It’s something of a wrestling tradition that retirements mean absolutely nothing, but Batista is determined to be the exception to that rule.
While Ric Flair famously returned after his even more famous retirement match and Mick Foley came back to the ring more times than he had title reigns, The Animal says he has no plans to follow suit.
Appearing at Justice Con, the host joked that now Batista has received his 2nd COVID-19 vaccination, he’ll be ready throw down some Batista Bombs. However, the former six-time world champion was quick to explain that there’s no chance of him coming back.
“Don’t put that out there, people will jump all over that [laughs]. ‘He’s coming out of retirement!’ No, I’m not,” he said. “It’s so hard to convince people that I’m actually retired. You have no idea how tough that discussion is. When a professional wrestler retires, they don’t really retire, they kind of retire. If the pay cheque or event is big enough, they’ll come out of retirement. It’s just not that way with me. I exited the business in such a storybook way, I could never go back. I’m just done. I got to finish on my own terms and nothing is going to bring me back and take away from that.”
After leaving WWE in 2014 Batista returned to the company to mark SmackDown’s 1000th episode four years later. The following February, The Animal made a shock appearance on RAW challenging Triple H to a match at WrestleMania 35.
The pair would eventually face-off at WWE’s showpiece event in a No Holds Barred Match, with Batista determined to finish his career on his own terms. As is wrestling tradition, Batista lost on the night, ‘going out on his back.’
Batista had been scheduled to go into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2020, but he pulled out before the event, saying his induction was being delayed until fans cold attend.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.