Batista was recently interviewed on 106.7 The Fan and talked about the original plan to team him up with Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania before they replaced him with Kurt Angle:
"This is all insider stuff, and I usually don't share. I'm really an old-school kayfabe guy," Batista said. "But they reached out to me earlier this year to possibly come back and do that thing with Ronda [Rousey]. And I said that I would be willing to do it only if we teased something for me and Hunter to go to Mania next year. And they said, 'Yeah, that would be great. I love that idea.' And I said, 'Well, that's great. I'll come back a few times during the year, and we'll tease it, and we'll work it and we'll milk it. And we'll go to Mania, me and Hunter, next year.' Oh, I love that idea. Let's do it!"
"So, we literally talked for about like three weeks and then they just stopped calling me," Bautista continued. "I sent a text to Hunter. I was like, 'Hey man, I don't know if you put any more thought into what's going on. I'm really excited about the possibilities.' And I literally never heard back from them. They just stopped talking to me about it. Man, I don't know what else I can do to try to ... I want to end my career the right way. I'm faithful and loyal to the WWE. I'm proud of being from there and I want to do good business with them, but they just don't make it easy. You know, they just don't."
Despite all that, Batista still wants to end his career with one more run in WWE but he does have a deadline:
"I told them next year would be my last year. I'm turning 50 next year. I'd be willing to ... I feel great. Physically, I'm in great shape. I've never let up on that. But I just don't want to be the old guy in the ring and I don't want to overstay my welcome. I just want to end my career the right way and next year will be the last opportunity, so if we can't make something happen by next year, then I'm just gonna officially hang it up."