This week, Dave Batista gave more details on what went down between himself and WWE back in January when they were in talks for him to team with Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter was the first to report that WWE’s first choice was The Rock. They weren’t able to get him for the show so that is when they called Batista.
“This is all insider stuff, and I usually don’t share,” he told the Chad Dukes 106.7 radio show. “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 (Rousey).”
“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.” He continued, “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!”
He says that he talked with WWE for about three weeks and then they just stopped calling him. He said, “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 noted that he is doing well financially and he doesn’t need to be in WWE but he wants to end his career the right way because he loves working in front of wrestling crowds. He added, “I just want to end my career the right way and next year will be the last opportunity, so if we can’t make something happen by next year, then I’m just gonna officially hang it up.”
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