Batista was last seen on WWE TV when he wrestled his long-time friend and rival Triple H in a No Holds Barred match back at WrestleMania. The Animal retired from the business following his loss to The Game back in April and has since switched his focus back to his highly successful acting career.
Batista is seen as a WWE legend and someone that the company could call back at any time in the next few years for a one-off match. This is the way the company has been handling their deal with Saudi Arabia since the likes of Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Goldberg, and even Hulk Hogan have made appearances for WWE in the controversial country.
Batista isn’t a superstar that would need the payday that an appearance in The Middle East would give him, which could be why he stated as part of a recent interview with GQ that he wouldn’t go to Saudi Arabia regardless of who WWE wanted him to wrestle.
“I wouldn’t have gone to Saudi at all. I don’t care who they would’ve booked me with. I just would not have gone. But I loved my final match at Wrestlemania, with Hunter [better known as Triple H]. The fans wanted to see two old guys go to war. That’s what we did. That’s the way the match was designed,” he said via Ringsidenews.
Batista went on to state that he tried to talk Undertaker out of his match with Goldberg which turned out to be just as bad as many fans predicted.
The Saudi Arabian government push for legends to be part of their shows but the issue here was that this match was around a decade too late and became dangerous for both men, who were lucky to walk away without injury.
Batista isn’t the only star who has refused to wrestle in the country, the likes of John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and Kevin Owens were all on the list of stars who refused to be part of the most recent show and no doubt more will be added to this list ahead of November’s trip to Saudi Arabia.