Former WWE superstar Batista has taken shots at WWE creative during a recent interview, saying they didn't listen to him when he said he wouldn't win over the WWE Universe as a babyface.
Speaking with WSVN-TV, Batista, also known by his real name Dave Bautista, was promoting the new James Bond movie called Spectre, which he plays a Bond villain called Mr. Hinx.
Here, he was asked about what he would do differently about his previous run in the WWE. Batista returned to the WWE back in early 2014 to win the Royal Rumble and challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30, which was won by the fan favorite Daniel Bryan.
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He revealed the problems which he had with the WWE creative team at the time, as they wanted him to be a babyface instead of his more favorable heel persona.
He said: “I was just constantly butting heads with them creatively, which is something we talked about well beforehand, and I was promised things that weren’t delivered to me. For one, I didn’t want to go back as a babyface. I said it’s not going to work, they don’t want to see me as a babyface.
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"Nobody wants to see Batista as a babyface. I’m the worst babyface ever. But I’m a good heel, I know how to be a heel, I’m comfortable being a heel, and the fans want me to be a heel. But they tried to shove me down everybody’s throats, and they rebelled.”
He went on to recite that the WWE Universe are not idiots and if they're not given what they want, they just rebel more against what the WWE is given them to watch. This could be seen as a mirror image to what the WWE is providing today.
Fan favorites like Cesaro, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens and Bray Wyatt aren't receiving the desired push by the creative team and are just being left on the back-burner, much to the disappointment of fans.
This could be one of the main reasons why ratings have slumped recently because there is no point in the fan watching the programming if they're never going to see their favorite superstar win.
It seems as though the lessons from Batista's failed babyface push haven't been learnt, as once again the WWE refuses to listen to fan reaction to the situation they're providing and adjusting accordingly.