The last time Batista wrestled in WWE was in 2014 following a six month run that including his only Royal Rumble win and being a part of the WrestleMania 30 main event. Following a loss with his Evolution buddies Triple H and Randy Orton against The Shield at Payback 2014, Batista quit WWE — at least in storyline — because his movie career was about to take off. Since that happened, he has talked about how mad he was that he didn’t get to work more with Daniel Bryan did an amazing wave and hasn’t been a part of WWE since then.
It’s not like Batista is sitting at home doing nothing. Since he left WWE, his movie career has taken off with major roles in Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2, Spectre, Blade Runner 2049, Avengers: Infinity War and more. Needless to say, the man who uses his real name Dave Bautista in movies has been really busy and things aren’t slowing down for the 48-year-old former six-time WWE Champion.
Batista recently appeared on Jim Ross’ podcast for a two-part episode. Part one covered a lot of his wrestling career, including his belief he should have main evented WrestleMania 23, and in part two, Ross asked the man he once recruited to WWE if he wanted to return to WWE one day. Batista explained he wanted to return, but there are some conditions.
“I still love wrestling and everybody in WWE has always been really good to me. I have my gripes with the company, which I’m sure everybody does, but at the same time I don’t ever disrespect the company intentionally and I don’t have any reason to. I left because I wanted to pursue other things. I didn’t walk out on them. I let my contract run out. They knew I was going to be leaving [in 2014], so I did business the right way, and I’m really thankful that I did.”
“The short answer is yes, I would love to go back, but the reason I have not gone back is because I don’t want to do a one off. I want to go and I want to wrestle. I want to do some house shows. I want to be a part of the program. The one-off thing doesn’t do anything for me. Now it’s a matter of the schedule, and if I get injured, it might affect something else.”