After his exit from the company in 2010, Dave Batista has stated in his interviews that he does not like the PG direction of the WWE and will not come back “ANY TIME SOON.” The keyword here is “soon.” Many fans overlook this and interpret Batista’s statement as meaning that he will never return.
The former WWE superstar/champion has moved on to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as well as movie projects. Because of this, people really believe that Batista is never coming back…unless he is offered a big money contract similar to what WWE did with Brock Lesnar. This is all wrong. Just because a wrestler is in MMA doesn’t mean they are not going back to wrestling. The truth is, Batista has never said “never.” He has only stated that he won’t be coming back “soon,” which means that he may return someday…but not soon.
On May 1st, 2013, he posted on Twitter, “Here’s a cryptic message: I’m focused on movies now. No #MMA anytime soon. No #WWE plans either, but not opposed. Hopefully #MyFansSupportMe.” This further proves that he is still open to go back to the WWE.
Batista also left the wrestling company on good terms. According to an interview by Wrestling Observer, “he left WWE because he felt like he didn’t fit in anymore. He feels like wrestling is in a bad spot right now and has gone down hill since the whole PG direction…It leaves a bad taste in his mouth and became too unbelievable & hokey…He felt like he became disconnected from the business and became unhappy with it. He still believes in WWE as a company but there wasn’t a place for him anymore.” As a result of that, he gave WWE about 7 months notice that he wanted to exit and finish the right way. He “made it clear that Vince [McMahon] left the door wide open for him to come back….He enjoys having that opportunity there to go back, if he wants.”
In regards to what he wants for his return, “Batista has no desire to ever work the full time schedule again.” He plans to “return at some point for a final run so he can get closure on his career and officially retire. He is [also] interested in working with WWE behind the scenes in some capacity as well.” In another interview, on Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored, Batista said that he never had the chance to do anything with Brock Lesnar and that’s who he’d like to work with. “Let’s hope the whole PG thing blows over so I can go back and do wrestling the way I like to do wrestling.”
In the meantime, we will be seeing him on the big screen as he secures more movie roles and maybe another MMA fight (he won his 1st match in October 2012). Career-wise, Batista “doesn’t want to be a full-time actor and doesn’t think he will ever be qualified to be one” (Wrestling Observer). As for MMA, he doesn’t see it as a long-term career. It’s more of a dream and a hobby for him to cross over from pro wrestling and become a legitimate fighter like Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley have done. Competing against other fighters and getting the experience in that world is something he has been wanting to do for a long time (Fight Magazine). He wanted to take the opportunity to try it now than to look back years later and regret that he never did it.
Overall, I think us wrestling fans should see this as Batista taking a break from the WWE. It’s nice to see that he is keeping himself busy, trying out new things, and still in good health. I respect his opinion about the company’s current direction. Hopefully he returns within the next 5 years or so. Until then, we will just have to wait and see when “The Animal” is finally unleashed once again.
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