6-time World Champion and Hollywood Actor, David Michael Bautista Jr., better known by his ring name “Batista” recently spoke with Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan and made a huge revelation which is doing rounds all over the Internet.
“”This is all insider stuff, and I usually don’t share. I’m really an old-school kayfabe guy,” Batista said. “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. 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!”
“So, we literally talked for about like three weeks and then they just stopped calling me,” Bautista continued. “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.”
It is evident that Batista was very keen on teaming up with Rousey at WrestleMania 34 as he wanted that angle to lead to a WrestleMania 35 match between him and Triple H. The Animal would however be replaced by 1996 Olympic Gold Medallist Kurt Angle who would join forces with the UFC legend instead.
The Avengers: Infinity War starrer further added that he still wants to bring his career to a close with one more run in WWE but he does have a deadline for it, thereby stating his retirement plans.
“I told them next year would be my last year. I’m turning 50 next year. I’d be willing to … I feel great. Physically, I’m in great shape. I’ve never let up on that. But I just don’t want to be the old guy in the ring and I don’t want to overstay my welcome. 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.”