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Batista wanted Triple H to be his last WWE opponent to say thank you to him

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In his final WWE match before retirement, Batista faced off against Triple H at WrestleMania 35 last weekend in a No Holds Barred match.

WWE tried to add more hype to the match by adding another stipulation that The Game would retire from wrestling if he lost to The Animal at The Showcase of Immortals.

However, many fans already knew that this would be Batista's curtain call in the ring, and the match did not disappoint.

Both former Evolution members used anything at their disposal to damage one another, but in the end, Triple H managed to pick up the pinfall victory as many fans expected.

Batista announced his retirement from wrestling the following day, and during a recent appearance on Lilian Garcia's podcast, he explained why he wanted The Game to be his final opponent inside the squared circle.

The six-time world champion stated that because Triple H had helped him get his wrestling career off the ground when the two started working together, he wanted to say thanks to him by going out on his back for him.

He said, via Wrestling Inc: "I felt like my career really got started when I started working with Triple H. I never have been around the bush about it, Hunter made me a star.

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"He put a lot of stock into me. He invested a lot into me and put himself on the line physically for me. Not only did he put me over three times clean in the ring to make me a star, but also took the time to have me ride with him and have me pick his brain.

"He just groomed me to be a star in that company, so I wanted to finish out my career for him by just saying thank you to go out laying on my back for the guy.

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"That is what I have always believed. It is the old school belief that I have, when you go out you go out on your back.

"If you go out and build a star do that, and obviously Hunter is already a star, but I wanted my last match to be with him on my back, because that is literally the only way that I can thank him."

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Batista's final match at WrestleMania 35 brings an end to an illustrious wrestling career where he became a six-time world champion, winning the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice.

He also holds the record for the longest reign as World Heavyweight Champion at 282 days and has also won the World Tag Team Championship three times, twice with Ric Flair and once with John Cena, and the WWE Tag Team Championship once with Rey Mysterio.

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