Batista Says He Wants More Creative Control When He Returns


During part two of his appearance on Chris Jericho’s podcast, Batista says he wants more creative control when he returns to WWE. The former WWE Champion, who left the company in June to promote his film, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” has been back and forth on whether or not he’ll be back in WWE in 2014. While he does believe he will not be back until 2015, he does “love and miss” working in the ring and will be back.

While speaking to Jericho, Batista discusses his love for the business. When talking about working WWE’s sometimes hectic travel schedule, “The Animal” claims he doesn’t understand the talent that say they only want to work TV shows and not house shows since, “that’s the good stuff.” He claims the house shows are when superstars are able to have the most fun.

Batista says he does want to return to WWE and hopes that it happens. He also talks about missing it and that he wants more creative control upon his return. Many have criticized WWE’s creative team as of late, and Batista is just the next in line, saying,

“I miss it and I love it. They need to work with me on creative stuff, man. I’d like to have more creative control, because some of this stuff… it’s like they argue with you just to argue with you when they know that this is the route we should be going. Then we end up going that route anyway, but it’s usually like three weeks too late.”

Batista signed a two-year deal in January of 2014 and only worked five months of that contract before leaving to promote “Guardians of the Galaxy.” While he was initially believed to be returning for “SummerSlam” and “Night of Champions,” Batista may not return to WWE until 2015, where he hopes to have one last match with Triple H at WrestleMania.

“The Animal” has been vocal about his discrepancies with WWE creative lately, especially about how the main event of WrestleMania XXX went down. Let’s see if he gets a little more creative freedom upon his return.

Editor’s Note:
Sounds like even Batista thinks WWE Creative has no idea what the fans want. He’d be right.

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  • Tim Collins

    how many more times will he quit and try to return, your washed up batista.

    • Jameson

      I guess having a thriving movie career and having to promote the biggest movie of the year is now “quitting”. Tim Collins, you don’t have a clue.

    • Anon

      lol yea you want Brock Lesnar who took his ball and went home the first time to continue coming back? Hypocritical fans that only appreciate guys returns back and forth if they like them. You can’t stand Rock, Hogan, Batista, yet you love Brock when he basically does the same thing. Granted Brock is still young at age and those aren’t anymore, but the point stands that you only bash these people because you don’t like them.

  • Henry

    Never enjoyed his ring aura.

  • John Jancar

    Well he’s in a great position now, because they sure as hell need him. Odds are, they’ll give him exactly what he wants just to have him back, like they did Lesnar.

    As for the fans problems with “the streak” ending, I’m of the belief they needed Lesnar to win, to continue building his “Conqueror” character, and turn him into the companys top heel. Kind of hard to build a conqueror character, if they’ll say, Brock Lesnar conquered everything in his path..except the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, the biggest match of the year. He couldn’t quite get passed that hump.

    They’re obviously building towards the future, and the future is, Undertaker is leaving. Lesnar is staying. They have a plan for Lesnar, and will build him. If that means the Undertaker loses his streak, well so be it. Who better to lose it to than to Lesnar anyways. Especially since that would further cement the conqueror character, and he’ll have even more heat, and even more mystique, from ending the Undertaker’s streak.

    Again, they’re building towards the future, and trying to create a character for a guy who will be there in the future. Undertaker is all but done, and would probably only come back as a “legend” figure the way Flair and Hogan come back. I say, it was a good decision. Losing at Wrestlemania would do more to harm Lesnar’s character than winning would harm the Undertakers legacy.

    So sorry fans, who think “the streak” should’ve been kept alive, just because it’s the great Undertaker. They ultimately did what was best for business, and I’m sure if Undertaker didn’t agree with that, it wouldn’t’ve happened. Even if it was better for business, if Undertaker said “I don’t want to lose the streak” he wouldn’t’ve happened. He obviously was for it, and allowed Lesnar to end it, to help build Lesnar. An unselfish thing to do, which to me, adds more to his greatness in the business than an “undefeated streak at Wrestlemania” credential does.

  • Metal_Head

    Everyone should go listen to that podcast (along with last week’s podcasts, which featured Triple H). Anyhow, I’d like to see Batista in a WWE ring again. Like Jericho, he has the reputation that allows him to make other, younger guys look good (see: his work with The Shield and Daniel Bryan).