When a WWE superstar decides to branch out into acting it doesn’t always go to plan for them all.
Although we have seen some good performances from stars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin in The Condemned and John Cena in 12 Rounds; we have witnessed our fair share of terrible efforts such as Triple H in The Chaperone and The Big Show in Knucklehead; whereas Dean Ambrose is next in line for a WWE Studios film, Lockdown.
Not every superstar is guaranteed to be a success in Hollywood; the biggest success story has come in the form of The Rock who started in smaller films before becoming the top grossing actor of the year.
Enjoying Hollywood success
Another former WWE Champion didn’t enjoy great success when he transitioned from the WWE to Hollywood, with several direct-to-DVD releases and roles in Riddick and The Man with the Iron Fists; Batista surprised the world with his performance as Drax The Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
In fact, his brilliant performance as well as the success of the film has resulted in many doubting whether Batista would ever return to the WWE on a full-time basis.
Not a warm welcome
Batista’s return wasn’t met with warm welcomes by the fans, he inherited the name ‘Boo-tista’ as the fans voiced their displeasure at another part-timer returning to hog the limelight. He wasn’t going to stick around for good, the agreement was for him to finish up before SummerSlam so he could promote Guardians and then return after his media duties were over.
He’s already completed his first stint when he won the Royal Rumble and main evented WrestleMania before leaving Evolution; but he was expected to return around SummerSlam, rumours are suggesting that if Batista continues to get big offers from agencies, he will turn his back on the WWE.
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There is also the fact that Batista could potentially get injured in the WWE; this would obviously have an impact on his movie career and would mean he might not get offered potentially big roles. He is already confirmed to be portraying Tong Po in the Kickboxer remake whilst he will reprise his role as Drax The Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, impressive performances there will elevate his chances of becoming a big time player in Hollywood; much like The Rock has become.
Hollywood agencies may not even contact The Animal if he is still competing in the WWE; as they too know the demanding WWE schedule and that Batista won’t be available all the time.
Right now Batista is still under contract and is expected to return, it could be as soon Night of Champions where he could take on Randy Orton. Batista also wants his retirement match to be at a WrestleMania where he wants Triple H in his final bout; could that take place in 2015 where he will officially call time on his wrestling career?
The general feeling is he won’t be extending any deal with the company as studios will begin attempting to recruit Batista; now that he is an asset in the film industry and could be appearing in some big name films in the near future.
WWE fans – what do you think? Will Batista return for another stint? Or will he not return at all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.