‘The Animal’ Batista has admitted that the concept of retirement in professional wrestling holds no credibility thanks to various comebacks in years past.
On the March 3, 2021, edition of AEW Dynamite it was revealed by Paul Wight – the artist formerly known as Big Show – that a hall of fame worthy talent would be making their AEW debut at the company’s upcoming Revolution pay-per-view. As fans began to speculate who the incoming star could be, one fan turned his attention to the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Batista.
The furore which caused said fan to even utter the star’s name was an apparent slip of the tongue by Wight during the announcement in which he said, ‘Evolution’ instead of ‘Revolution.’ The former being the name of the stable which brought Batista to worldwide fame in WWE.
While the powerhouse has not officially been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame – he was meant to headline the class of 2020 prior to the pandemic – he has since announced his retirement from the industry to focus on acting. However, the real life Dave Bautista was more than happy to give his opinion when one fan asked him where he would be on March 7:
“They’re going to have to come up with another word that’s used specifically for professional wrestlers who actually mean it when they say they’re retired. Currently the word ‘retired’ has zero credibility by professional wrestling standards.”
They’re going to have to come up with another word thats used specifically for professional wrestlers who actually mean it when they say they’re retired. Currently the word “retired” has zero credibility by professional wrestling standards. 🤦🏻 https://t.co/tFYG2UQGRx
— The Artist Formerly Known as Super Duper Dave (@DaveBautista) March 4, 2021
Batista will join the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020 – which also includes The British Bulldog, The Bella Twins, Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger and JBL – to be inducted over WrestleMania 37 weekend.
‘The Animal’ will be next seen on the silver screen in Netflix exclusive movie Army of the Dead in he plays a mercenary who leads a team of thieves into a zombie ridden Las Vegas in order to carry off a heist. He will also resume his popular role as Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and Thor: Love and Thunder.