According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Batista will remain on the active WWE roster – for the time being.
It seems as if Vince McMahon and Batista have come to an agreement, with both sides getting some of what they wanted. Dave won’t be asked to lose to Daniel Bryan in a main-event singles match on PPV, but he will stick it out with the company until Payback on Jun. 1.
The plan from the beginning was always for Batista to take time off after the Chicago show to promote his new film, Guardians of the Galaxy. He would then I assume, make his return somewhere down the line.
It’s too early to know this for sure, but my gut tells me Batista pulled something of a power play. When Vince said the plan was for him to lose to Bryan at the “special event” in Chicago, Batista obviously balked. That would make three consecutive main-event/ semi-main losses for Batista on PPV, and there was no way big Dave was going to let that fly. He was already agitated with his current money situation (he’s not the only one), and knowing he was leaving after Jun. 1 anyway, decided to split a little early. He knew that Vince would rather have him stay than walk away, so he was able to work out something of a compromise. Just a gut feeling.
WWE will be moving forward with something of a backup plan. Batista will remain with Evolution to battle the Shield in a rematch from Extreme Rules. In another rematch, Bryan will put the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line against Kane in a Buried Alive match.
Isn’t wrestling a wacky business?