A new report has offered some insight as to when Batista will finally take his place in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Batista had been scheduled to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2020. However, the ceremony was postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the rearranged event, both the classes of 2021 and 2020 were inducted together.
While the likes of the British Bulldog and the nWo took place among the legends of the squared circle, Batista announced that he wouldn’t be attending. The former World Champion said that he had asked for his induction to be postponed until fans were again in attendance.
This has led to speculation that The Animal will be announced part of the class of 2022 alongside The Undertaker, Vader and Queen Sharmel.
Despite this, it has now been reported by PWInsider that although Batista will be present for The Undertaker’s induction, he won’t be getting inducted himself. Instead, he is expected to take his place in the class of 2023.
The same report also noted that Glenn Jacobs, better known as Kane, will also be attending WrestleMania.
Batista signed with WWE in 2000, initially heading to Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he appeared under the name Leviathan. The star arrived on the main roster in May 2002 under the name Deacon Batista, where he acted as the enforcer for Reverend D-Von.
However, the character was short-lived, with Batista moving to Raw in late 2002, aligning with Ric Flair, before joining the Evolution stable in January 2003.
Over the next two years Batista’s popularity began to grow, resulting in him turning on Triple H and winning the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 21.
The star later moved to SmackDown where he feuded with The Undertaker among others. A return to Raw followed in 2008, before he left the company two years later.
The Animal returned to WWE television in early 2014, winning the Royal Rumble, remaining with the company until June.
He was last seen in WWE at WrestleMania 35 where he was defeated by Triple H following interference from Ric Flair. Following the match, Batista announced his retirement from professional wrestling. He left the ring with a record of six World Championship wins, four Tag Team Title wins and two Royal Rumble victories behind him.