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Is Batista returning to the WWE?

The WWE Hall of Famer previously stated in an interview that he has zero interest in coming back to his former home.

A brief return to the WWE would be great for both Batista and the newly merged company.

In the high-octane world of sports entertainment, stars come and go, but few have the gravitas to shape and shift the narrative as Dave Bautista, famously known as Batista in WWE.

With the multiple Hollywood strikes placing the American film industry on a momentary hold, WWE fans are tussling with speculations about the possible return of several big names to the WWE outside of John Cena and The Rock. 

Among these, Batista's name is generating significant interest.

The 52-year-old six-time world champion retired from WWE for the third time in 2019 after a memorable No Holds Barred match against Triple H at Wrestlemania 35. However, in a recent interaction with ET Canada, Batista hinted at a potential fourth return to the ring. "I had retired, yes. My retirement match against Triple H was perfect. But with my current schedule open, if WWE approaches with a compelling idea or segment... sure, we could work something out," Batista expressed.

Historically, Batista's relationship with WWE has been punctuated with retirements and comebacks. His first retirement came in 2010, shortly after he lost the WWE Championship to John Cena. Discontentment with the company's direction and a spinal injury sustained in an "I Quit" match against Cena were cited as reasons. His second retirement, however, had a tinge of personal to it. Following his 2014 Royal Rumble win, the audience's adverse reaction perplexed him. In his words, "It was almost like a personal attack, concerning factors out of my control, involving others in the company. While I didn't wholly take it to heart, I somewhat did."

Despite the ups and downs, Batista's legacy in WWE remains as strong as ever. Apart from his memorable rivalries with giants like Randy Orton and The Undertaker, his foray into Hollywood, featuring in box-office successes such as his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, among others.

Batista could serve as the equalizer against The Street Profits and Bobby Lashley.

Joining the dots, Batista's potential return fits the trend observed lately. His former ally, Rey Mysterio and his stable, the Latino World Order, are in desperate need of help against Bobby Lashley and the rest of The Street Profits. 

Few wrestlers have an imposing figure capable of putting the scare on someone like The Almighty and Batista, referred to as The Animal in the WWE, is one of them.

Unfortunately, Batista's statement doesn't necessarily mean he's rejoining the WWE roster. It's possible Batista might be open only for a fleeting appearance or segment. The best-case scenario is he'll appear in front of his hometown crowd on the November 13 episode of Monday Night RAW.

Dave Bautista's last WWE match came against his friend and monster, Triple H.

Notwithstanding these debates, the potential return of WWE legends is generating a ton of excitement. The possible convergence of legends like Cena, Rock, and Batista with modern-day titans such as Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, and Brock Lesnar teases the prospect of witnessing some unparalleled WWE moments.

Imagine an assemblage involving Randy Orton, CM Punk, and other contemporary greats; the sheer thought promises electrifying action.

While the Hollywood strike might be a setback for the film industry, it could be a blessing in disguise for WWE and its fans. With Batista's hinted comeback, a wrestling renaissance might be on the horizon. And as always, in the world of WWE, expect the unexpected.

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  1. If we are being completely honest here, I think that is the only reason the Rock and Cena came back. They have nothing else going on because of the strikes.

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