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Batista Talks Failed WWE Run, Daniel Bryan Rumors and WrestleMania 30

I can’t imagine anyone as frustrated with the WWE in 2014 as Batista. His return at another time would have been big, yet timing wasn’t on his side this past January. Batista spoke on his frustrating six-month run to Chris Jericho on a recent podcast.

Put yourself in Batista’s skinny jeans for a second. Here is a guy that left the WWE at the top of his game and had a superstar run for several years before leaving for movies. Anyone else in that position would have been poised for a big return. That didn’t happen. Batista’s run and subsequent run will go down as one of the most disappointing in WWE history and he isn’t happy about it.

Batista is currently a star in the gigantic movie smash, “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Life is much better for Big Dave in Hollywood as opposed to the WWE where he received loud “Boo-tista” chants from large crowds. Batista has now had a couple of months to shake it off, but that doesn’t mean he has forgotten it.

Daniel Bryan got red hot as Batista returned. The fans saw Batista is an obstacle in front of Bryan’s ascension. Batista was originally scheduled to win the WWE title at WrestleMania. When plans changed to Bryan he says he was okay with that. What he wasn’t okay with is how the 24 hours between Mania and the following RAW went down.

This is what I was bent out of shape about. I loved the match and we put him over in the best way. I mean, you couldn’t… we threw out all the bells and whistles, everything up to the point of me tapping out. But the next night he came back and they didn’t want him selling.
It wasn’t his fault, Daniel’s an incredible worker, he knows what he’s doing, he totally gets it. But they didn’t want him to come back selling, which drove me nuts, man, because we beat the hell out of the guy. The guy is getting pulled off on a stretcher, he gets off the stretcher, comes back and wins but is somehow mysteriously is all healed up the next night. But they didn’t want him selling and even at the end of the night we ended up giving him a bunch of finishes but he was right back up.

That kind of stuff irks me to no end, man. It’s crap to me. It’s garbage. That’s not what we know, man.”
He has a very valid point whether you like him or not. Quite frankly what he proposes here about Bryan selling those injuries would have helped everyone. Bryan would have seemed tougher to fans who saw this guy push through broken bones and sore body parts to win the title, and Batista and Randy Orton are kept strong. I can’t disagree with what he is saying at all here.

Batista also addressed the rumor that he refused to put Daniel Bryan over at Payback in what some reported was the planned main-event.

It’s like, what else can I do, man? I was still getting grief from a lot of fans. There was even some rumor got started that I wouldn’t put Daniel Bryan over over the next PPV and they were pissed at me about that. ‘Who do you think you are?’ And I was like, ‘I just tapped out to the guy at WrestleMania, are you kidding me?!?‘”

I blogged extensively about what went wrong with Batista’s comeback. I said numerous times he should have returned as a heel. Many people forget how awesome his heel run was that capped off his last WWE tour of duty. On top of that you had the Daniel Bryan factor and anyone could have seen that Batista wasn’t the hero fans were looking for. Well anyone but Vince McMahon and Triple H.

They thought it would be better if they advertised it (his return), not sure if they thought more people would tune in. That’s why I actually made my comeback the week before in Dayton, Ohio. Ha ha ha, that’s where you want to make your return. (Sarcastically) ‘I want to make my big comeback in Dayton, Ohio’. They could have cared less, they cheered for like two minutes.

It was just bad right off the bat. They had me coming back… ‘so, we want you to come out and do this thing with Hunter and Steph and Randy’ and I was like, ‘it’s my first night back, you can’t give me five minutes in the ring by myself, me and the fans’?

Yeah, and I told them from the beginning (bringing me back as a babyface) was not going to work. ‘Oh, yeah, they miss you, they miss you, they love you’. I was like, ‘no, that’s going to last for like 30 seconds. They want to hate me and I’m good at that, you know, I’m good at being the guy they want to hate.’ It was a struggle creatively, like right off the bat. It went on for a while and then they finally started working with me a little bit.”

One thing I can say about Big Dave in the way assessed his run is that the guy has a great sense of self-awareness. I can almost guarantee you that most guys in Batista’s position would not have been this honest on such a failed run. Maybe that changes next time he comes back? Maybe he doesn’t come back? All I know is that I still think there is money in him yet it’s up to the WWE to use him right and at this point I have no confidence that it will happen.

The entire interview is worth a listen to so check it out over at Podcast One.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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