According to various wrestling sites, former WWE Superstar Batista has stated in an interview that he will not be doing MMA or Strikeforce any time soon, and to expect to see him come back to the WWE in the near future. This was to be expected since not many took his career in the MMA seriously, and thought it was all for publicity. Batista left WWE on good terms, and had nothing bad to say about the wrestling business when he was trying to become a MMA fighter. It is expected that WWE will offer Batista a contract soon, if they haven’t done so already.
Batista, a six-time world champion and Royal Rumble winner, originally left the WWE on the May 24th episode of Monday Night Raw earlier this year, a day after losing his “I Quit” title match against John Cena at the Over the Limit PPV. Batista quit the WWE on-screen after Bret Hart, who was the General Manager at the time, booked him in a match against Randy Orton but Batista was not in condition to wrestle, as was evident when he showed up in a wheelchair, showing the multiple injuries he suffered the night before. In reality, Batista left WWE because he didn’t like the direction the company was going in, and he wanted to try his skills in another craft.
That craft turned out to be Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Batista was serious about trying to become a mixed martial artist, and the MMA promotion Strikeforce quickly contacted Batista about the possibility of fighting for them. Batista took MMA very seriously, training with Team Cesar Gracie, and getting into the best shape of his entire career, but one of the reasons why talks stalled between Strikeforce was because Batista’s asking price was too high. Many people were speculating and hoping that if Batista was going to make his MMA debut, it would be against none other than Bobby Lashley, another WWE wrestler who turned into a fighter. But the fight never materialized, and there has not been any word on who Batista’s first opponent would be.
His return to World Wrestling Entertainment should not come as much of a surprise to anyone. Batista is 41 years old and even though he is still in phenomenal shape, he is not at his physical peak, and would be a heavy underdog against most, if not all MMA fighters. Most of the fighters in MMA today, have been doing it since they were teenagers and for most of their lives. Batista, on the other hand, has only been training for a total of four months, with no fighting experience. Because of this, it looks like Batista will come back to doing what he does best, and that’s being a WWE wrestler.