WWE published an exclusive interview with Batista on dot com and they covered a wide variety of topics. Batista “quit” on the June 2nd episode of WWE Raw as he had to take a hiatus to promote his “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie. In the interview, Batista talks about when he wanted to come back after he left in 2010, the reception he received when he came back this year, and more!
Can you talk to us about how your return came about? Who contacted who?
Well, actually, I’d wanted to come back the day I left! [Laughs] I always planned on coming back, and I always tell people I wanted to come back much sooner. It was just that when I left, I wanted to accomplish certain things, and it just honestly took me a lot longer than I had hoped. But I’d always stayed in touch with a few of the boys, and I stayed in constant touch with [Triple H]. When Hunter started being very involved in NXT, it was right here in Orlando, so I just started coming out, talking to him and we talked about me coming back after I wrapped on “Guardians.”
You came back with a lot of fanfare and a great reaction, but the fans, as we all know now, eventually turned against you. What were your thoughts on that sudden change in reception?
It was weird. It wasn’t like a normal response. It was almost like a personal attack. It had to do with factors that were not in my control, factors and things that were going on in the company with other people, stuff that really had nothing to do with me. To me, it was a little frustrating, a little confusing, and, you know, I don’t want to say I completely took it personal, but I did somewhat.
What I heard over and over was, “Batista doesn’t deserve this,” and that’s what I took personally, because it’s like they forgot about my 10 years of pain and suffering and sacrifice. When I left the company, I gave plenty of notice, I left the right way, I did everything right. And also, my very last match, I broke my back. So I literally broke my back for the fans. And for me to come back and for them to say that I didn’t deserve the spot that I was being put in? For one thing, I didn’t ask for that spot. And here’s my thing with wrestling, and I tell this to everybody: If you get an opportunity, take the opportunity, and if you pass it up, you’re a fool. And if you hate on a guy just because he’s taking advantage of an opportunity that’s given to him, then you’re an idiot.
So going back to your return for a moment, after you won the Royal Rumble Match, it was supposed to be you and Randy Orton at WrestleMania for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Eventually, Daniel Bryan was added to the mix. What were your thoughts on that development?
Oh, I was super excited. I was super excited, because, you know, we needed that element. Even speaking from a fan’s standpoint, for me, it’s hard to get sucked into a [bad guy vs. bad guy] match. We needed a hero, man, and Daniel Bryan was the biggest hero in the company. I knew this was gonna be good. It’s so much better when the fans have an emotional investment. And they were so emotionally invested in Daniel Bryan, and they were so absorbed in their hatred for me that I knew it was gonna be good stuff.
You’ve spoken about wanting to steal the show, and a lot of people think the Triple Threat Match did just that. Did the match live up to your expectations?
Oh, by far. I knew we were gonna steal the show. But that’s one other thing. If anybody can accuse me of being selfish or arrogant, it’s when it comes to my match. I’m selfish in that way. I want it to be all about my story. I want it to be all about my match. Everything else is secondary to me. I think more guys in this business should have that outlook. It’s gotta be about their story. They should be protective of their story. They should be protective of their matches, because it’s theirs. It’s what they own. It’s everything they strive to be in this business. It’s all in that story and in that match. Not making it about yourself, making it about thematch. It’s never making it about yourself, it’s about your story. That’s why I never minded being the bad guy. I don’t need the accolades, I don’t need the applause. I want people to be sucked into my story.
You ultimately did quit on Raw, dropping the mic and giving a pageant wave that got one of the best reactions of your return. How do you think that exit stacks up against you in the wheelchair in 2010?
The last time I quit in the wheelchair, my contract was up. I had fulfilled my contract, I gave plenty of notice, I wanted to leave and do other things outside of the company. I felt like that was the time. I’m not getting any younger, I needed that time to go and do it. And this time it’s the same way. I’m really leaving because I have obligations that I made to Marvel, and I need to go out and promote “Guardians of the Galaxy.” I’m not leaving behind WWE, I’m not leaving behind wrestling. I love it. I always say, at the end of the day, I am a wrestler, I am a sports-entertainer. I’m not leaving it behind, but I fulfilled my obligations and now I need to fulfill other obligations and that’s why I left.
Do you think you’ll get back in the ring after you’re done promoting the movie?
We’ve already been talking about that. We were talking about when I would come back before I even left. I don’t feel like my career is over. I felt better leaving this time than when I got in, because I came in with an injury and I left feeling healthy as can be. It’s hard for me to leave now because I feel like I was just hitting my stride. I think a lot of people forgot I was away from wrestling for four years, and it took me a couple months to really start getting in touch with the audience because it’s a completely different audience, man. It was really weird for me at first. I just started finding my stride, so it’s weird for me to leave, but I don’t feel like my career is even close to over, man. I got a lot of good matches, and hopefully it’ll work out.
Batista also comments on the whole “Bluetista” craze, his upcoming movie, and states he wants to have a program with Bray Wyatt. You can check out the full interview here.