Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Dave Batista recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s podcast Talk is Jericho. The 48-year-old opened up on how he misses professional wrestling and a possibility of a potential WWE return in 2017.
“Yeah, I miss it a lot… There’s nothing like it, you know that. There’s just an adrenaline rush that goes along with it. What I don’t miss is the company, to be honest with you. I don’t miss WWE. I miss wrestling, I just don’t miss dealing with the company and its bulls**t,” Batista said.
Batista’s Hollywood success makes it hard for WWE return
Batista has enjoyed massive success in Hollywood. This makes it difficult for him to make a WWE comeback. However, the man from Washington, D.C., United States expressed a desire to return to WWE for a bigger storyline.
According to reports, Batista turned own a huge segment or a match with The Rock at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando this year. There were also rumors of him having a feud with Brock Lesnar. The Animal versus The Beast would be a huge money maker for WWE, but the issues behind the scenes that Batista has with WWE have made that match hard to do.
“I only worked with Brock in OVW. He worked one house show in WWE, but he just jobbed me out. It was a total squash match. I hadn’t even…we had been with Evolution. I don’t know if I want Brock to drop me on my head. [laughs],” Batista added.
The chances of Batista having another match or another run with WWE are unlikely as of right now. The two parties are likely to do business together again someday, but it seems that Batista is fed up with having to deal with the politics behind the curtain.
Batista wants match with Triple H
Jericho said he was surprised about the WWE not wanting him around more. But, Batista claimed he doesn’t want to do anything else aside from a match with Triple H.
“I’ve asked, yeah, I’ve asked. Well, there’s… I’ve asked for what I want. I’ll tell you and I’ve talked to Hunter about it and I’ve talked to Vince about it. I said I would come back and run a whole program with Hunter. That’s the only thing I’m interested in doing. They’re just not interested in it, you know?” The 48-year-old mentioned.
Batista’s run in 2014 was the perfect example of a wrong place, wrong time scenario. Had Batista made a similar return in 2016 or 2017, fans wouldn’t have been remotely as angry as they were when he won the Royal Rumble and was seemingly going to take Daniel Bryan’s spot.
Batista is one of the great success stories as far as homegrown WWE talents go. Hence, he can have his desired retirement and get the respect and adulation from the crowd that he deserves.
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