To follow-up on our earlier report regarding Triple H's recent talks with Dave Batista about a WWE return, we're told the company has been "very pleased" with how much The Rock and Brock Lesnar have been able to improve business despite the limited schedules they've worked. Because of this, they're willing to offer Batista a similar schedule.
The issue is really just coming down to money. Batista wants what was described to us as a "monster deal" to only work a few times a year and WWE doesn't see his worth as "anywhere close" to Rock or Brock.
We're told another issue is WWE not wanting to risk having to completely overhaul their pay scale if suddenly all the top guys want major full-time money for sporadic part-time appearances. Obviously there are many in the locker room that aren't happy about Brock and Rock working so little while making more than everybody else, but at least WWE is able to position it as Rock being a movie star and Brock being a UFC star, and therefore being more of outside celebrities than full-time wrestlers at this point.
Nobody really sees Batista as being at that level, and according to our source, Batista is going to have to come way down on his money demands if he wants to come in. He's eager to return part-time and Triple H is very much in favor of getting him back in the fold, but as seen with Steve Austin sitting out year after year, it's not always easy to get these deals done.