Entertainer Batista was a guest on Chris Jericho’s “Talk is Jericho” podcast this week and unloaded a lot of frustrated feelings regarding his 2014 run with the WWE. According to Batista, the return was laced with negativity and disagreements with creative from the get-go.
Coming back as a babyface was something Batista was not on board with.
“They want to hate me and I’m good at that, you know, I’m good at being the guy they want to hate,” Batista said in the interview.
It is baffling why creative thought Batista would find resonance with the 2014 fanbase. It’s rapidly changed in the few years since his initial departure. The “Internet Wrestling Fan” has become more of the standard helping smaller, work rate heavy wrestlers like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk reach the top of the card, guys that wouldn’t have stood a chance in previous eras. The skinny jeans and tight shirts don’t fly with that audience.
Speaking of Bryan, Batista still has ire toward the WWE universe regarding the Wrestlemania 30 build. When asked if the Bryan situation affected him, he stated: “Maybe. I just didn’t understand it, you know? Sixteen segments of Daniel Bryan is going to get old real fast. If all you want to see is Daniel Bryan, you’re missing out on a lot of good stuff.”
Batista also addressed rumors about refusing to lose to Daniel Bryan:
“I was getting grief from a lot of fans. There was even some rumor that got started that I wouldn’t put Daniel Bryan over on the next PPV and they were pissed at me about that. ‘Who do you think you are?’ And I was like, ‘I just tapped out to the guy at WrestleMania, are you kidding me?’”
I don’t think Batista fully understood the fans reaction toward Daniel Bryan. They didn’t want to see Bryan on every segment of Monday Night Raw. Their “hijacking” was merely a way to make sure a wrestler they enjoyed and connected with at an emotional level got the big payoff they felt he had earned by consistently putting on the best matches on any given card. Granted, I think audiences were very immature at times. Case in point, the 2014 Royal Rumble.
Batista does make some good arguments. There really is no reason to be mad at him. He understood the direction the company had to go and he and Randy Orton made Bryan look credible in the biggest main event of the year.
Dave Bautista may never step back into WWE now that his Hollywood career exploded, but if he does, the fans should show him some respect. Realize he went with the flow and made their hero look like a million bucks. On top of that, he was pretty awesome in Guardians of the Galaxy.