WWE Superstar Batista spoke with The Washington Post this past week to promote “Monday Night Raw” and WrestleMania XXX. In the course of the interview, he mentioned how he felt about his return booking alongside what is currently going on with WWE crowds.

Batista says that when he was told he was going to return to WWE as a face, he was adamantly against it.

“They told me that I was going to come back and be this huge babyface,” says Bautista, using the industry term for fan favorite. He’s speaking in the Verizon Center a couple hours before the cameras start to roll and a sold-out crowd packs in for a live taping of WWE’s flagship program, “Monday Night Raw.” “I said, no, it’s not going to work,” he continues. “They said, no way, they’re dying for you to come back. I said, that’s going to last two minutes, just watch. And sure enough it did.”

And the crowds are the upsetting part for him. He talked about his dislike for the “hijackers” who have been taking over WWE crowds and forcing storyline changes.

“They used to want to interact with the show,” Bautista says. “But now the crowd almost wants to be the show.” He pauses and you can almost see that “u” disappear from his name as Dave Bautista momentarily gives way to Batista. His voice rises. “Well, if you wanna be the show, take your a– to wrestling school, just like I did, just like everybody else here who is busting their a– and actually become part of the show! Don’t just sit in the audience and try to randomly steal the show.”

He also mentioned that while he’s a fan of Daniel Bryan’s, the crowd’s attraction to him has become distracting.

“If you just chant his name for no reason during everybody’s match — it takes away from the show, you’re missing a lot of good entertainment and it’s disrespectful to a lot of really good performers who are putting it on the line,” he says.

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