Batista reveals what Vince McMahon told him before his SmackDown 1000 appearance

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At SmackDown 1000, Batista made his return to the WWE after four years away and a blossoming Hollywood career now at the forefront.

The Animal made his return as part of a special Evolution reunion that saw the four-piece group - which has 49 world titles to their name - and it was arguably the highlight of the show.

Batista is 49-years-old now and has often spoken about how he would like to end his career in the WWE.

The six-time world champion has been lobbying for a WrestleMania match with Triple H as his final bout in the company and that would be fitting seeing as The Game took him under his wing in Evolution as a rookie.

Of course, right at the end of Batista's promo on SmackDown, he teased Triple H about the fact he has never beaten him, hinting at a showdown between the two down the road.

Given the amount of time Batista has been away from the company, the legendary big man could be forgiven for feeling a little nervous upon his return.

And despite becoming accustomed to the bright lights of Hollywood, that's exactly what happened.

Speaking to WWE.com after the show, the Animal revealed what Vince McMahon told him just before the Evolution segment.

"It was alright, it probably could have gone a little better, but I think considering how nervous I was," Batista laughed. "I told Vince how nervous I was, he said, 'When you go out there, just tell them, be honest and speak from the heart.' First thing I said, 'I'm nervous' because I was. I didn't want to pull any punches, I was nervous, man."

He then noted how even though today's WWE Universe is newer and perhaps younger, he thought they still understood the group's energy.

"It's a special thing with Evolution, it's just a special group," Batista said. "I know it's a newer audience, but they can feel it. There's a special vibe between all of us, there always has been, there always will be. So, it's a timeless energy."


It was fantastic to see the four men back together and Randy Orton, despite playing a sadistic heel at the moment, looked like he was having the time of his life.

And then there was Batista also telling Flair to 'keep that thing in your pants' that sent the crowd and internet alike wild.

Will we get Batista and Triple H at WrestleMania 35 in New Jersey? Probably. Is that something fans would like to see?

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