WWE superstar Baron Corbin has recently expressed enthusiasm for the possibility of wrestling legend Batista making a triumphant return to the WWE ring, even if it's for a brief storyline. In a candid interview with Chris Van Vliet on the Insight podcast, Corbin highlighted how the current SAG-AFTRA strike could offer a reasonable window for Batista, who transitioned successfully to Hollywood, to revisit his wrestling roots.
Batista, also known as "The Animal," last competed in the WWE at WrestleMania 35. Both men put their careers on the line in a high-stakes No Holds Barred match against his one-time mentor, Triple H. The subsequent loss signalled the end of Batista's illustrious in-ring career.
Following the emotionally charged about, Batista confirmed his retirement from professional wrestling, marking a definitive end to his WWE journey.
The landscape of WWE has been increasingly infused with star power, notably from Hollywood icons like The Rock and John Cena, who have returned for special appearances.
According to Corbin, Batista's comeback would similarly electrify the WWE Universe, drawing parallels with the triumphant returns of other wrestler-turned-actors. Notably, Bobby Lashley, a former WWE Champion, has also previously voiced his interest in facing off with Batista, citing it as a potential blockbuster event for the WWE.
As Corbin pointed out, the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike has momentarily paused the bustling careers of wrestler-actors, providing a unique chance for a brief return to the WWE. A Batista reentry could serve as an additional magnet for mainstream media attention, enhancing not just WWE's profile but also contributing to the wrestling industry.
At 54, Batista has carved a prominent niche in the entertainment world post-WWE, most notably with roles in major blockbuster franchises. His return to wrestling, even briefly, would not only be a nostalgia-filled treat for fans but also a significant financial boon for the WWE, elevating viewership and Pay-Per-View numbers substantially.
In a landscape eager for epic match-ups and larger-than-life characters, a Batista comeback, even if temporary, is a win-win situation for all parties involved, not least the WWE Universe. The ball, as they say, is now in Batista's court.