Through a post on Instagram, Batista wanted to thank his friend and former rival Triple H for the help he gave him during his WWE career. 'The Animal' is certainly among the best performers of the modern era, having taken part in numerous memorable feuds.
Dave was one of the company's symbolic faces between 2005 and 2007, years in which he ruled the blue brand together with The Undertaker and Edge. The former heavyweight champion retired from wrestling in 2019, after being defeated by Triple H in a 'No Holds Barred match'
Following in the footsteps of The Rock and John Cena, Batista tried his hand at making it into the world of cinema with moderate success. Dave is a six-time world champion, having held the heavyweight title four times and the WWE Championship twice.
His first reign as World Heavyweight Champion, which lasted 282 days, is the longest in the belt's history.
Batista praises Triple H
Batista recently expressed his gratitude to Triple H: “The Game has always been my mentor in WWE.
He has helped me on many occasions and made sure that I was able to fully express my talent. When he saw that I had reached the top, he had the courage to step aside to make room for me. There were still many lessons I had to learn and he didn't hesitate to make himself available.
I will never stop thanking him for his unceasing support ”. During a recent interview, Batista categorically ruled out his return to the ring: “I retired from wrestling without any regrets and the ending was truly perfect.
I managed to end my career as I wanted and there would be no point in fighting again. I would only risk ruining that wonderful epilogue”. WWE is putting the finishing touches in place ahead of the Royal Rumble, the first major PPV of 2023, which will take place on Saturday, January 28 in San Antonio.
We will certainly see some good ones. Batista talked in depth on what he went through following his exit from WWE in 2010. "So about eight months later I walked out the door and they didn't think I was going to. I walked out on top.
I was very comfortable. I was making a very good living and I walked out. Then I starved for three years. I went broke and lost everything. I couldn't get a job. I said, 'I will never go back to wrestling until I prove what I set out to prove that I could make it as an actor.' "