WWE superstar and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Batista was a recent guest on Chris Jericho’s Talk is Jericho podcast.
During part one of the interview, Batista discussed his WrestleMania 30 main event match with Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan and why he was upset with the aftermath the following night on “Raw.”
“This is what I was bent out of shape about,” Batista said. “I loved the match. I love that we put him [Bryan] over in the best way possible, we threw out the bells and whistles, everything. Even up to the point of me tapping out.”
“But the next night we came back and they didn’t want him selling. It wasn’t his fault, you know, Daniel is an incredible worker man, and knows what he’s doing. But they didn’t want him to come back selling. Which drove me nuts man, because we beat the hell out of the guy, the guy’s being pulled off on a stretcher. He gets off the stretcher and comes back and wins, but somehow mysteriously he’s all healed up the next night. That kind of stuff irks me to no end, man.”
Jericho agreed with Batista’s sentiment, saying how Vince McMahon simply attributed it all to “creative license,” although Batista responded by saying it was “garbage.”
He believes the art of professional wrestling is being lost by the subtle touches not being there. The little things can go a long way.
To listen to the full interview, click here.
Batista has been off doing promotional work for his film, although he’s set to return to WWE in the next couple of months. A recent report from PWInsider.com notes that his full-time wrestling career may be over, but that remains to be seen.
With the “Raw” after any WrestleMania always made out to be a big deal, it’s hard to imagine Vince wanting his newly-crowned champion hobbling to the ring after winning the gold at his biggest event. I understand Batista’s resentment towards that kind of booking, though. Rarely do we see guys selling injuries anymore.