Batista’s latest run in WWE might not have gone down as well as he’d have hoped, but he’s certainly loving life in Hollywood right now as he prepares to star alongside a star-studded cast in Marvel’s latest Avenger’s movie which releases next month.
It seems like The Animal’s return in 2014 was doomed from the beginning, and that is no fault of his own either. It was the soaring popularity of Daniel Bryan which meant the WWE Universe was going to be merciless towards anyone the company chose to win the Royal Rumble and headline WrestleMania XXX instead of him.
While Batista did end up winning the Royal Rumble and main evented WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans, fans did get what they want as Bryan managed to secure a spot in the main event and leave as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion when he took on Batista and Randy Orton - as well as Triple H earlier on in the night.
Despite the huge loss upon his return, Batista stuck around for a while longer as Evolution reformed but failed to get past the dominant Shield on numerous occasions. Then, he waved goodbye and we haven’t seen him in WWE since.
However, Batista has always remained vocal about wanting to make one final return in WWE and wants to have a farewell match against Triple H at WrestleMania, with The Game teaming up with Stephanie McMahon this year to take on Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey.
However, wrestling clothing store grplgme recently caught up with Batista to discuss his future in WWE. After admitting that he won’t be returning this year in New Orleans to battle John Cena - who is expected to face off against The Undertaker - he did go on to reveal that he turned down a Hall of Fame induction as he feels he still has a lot to offer the company.
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He said: “That probably won’t happen, you know, that probably won’t happen.
“But I would love to go back. I’ve been very vocal about that, you know, never say never, and this is why I haven’t accepted a nomination into the WWE Hall of Fame because I just don’t feel like my career is over.
“I still feel like I have plenty to offer, but now it’s just a scheduling issue and also a creative issue. So, never say never - I’d love to go back.”
It’s clear that the scheduling conflicts will all revolve around Batista’s new career in Hollywood, where he’s becoming a much bigger star. On the flip side, the creative issues will all boil down to the plans WWE would have for him and what he actually wants to do.
With him wanting Triple H, it seems like he could have a long wait on his hands to have that retirement match before receiving a well-deserved Hall of Fame induction.
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