Batista has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind on social media, nor to express disappointment in his 2014 return to WWE. Yesterday, he managed to do both in a single tweet.
The ‘Spectre’ and ‘My Spy’ star revealed on Twitter that hip-hop artist RZA, most well known for his involvement in Wu-Tang Clan, offered to remix The Animal’s iconic entrance theme by adding brand-new lyrics at no cost, prior to his wrestling return in 2014.
Unfortunately, this partnership never came to fruition as WWE reportedly rejected the idea – with Batista adding that this was “another one of my frustrations of the 2014 shit show if (sic) a return.”
Here’s some cool background shit for ya! My homie @rza from @WuTangClan was going to add some lyrics to my music to give it an updated feel when I went back in 2014… FOR FREE!!!! And the @WWE said NO. 😱Just another one of my frustrations of the 2014 shit show if a return. 🤦🏻 https://t.co/pKu2ROmMZx
— Vice President Drax (@DaveBautista) September 30, 2020
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of WWE not taking advantage of Batista’s wider pop culture connections following his Hollywood breakout. Speaking to MLW Radio in 2016, Batista said that he pitched a return at SummerSlam 2014 to promote his upcoming role in Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. This was apparently met by snickers of laughter from Triple H and Stephanie McMahon as they expressed doubt at the crossover, saying “We don’t know if the movie’s going to be that good.”
Guardians of the Galaxy ended up becoming the third highest-grossing film of 2014, making $772.8 million at the box office.
Thankfully Batista got another chance to redeem his final run in WWE, battling his Evolution mentor Triple H at WrestleMania 35 last year in a feud that was far better received than his 2014 return overall.