It’s been six months since WWE fans last saw Batista on WWE television. When Batista left WWE back in June, the plan was to have him return in time for SummerSlam in August. However, that didn’t end up happening, and now it’s unclear if Batista will ever return to WWE, as he’s having a tremendous amount of success in his post-WWE life.
Like Chris Jericho, Batista is a former WWE superstar who doesn’t need WWE. As a matter of fact, back in August, Batista was a guest on Chris Jericho’s podcast, and they talked about their life outside of WWE, and Batista’s latest run in WWE earlier this year. It’s a great listen, and if you haven’t already checked it out, you can do so here.
Batista is no spring-chicken, as he’s going to turn 46 this coming January. Due to Batista’s age and his success outside of WWE, there have been rumors that WWE wants him to come back and have a retirement match at WrestleMania 31. If the rumors are true, the retirement match could be a bit of an issue, as Batista has said in the past that he wants his final match to be against Triple H, and it’s likely that Triple H is going to be paired up with Sting at WrestleMania 31.
When Batista returned to WWE back in January, the original plan was for him to win the Royal Rumble, and then go on to face Randy Orton for the WWE championship in the main event of WrestleMania 30, where Batista would defeat Orton and become the new WWE champion. That plan was changed soon after the Royal Rumble, as WWE realized that the fans were not going to accept anything other than Daniel Bryan winning the title in the WrestleMania 30 main event.
There are people who believe that Batista was angry that WWE changed their plans, and broke all of their promises to him. At the pay-per-view after WrestleMania 30, Batista was scheduled to face Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship, but Batista refused to work that match because he didn’t want to lose to Bryan again. Instead, Bryan was paired with Kane, and Batista re-formed Evolution with Triple H and Randy Orton, as they took on The Shield in one of the better matches of 2014.
Batista returning to WWE for a retirement match at WrestleMania 31 is a bit far-fetched, but he could return for a retirement match at WrestleMania 32 in 2016.
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