Dave Batista has been away from the WWE for several months now touring the globe to promote blockbuster movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy' - his first major foray into Hollywood.
Having only returned to the WWE in January he was written out by the company in order to pursue his movie career in the expectation of a return around SummerSlam time.
With his return stint far from an outright success however, and WWE fans reacting negatively to the role handed to Batista on his return in January of this year, there has been speculation as to whether Batista would even return to the WWE once his commitments outside of the ring were complete.
But, addressing this issue whilst appearing on fellow WWE superstar Chris Jericho's podcast 'Talk is Jericho' this week, Batista made it clear to everyone his desire to return to the WWE set-up in the near future.
On one condition...
Things must change on return
"I hope so...I want to go back, I miss it," Batista explained when asked by Jericho as to whether fans could expect to see him back in the WWE.
"I love it (but) they need to work with me on creative, you know creative stuff man. You know I really want...I'd like to have more creative control," continued the wrestler turned movie star.
Batista's discontent with the WWE's creative team prior to his self-imposed exile from the company has become increasingly apparent in recent months with the wrestler himself not shy of venting his frustration at the way he was re-introduced to fans after his four-year period away from the WWE back in January 2014.
And his interview with Jericho Thursday evening was no different:
"It's like sometimes they argue with you just to argue with you when you know this is the route we should be going and we end up going that route anyway but it's usually like three weeks too late," Batista revealed.
It is far from surprising that Batista retains issues with the WWE hierarchy considering his less than successful return at Royal Rumble this year. Handed the big-event win on his first night Batista was booed by the crowd as he overcame Roman Reigns and he struggled to adapt to a face role.
The decision to initially push him as a face is something that the superstar clearly harbors resentment for to this day.
WWE passion remains
Whilst he may well hold legitimate frustration with a creative department that has come in for its fair share of criticism recently, listening to Batista speak in the podcast (which can be heard in full here) there is no doubting his passion for wrestling or the WWE experience.
"I love it (WWE). I always tell people I'd take a house show any day over a TV show. I love house shows 'cos you just go out there, do your thing and interact with people.
And if and when he does return Batista seems 100-percent committed to doing it properly, unlike other wrestler's he chose not to name that opt out of the less-glamourous aspects of life as a WWE superstar:
"I don't get that. I've heard, and I won't mention those guys, but when I hear the guys who say they'll only do one TV show a week or they're not going to do house shows I just don't get that that man," vented Batista.
The situation as is had left many in the WWE community speculating that Batista could walk away altogether despite having a supposed two year contract. As seen with CM Punk recently he would hardly be the first wrestler to simply refuse to compete.
That doesn't appear to be in his future plans however judging by his latest comments.