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Batista Talks About His Disappointing 2014 WWE Return

During a recent radio interview, former WWE Champion and star of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Dave Batista had some strong words about how he was treated during his most recent comeback in WWE, which had many bumps in the road, and saw the Animal bow out of WWE only a few months into a reported two-year contract, just before he hit it big with his role as Drax the Destroyer in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. Here are a few of the more notable points made by Batista during the interview:

– He wanted to return as a heel, feeling he was a better heel character, but was forced to come back as a babyface (Batista has said in previous interviews that he also saw the Daniel Bryan fan revolt coming and didn’t want to get in its way, predicting that fans would not react well to him getting pushed ahead of Bryan). Batista actually argued with Vince McMahon and Creative every day he was there, due to frustration over shoddy booking.

– He said that the people in charge told Daniel Bryan not to sell the injuries from his matches at WrestleMania, which Batista thought was stupid and kind of buried the work they’d done.

– He was pissed that after all the work Evolution did to put The Shield over as a great team, they literally broke up the day after their match at Payback. He also wasn’t a big fan of the crowd focusing more on his blue ring gear instead of the great match they had (Too be fair, the blue ring gear was terrible).

– After leaving Evolution, he pitched returning at SummerSlam in order to promote Guardians of the Galaxy, but says that Stephanie and Triple H actually laughed and doubted that the movie was going to be any good (In case you were curious, Guardians ended up being the top grossing movie of 2014 as well as a fantastic movie in its own right, and another solid win for the red-hot Marvel Cinematic Universe).

– When he left the first time, it was partially because he felt like the company wasn’t going to give him any movie roles for WWE Studios, but they also weren’t letting him explore other options outside WWE. He felt like nobody cared when he left, and it broke his heart.

You can listen to the rest of Big Dave’s interview with MLW Radio right here

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle is an avid wrestling and film fan. He's been writing about WWE, movies, and video games for Goliath since 2015.