Given the success of his last two big-screen outings, you would be forgiven for thinking that the last thing on Dave Batista’s mind would be WWE, however the former World champion has admitted that he would be happy to return to the ring…under his terms.
The wrestler-turned-actor, currently doing worldwide press for Spectre and due to start work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 next year, revealed that he would be interested in a return;
“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.”
Batista’s 2014 return, during which he was booed upon his return and in the infamous Royal Rumble match, saw him fail to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship that he was rumoured to be have been promised, something he appeared to confirm while discussing the comeback.
“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.”