- Batista has suggested a return to the ring in the near future could be possible
- The 52-year-old says his ‘schedule is open’ during Hollywood SAG-AFTRA strike
- The WWE legend retired for a third time in 2019 to continue his acting career
Batista has suggested that he could return to WWE after declaring his ‘schedule is open’ during the American actors’ union strike in Hollywood.
The 52-year-old retired from the ring for a third time in 2019 following a No Holds Barred match against Triple H at Wrestlemania 35.
He has not fought since, but the six-time world champion has hinted a comeback could be on the cards.
He told ET Canada: ‘I had retired, yes. I had my retirement match against my mentor, my buddy, Triple H – it was perfect.
‘But right now my schedule is open and if they [WWE] call me and have something in mind, a segment, a moment… sure we could do something.’
Batista has hinted that he could return to WWE for a fourth stint in the near future
The 42-year-old retired most recently in 2019 following a defeat to Triple H at Wrestlemania 35
Batista is a six-time world champion and has claimed that he could return to the ring as his ‘schedule is open’ due to the SAG-AFTRA strike
Batista originally retired from WWE in 2010, not long after surrendering the WWE Championship to John Cena.
He claimed that he ‘did not like the direction the company was going in’ having sustained a spinal injury during an ‘I Quit’ match against Cena.
The Washington-born wrestler returned for the first time in 2014, winning a Royal Rumble on RAW.
He was greeted with boos from the crowd though after the popular Daniel Bryan did not feature.
The reaction surprised Batista, saying at the time: ‘It was weird. It wasn’t like a normal response. It was almost like a personal attack. It had to do with factors that were not in my control, factors and things that were going on in the company with other people, stuff that really had nothing to do with me.
‘To me, it was a little frustrating, a little confusing, and, you know, I don’t want to say I completely took it personal, but I did somewhat.’
Batista was defeated by Bryan at Wrestlemania XXX, and then decided to retire for a second time in May 2014 due to creative differences with WWE.
Batista enjoyed memorable feuds against the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton and The Undertaker
He has featured in a number of box office hits as an actor, including Guardians of the Galaxy (above), Dune and Spectre
However, he did return again in 2018 for one final storyline that saw him come head-to-head with his former Evolution team-mate Triple H.
Batista was defeated at Wrestlemania 35 and retired again the next day.
Having enjoyed memorable feuds with the likes of Randy Orton and The Undertaker, Dave Bautista turned his hand to acting midway through his wrestling career and has gone on to feature in box office hits such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Dune and the James Bond film Spectre.
Despite having a total of eleven championships to his name throughout his wrestling career, it remains to be seen if Batista would be welcomed back to WWE with open arms.