Part of — if not a major part of — being a wrestling fan is fantasy booking. Even more fun is fantasy booking former stars of the business who have the potential to still go in the ring. And of course, booking them at WrestleMania is the icing on the cake. Two names who get brought up often under those criteria are Batista and Goldberg.
Batista returned for a short run two years ago where he was booked into the main event at WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans. Goldberg has not been in a WWE ring for over 13 years with his last appearance coming against Brock Lesnar in what was panned as one of the worst matches in the event’s history inside Madison Square Garden at WrestleMania XX.
Both Batista and Goldberg were booed out of the respective buildings during each’s final matches, but time heals all wounds. Fans will continue holding out hope for one more match from the likes of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, and even Batista and Goldberg. Well, one fan posted to Batista’s Twitter account that a match between the two would be one of the greatest WrestleMania matches ever. The Animal did not agree, as reported by Wrestling Inc.
Batista’s name came up quite a bit during the build to WrestleMania 32 this year and it was reported that he was offered multiple roles at the event. He initially turned down the opportunity to be the special guest referee in the main event between Roman Reigns and Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Then he declined a part in the segment that saw Austin, Michaels, and Mick Foley run-in to lay beat-downs on the League of Nations. Batista’s inclusion would have evened the odds at four on four, but King Barrett’s post-match promo was altered to say that no three men in history could beat his three League partners.
Goldberg, too, was the subject of many WrestleMania rumors leading up to the big show in Dallas. Nothing had enough traction, however, and obviously he did not make an appearance. He silence on the matter was rather conspicuous during the first few months of 2016, but he was gracious enough to his fans to send out a message mere hours after ‘Mania concluded.
WWE and Goldberg have been unable to find some common ground for either the Hall of Fame or a big time appearance of some kind. However, a quick perusal of his Twitter account finds him repeatedly re-tweeting videos and pictures that the WWE Network account posts. So never say never, but it appears highly unlikely that a return match would come against Batista. Batista’s tweet notwithstanding, The Animal was highly critical of WWE’s creative team during his run in 2014, and continued along those lines during his media rounds when the topic of wrestling came up.
Batista was originally promised a run as the World Champion when he came back two years ago. He was penciled in to win the Royal Rumble and then go on to defeat Randy Orton in the main event inside the Superdome. But fan backlash changed most of that. Batista still won the Rumble, but due to the overwhelming crowd support for Daniel Bryan, plans were changed to ride the momentum of the Yes Movement. Batista ending up being reverted to a heel for his WrestleMania match and his two ensuing six man tag matches with Evolution against The Shield. While his initial return was criticized, his work towards the end of his run was praised as he slowly adopted becoming a whiny heel.
Fantasy bookers will have to conjure up other ideas for Batista and Goldberg, however, as that match seems to be as likely as CM Punk returning to WWE anytime soon.
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