Unleash the Animal? To say that the WWE Class of 2002 was a monster would be an understatement. With John Cena, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar, Shelton Benjamin and Batista all debuting in the span of a few months, there may never be a better crop of rookies showing up at once. Most of them have wound down their in-ring careers, but one of them might want back in, if just for a little while.
In a new interview with WhatCulture Wrestling, Batista talked about the possibility of another return to WWE. Batista says that he certainly does miss wrestling and that he has a passion for the business. He also talked about his previous run with the company, which he didn’t care for from a creative perspective. Batista wrestled for WWE from 2002-2010 and again in 2014. Here are some highlights, with transcription courtesy of Rajah.com:
On Wanting To Make A Comeback
“I have to say that it’s something I think about daily. I miss it daily. I love it, I have a passion for wrestling. I feel that at the core of me that’s just who I am. I’m a physical performer, and I miss it every day.”
And On His Previous Run With WWE
“I think, one, it would have to be the right time, and two, it would have to be the right opponent. That’s pretty much it, and it would have to make sense. Yeah, I think the last time I went back was with really good intentions and I felt like I wasn’t delivered what I was promised and that was just creatively. So, that would be it, I’d have to have a strong say of what I did and who I worked with. It would have to make sense as far as time, not only do I have to be free, but I also have to factor in there is a risk that I would be injured. If I got injured I would need some time to rehabilitate myself, so I always kind of factor those things in.”
You can see the full interview right here:
Opinion: I wasn’t a big fan of Batista’s last run but there’s certainly something to be said about bringing in one of the biggest stars of the previous generation. He still looks great and if he can bring in some star power, it’s not like it really hurts anything. If he and WWE can come to terms, why not bring him in, even if it’s just for a one off match? It’s not like you can ever have too many big names.
Would you like to see Batista come back to WWE? Who should he face? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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