“The Animal” Batista is one of the most well-known and successful WWE Legends of all time. During his peak, he was considered on par with all-time greats like John Cena, Triple-H, and Randy Orton since he was a 6-time WWE world champion, 4-time Tag champion, and twice winner of the Royal Rumble. He was also the World Heavyweight Champion for the longest time, ruling for 282 days.
Since retiring from wrestling in 2010, Batista has found equal success in Hollywood, proving to be a natural in films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Bladerunner 2049.
With icons such as Stone Cold Steve Austin returning to WWE action at Wrestlemania 38, fans wonder who will be the next to return.
Naturally, the “Animal” would be an ideal pick for a return since he is one of those superstars who is constantly in top shape, and he has star power that WWE sorely needs. Batista, on the other hand, has never been shy about his desire to return to the squared circle, telling Ringside News in 2021: “I have to complete on my own terms, and nothing will hold me back or detract from that.”
In 2022, we’re disregarding the fact that it’s been 20 years since his debut, so I came up with three incredible feuds that would be amazing methods to bring Batista back.
- “The Animal” Batista vs. “The Tribal Chief” Roman Reigns
Batista and Roman Reigns have known each other since the Shield versus Evolution match in 2014. The popularity of Roman’s Tribal Chief role serves as the hook for this probable comeback. Reigns have dominated WWE TV for the previous few years and have just proclaimed himself the greatest ever to do so. What can you say about an almost 600-day tenure as Universal Champion? With the majority of WWE’s current roster appearing to be below his ability, why not give another icon a crack at the helm?
Roman has defeated Daniel Bryan, Edge, and Cena during his championship run, and adding Batista to that list can strengthen Roman’s reign as champion.
- “The Animal” Batista vs. “The Beast” Brock Lesnar
In a 2017 interview on Chris Jericho’s podcast, Batista said of their one encounter at a live event where the beast smashed him, “I don’t know if I want Brock putting me on my head.” For many years, fans have touted this match as a potential moneymaker for the promotion. It’s simply bad that their only known bout was in OVW in 2001. This feud already has a fascinating slogan of “The Animal versus. “The Beast,” sounds like a dream match worthy of Wrestlemania. They are two larger-than-life characters with larger-than-life personalities and physiques.
If the Animal was offered a hefty inducement, like as a hypothetical heel “Hollywood” Batista against the Country boy Beast we’ve seen recently, a comeback may be on the horizon.