Given his success within the film industry, it would be understandable if previous WWE superstar Batista admitted that his days as part of the industry were behind him.
Although it may come as little surprise to some members of the WWE Universe, the 46-year-old has revealed in an interview with the HeyUGuys Youtube channel that he would be willing to commit to being part of WWE again.
This commitment does however, come with certain conditions, as Batista explained that he would only be interested in a Chris-Jericho type of deal which did not involve him being a part of televised events.
He explained: "I would [make a return]. I love wrestling...I talked to Chris Jericho recently and he does a lot of untelevised events. And I think I might take that path and do untelevised events..."
Referring to Y2J's varied involvement with the company, Jericho currently presents his own podcast show, Talk Is Jericho, as well as being the presenter of a number of interviews for the WWE Network.
This set-up is doubtlessly one which would work well for an experienced wrestler who has other working commitments elsewhere, but it was only last year that Batista won the Royal Rumble match at the January pay-per-view event.
Another path which Batista could go down therefore would be to maintain his relationship with the company by being scheduled to appear in very few, but still high-profile, matches.
This is the case with the likes of The Rock and the Undertaker who, despite not being committed to televised events full-time, make it known that they are still able to perform excellently in the ring by taking up offers to appear on stages as huge as WrestleMania.
As Batista added: "[With] the television you’re just too locked in, too locked with scripts that aren't that great these days. I just want to go back and entertain the fans.”
It may well be the best idea for him to work his way back into the company through roles which are not televised, but this is not to say that he or WWE should rule out a return to the ring for him in the future.
Ultimately, Batista is still regarded as a huge star within WWE even if he is not appearing under the company name full time and it could well be that a minor role for him away from the ring would be detrimental to the impact his character would have on the WWE Universe.
If Dave Bautista is implying he would make a return to wrestling so long as it did not hinder his filming commitments, it is surely something WWE should take him up on as soon as possible as he would definitely be someone the fans would love to see.
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