me, it was a little frustrating, a little confusing, and you know, I don't want to say I completely took it personal, but I did somewhat."
Back breaking work
In the in-depth interview piece with the official website of his former employers, Batista also revealed he felt slightly let down by the fans considering the extreme lengths he had gone to on his return to the organization:
"It's like they forgot about my 10 years of pain and suffering and sacrifice," he said.
"And also, my very last match, I broke my back. So I literally broke my back for the fans. And for me to come back and for them to say I didn't deserve the spot that I was being put in? For one thing, I didn't ask for that spot."
Early on in his return Batista overcame Roman Reigns to win the Royal Rumble and it was obvious then that fans did not like the storyline created for the wrestler as boos rang out around the arena.
Vince McMahon and co even added Daniel Bryan late on at WrestleMania following the Batista backlash to abate the crowd's thirst for a new, fan's favorite champion, with Bryan forcing Batista to tap out on route to becoming Heavyweight Champion.
His final appearance came on June 2 when, as had been planned by the organization and agreed upon with Batista, he was denied a shot at the title by Triple H.
Whilst Batista is clearly still frustrated by his lacklustre return to the WWE, he did have an extremely successful career within wrestling and, as any wrestling fan will tell you, you would be stupid to rule him out of yet another return somewhere down the line.
Until then though you will have to make do with watching Batista's highlight reel...
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