Batista is one of very few former WWE Champions who can say that they have left the company and become successful movie stars. Popularizing himself as an actor following a role on Guardians of the Galaxy after minor roles in other films, Batista has officially committed to the movie scene, and is doing quite well. The former six-time WWE World Champion left the company in 2010, committing himself to endeavors which included acting and, briefly, mixed martial arts. Batista would return to the company in 2014 after a near four-year absence, and won the Royal Rumble amid a swarm of criticism. Although he main-evented WrestleMania 30, and reformed Evolution with Triple H and Randy Orton to feud against The Shield, the run only lasted five months, and creative differences caused another departure.
Batista was recently on The Ross Report to discuss his relationship with WWE. Here is what he had to say.
“[One-off discussions] has been the issue with me, because… I’ve never burned that bridge, and it really is because I still love wrestling and everybody in the WWE has always been really good to me. I have my gripes with the company, which I’m sure everybody does. But at the same time, I don’t ever disrespect the company intentionally. I don’t really have a reason to, but also because I didn’t leave there under bad circumstances. I left just because I wanted to pursue other things. I didn’t walk out on them, I let my contract run out, they knew I was gonna be leaving. So, I did business the right way, and I’m really thankful that I did.”
Batista also answered whether he would be interested in returning to WWE.
“Yes, I would love to go back. But, the reason why I haven’t gone back is because I don’t want to do a one-off. I want to go [back] and I want to wrestle, man. I want to do some house shows and I want to be a part of the program and I love it. You know, the one-off thing, the cheap pop thing, man it doesn’t do anything for me. So know it’s a matter of scheduling, and if I could go back and, you know, if I happen to get injured, is it gonna affect something else?”
He added that it took him a “good three months” to get the reaction that he wanted during his last run, and a cheap pop “turns him off.” He admitted that he has talked to Vince McMahon recently to discuss a return, and reiterated that he would love to come back and have a feud with Triple H.
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