In the stages of Evolution, not everything goes smoothly. A match that has been previously rumored was confirmed tonight on Raw, as Batista and Triple H will be battling each other at Wrestlemania 35.
But that’s not all; in order to up the intrigue, this match will be a No Holds Barred Match.
This match has been brewing ever since Batista attacked Ric Flair prior to his 70th birthday celebration on Raw a couple of weeks ago. You can see a clip of that below:
Even though their brutal rivalry culminated in 2005, it’s always been a poorly kept secret that there’s no love lost between The Cerebral Assassin and “The Guardians of The Galaxy” star. Smiles quickly turned to scowls during an Evolution reunion on SmackDown 1000 last October when Batista called out Triple H on his less-than-stellar win/loss record against The Animal, and things got frosty quick between the two alpha males. Cooler heads prevailed that night, but it was incredibly clear that the issues that have persisted between the two since WrestleMania 21 were still very much alive.
The conflict entered a new stratosphere on the Feb. 25 edition of Raw. What was supposed to be Ric Flair’s 70th birthday celebration became a statement on the part of The Animal. Feeling as though Triple H wasn’t taking him seriously over recent months, Batista viciously attacked Flair (a man he has often cited as his mentor) in his locker room, leaving “The Nature Boy” in a crumbled heap and bluntly asking Triple H if he had his attention yet.
The Game retorted the following week, castigating Batista’s name and character and insisting that he was a quitter. The Animal seemed unphased by Triple H’s decree though, remaining focused on his sole objective: one last match with Triple H. Batista got what he wanted, but it will be on The Game’s terms.
And so, it will happen. There will be a rare WrestleMania rematch, as these two former friends and Evolution running buddies will face off with matters as personal as they have ever been. At WrestleMania 21, the World Heavyweight Championship was the prize as they squared off; 14 years later, it’s strictly about pride.
Even though this has been rumored for a long time, and the build up and promo to set up the match was average, I still can’t wait. Batista was always one of my favorite wrestlers in the 2000s, and it will be great to see if he’s still got it!
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