Batista announced his retirement from professional wrestling immediately after WrestleMania 35, where he lost to his friend Triple H at the end of one of the longest matches of the night. In a recent interview with Lilian Garcia, Batista talked about his latest match with HHH: "I think maybe I did, I was just more comfortable with it because you get used to things.
And you know how it is, it’s like with the WWE, everything is constantly changing, you get thrown a curveball at the last minute. And you’re also so busy running around, you just don’t have a whole lot of time to plan ahead.
It’s just very hectic, it’s a hectic lifestyle. But this time it’s just because Hunter’s coming off an injury. And he’s also more busy than he’s ever been." He continued: "I’ve gone down and wrestled with one of the instructors down at the PC, a guy named Drew.
And we wrestled around for like thirty, forty minutes just going over general basic stuff. Just to see how my body would feel, how my timing was, things like that. But I have not wrestled in five years”. 'The Animal' holds the record for the longest reign as World Heavyweight Champion at 282 days and has also won the World Tag Team Championship three times (twice with Ric Flair and once with John Cena) and the WWE Tag Team Championship once (with Rey Mysterio).
He was the winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble match and went on to headline WrestleMania 21, one of the top five highest-grossing pay-per-view events in professional wrestling history.