It’s been nearly a year since Batista was last seen in a WWE ring, and during his time away, he’s had a good amount of success as an actor. Due to that success, some feel that he may never return to WWE.
Batista has said since leaving WWE that he is interested in doing one more match and then retiring. Batista, 46, says he wants his retirement match to be against his longtime friend and mentor, Triple H, and he wants it to take place at a future WrestleMania. But with Triple H likely taking on The Rock at next year’s WrestleMania, Batista may have to put that match on hold until WrestleMania 33.
Even though Batista has said in the past that he’s interested in returning, Titus O’Neil — who is good friends with Batista — did a Twitter fan Q&A last night, and said that it’s unlikely that “The Animal” will ever make a WWE return. More specifically, Titus was asked if he’d be interested in having a match with Batista. In his answer, he said that he doubts Batista will ever return, but if he does, and if he is still with the company if and when Batista returns, he’d love to, which raises some questions about Titus’s future with WWE.
Batista has been a longtime Titus O’Neil advocate, saying that Titus is one of the most underutilized and under-pushed wrestlers in the entire company. In the past, Titus has shown some ability on the microphone, most notably on an edition of RAW back in November of 2012, where he went back and forth with Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler. So, there’s no doubt that Batista would likely be interested in working with Titus to held shed some light on his ability.
It’s hard to imagine that Batista will never return to WWE, but, with him being in his mid-40’s and his number one priority shifting to being an actor, there’s a good chance that he won’t. Batista is in a rare position where he doesn’t need WWE, and, more importantly, WWE needs Batista more than he needs them. So, it’s likely that Batista — like Chris Jericho, The Rock, and Steve Austin — won’t return to the company to do anything unless he’s offered a good deal, and WWE creative has a good idea for him. If neither of those things happen, then it’s very likely that he’ll be staying in Hollywood.
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