Dave Bautista had always hoped for a WWE return that would close out his legacy with a bang. Unfortunately his return in 2014 didn’t materialize the way he had hoped but if it were up to him, he’d like to take another shot.
Batista always talked about returning to the company for one last big run after he left in 2007 to pursue acting. Batista did just that, returning in 2014 in what turned out to be one of the biggest booking blunders in recent memory. Promises of a WWE championship and WrestleMania singles main-event were broken and the fans turned on him faster than any returning star at his caliber in recent memory.
Even with a disappointing return, Batista has been rumored as a guy coming back to the company for WrestleMania 32, specifically with a program against Triple H. Yet one would have to presume that hard feelings from 2014 could get in the way of his return. Not so says Batista, who told Chris Van Vliet from WSVN-TV in Miami that he would love to come back.
“Oh yeah. At the end of the day I love WWE and I’ve proven that I wouldn’t wrestle anywhere else. I feel like wrestling anywhere else would be a step down. I love the company and I will always be appreciative for what they’ve done for me. I would love to go back, they’re just really hard to deal with and also right now my passion is acting and I’m pursuing it. But if the opportunity comes up and they were a little more flexible with me as far as creative, I’d love to. But also, I would do it in a heartbeat and I don’t want big money, I don’t want a limited schedule, if they would allow me to go back and just do house shows I’d be all over it. Because then you just skip all of the red tape and you don’t have to deal with the writers and all that bullsh*t. And my thing is wrestling. Wrestlers. Audience. Ring. That’s all I want.”
That is a real interesting answer if you read between the lines of what Batista is saying. He is saying great things about the company but takes a not so subtle shot at the creative and booking. I also don’t think I have ever heard anyone at his level say that he just wants to come back for house shows. I blogged quite a bit about the booking blunders surrounding Batista’s last run and unfortunately the guy that paid the biggest price for that is Batista. So while he is saying he’d love to come back, he’s also saying he has a problem with creative which is a very interesting answer.
Batista expands on this when he is asked about his last run with the WWE. According to Batista, there was a lot of conflict between him and the creative team.
“I don’t know if it would go any different because it was just butting heads. I was just constantly butting heads with them creatively which is something we talked about well beforehand and I was promised things that weren’t delivered to me. For one, I didn’t want to go back as a babyface. I said it’s not going to work, they don’t want to see me as a babyface. I’m the worst babyface ever. But I’m a good heel, I know how to be a heel, I’m comfortable being a heel and the fans want me to be a heel. But they tried to shove me down everybody’s throats and they rebelled. They’re not idiots and they don’t like it and they don’t want it. Then it became a state of confusion where they didn’t know what they wanted to do with me so they’d just send me out every week regurgitating the same crap and it was just horrible.”
Is Batista coming back? Again, the rumors are that he may be in line for a match with Hunter at WrestleMania 32. He says he’d love to come back but the more you read in between the lines, the more it appears the company has a lot of work to do in making amends with the former WWE champion.