One thing in wrestling that’s nearly guaranteed to pop a crowd is to have a wrestler who’s been away for a while make a big comeback. Whether it’s through a slow buildup or a surprise return, fans always love to see someone they recognize back in the ring after an extended absence. However, to have a successful comeback, you need to keep the energy going after that initial moment of electricity, and occasionally, whether due to failures of the writing team or the wrestlers themselves, what should have been massive comebacks end up flaming out, sometimes incredibly quickly. Here are some WWE comebacks that either should have been a lot better than they ended up, or in some cases, probably should never have happened at all.
11. Batista (2014)
Although he did manage to win the Royal Rumble and main-event WrestleMania as part of his surprising return, Batista’s second run in WWE was massively overshadowed by a massive fan revolt over WWE’s treatment of Daniel Bryan, resulting in Bryan being inserted in the main event and winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Afterwards, Batista re-united with Orton and Triple H as Evolution in a war against The Shield, but seemed content to fade into the background, before abruptly quitting the group and leaving WWE again during the summer. The most ridiculous part is, the reason why he left was to do promotional work for Guardians of the Galaxy, which ended up as the top-grossing movie of the year and a breakout performance for Batista. However, due to (justifiable) dissatisfaction with how he was handled during his return, and Batista later alleging that Triple H and Stephanie didn’t have any interest in promoting his role in the movie, WWE missed out on a chance to attach themselves to one of the biggest movies of the summer, and angered one of their biggest stars in the process.