The WWE brought back a lot of former stars for the Greatest Royal Rumble in Suadi Arabia and it seems as though it's always a recurring theme in the business.
The Rock returned to the company after a seven-year hiatus in 2011 and went on to headline back-to-back WrestleMania events against John Cena, winning the WWE title during his run, too.
Guys like Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy and Kurt Angle have made their return to the company - although Mysterio is yet to sign back full-time - in the past few years and all three men are immensely popular with the WWE Universe.
So, it would seem that all signs point to former world champions and comeback stories making the WWE a lot of money.
However, when it comes to Batista, it seems like they have different ideas.
Speaking to Chad Dukes on 105.7 The Fan in the U.S., Batista, a star in the biggest movie on the planet right now Avengers: Infinity War, explained how the WWE stopped returning his calls before WrestleMania 34.
“This is all insider stuff, and I usually don’t share. I’m really an old-school kayfabe guy. But they reached out to me earlier this year to possibly come back and do that thing with Ronda. And I said that I would be willing to do it only if we teased something for me and Hunter to go to ‘Mania next year. And they said, ‘Yeah, that would be great. I love that idea.’
And I said, ‘Well, that’s great. I’ll come back a few times during the year, and we’ll tease it, and we’ll work it and we’ll milk it. And we’ll go to ‘Mania, me and Hunter, next year.’ Oh, I love that idea. Let’s do it! And so we literally talked for about like three weeks and then they just stopped calling me.
I sent a text to Hunter. I was like, ‘Hey man, I don’t know if you put any more thought into what’s going on. I’m really excited about the possibilities.’ And I literally never heard back from them. They just stopped talking to me about it.
Man, I don’t know what else I can do to try to... I want to end my career the right way. I’m faithful and loyal to the WWE. I’m proud of being from there and I want to do good business with them, but they just don’t make it easy. You know, they just don’t.”
Batista, who will turn 50 next year, went on to explain that if the WWE pull the trigger on his final run or not, he is likely to retire next year.
Knowing that the WWE have the chance to make a bout between Batista and Triple H for WrestleMania 35 - and they seem to be resisting doing it - raises a hell of a lot of questions.
Surely a movie star the size of Batista would be just what the WWE wants right now and the fans would eat up a retirement tour, so why are they really holding out on him?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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