Batista Possibly Returning At Royal Rumble

So there’s a report that says Batista may be back at the Rumble.  Now those of you that read my thoughts on things like this know that I always go with the theory of “I’ll believe it when I see it.”  I’m not saying the report is valid or not because I have no idea if it is or not. What I’m asking is would you want Batista back in WWE?  Let’s think about this:Batista is in his mid 40s and didn’t seem to be thrilled with being in the WWE all the time.  He’s had some issues with people backstage and can be kind of a diva at times.


On the other hand, the guy is a legit main eventer and could be put in the world title hunt immediately with no questions asked.  He’s got a great look, is insanely over with the fans, and was on a roll when he left.


Overall, I’d be for it as he’s still got some years left in him and he could put some people over on his way out.  There’s nothing wrong with that at all, especially with how weak the main event pool is at this point.




  1. Mike says:

    I’m not sure if starting in the biz in his 30s prevailed him a bit, but either way I’m all for a Batista return. The guy would instantly be the second biggest star in the company upon his return and star power is something that is DRASTICALLY needed right now. Plus, despite what some say, his in ring work can be great.

  2. MrHashasheen says:

    I’m an unabashed mark for Batista, so yeah. Bring him back, let him dominate a portion of the Rumble before someone goes head to head with him and throw him out of the ring to get some credibility (he’d get a face pop, so maybe a heel midcarder like Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, or Dolph Ziggler). In a perfect world I’d love to see him win the Rumble and go on for one last Wrestlemania, but I think we both know he doesn’t have that much sway as a part-timer not on the level of HHH/Rock/Undertaker.

  3. Mando>Eddie says:

    If you saw his lousy MMA fight then this is certainly a better route than that. His physical style would be a nice change of pace and there’s some fresh match-ups (Batista v. Punk, Lesnar, Sheamus, etc.) to be made money from.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    I saw his fight. He made a debut in a new sport at age 43 facing a veteran opponent he had only a few days to prepare for and won the fight.

    I’d hardly call that lousy.

    Mando>Eddie Reply:

    He gassed early and at 43 his MMA prospects are nil and don’t even get me started on his “opponent” who was more interested in cheesing for the camera then trying to actively win a fight.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Considering Batista donated his purse to charity, I don’t think he’s in it for the money.

    Mando>Eddie Reply:

    The Bleacher Report a leading MMA/wrestling/sports site reported that Batista “embarrased himself”.

    And just because you’re a veteran doesn’t mean your good. That guy was 22-23 fighting mostly nobodies in the rinkiest of regional circuits.

    Mando>Eddie Reply:

    Lucero won 2 of his last 13 fights.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    The Cleveland Indians lost most of their games this year. Does that mean I can put together 9 people and beat them?

    You’re being ridiculous.

    MrHashasheen Reply:

    The Bleacher Report is as much a leading MMA/wrestling website as I am a critically acclaimed novelist, which is to say, not at all. It’s a pretty shit fan-driven opinion site with a few semi-professional “journalists” who prop themselves up by virtue of having a large fanbase (partially drawn from occasional WWE mentions on television).

  4. attitudefan says:

    Batista HATES PG and said he would never return until something changes. Either lies are going round (Nothing new for wrestling sites to make up things) or Batista got WWE to allow him to not be as PG as the rest of the people.

    Mike Reply:

    What has Batista ever said or done in a wrestling ring that was non-PG?

    attitudefan Reply:

    Bled and cussed I guess? Jesus what a terrible question.

    Mike Reply:

    For it being a terrible question, you certainly did a poor job of attempting to answer.

    Eric Reply:

    He does realize that he was on Smackdown for most of his main event run and that Smackdown is and has always been rated TV-PG? Yes, even during the Attitude Era it held that rating. That’s why I don’t buy into that nonsense.

    attitudefan Reply:

    lol put in google “Batista hates PG” and there is tons of interviews with Batista talking about hating PG. Hell here is a link if it’s too hard.

    And btw he was on TV-14 PPV’s for 6 years and TV-14 RAW’s for 3 years also Smackdown in 2005-2008 was TV-PG-D-L-V which is MUCH different to TV-PG-V.

    Rocko Reply:

    I would still like to know what he did in those years that he loved doing so much, that he couldn’t do now. Any form of Batista throughout his career could of fit in the PG rating with no problem. I even consider the end of his career (ie feud with Cena) to be his best work, all of which was done under the PG rating.

  5. Mando>Eddie says:

    Don’t see how sharing an opinion (one that leading MMA journalists share) is being ridiculous. If you’re not calling it lousy, then what, moderately mediocre? Patently uninspired? Back to my original thought: he should try his hand at another WWE run because there is no future for him in MMA besides a few “freak show” fights. Dana White would never hire him at his age/experience.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    I’d call it a guy in his 40s having his first MMA fight and being successful. I highly, HIGHLY, doubt Batista or anyone with a brain thinks he’s going to UFC.