Dave Bautista has explained why he wanted to go out against Triple H, having ended his wrestling career at WrestleMania 35.
The 50-year-old had an illustrious stint with WWE, becoming a six-time World Champion who's likely set for the Hall of Fame. But he claims to have called it quits for good this time around and says he needed Triple H to be the man who gave him his last match as the WWE executive was the one who made his career.
“I needed it to be Hunter because I couldn’t see myself closing out my career with anybody else, because he just made my career, you know?" he told Chris Jericho on the Talk is Jericho podcast (h/t 411Mania).
"I mean, literally he put me over when he was at the height of his career, put me over three times clean, never got it back, just so I could go on within the company and be a star. And that was what started everything for me was the whole — my whole career took off after that, and it just wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t done that for me. And that says a lot. He worked really hard, it was three clean matches where he put me over, like right in the middle of the ring, just to build me.”
Batista, now a top Hollywood actor, confirmed the fight would be his last via his social media accounts shortly after losing to The Game. He insists things worked out just the way he wanted them to and chose to speak to fans through his own mediums as he did not want to simply recite a speech a writer wrote for him.
“I’m done, yeah. My in-ring career is over," he stated. "I would go back if they invited me on the show to go back and be a personality, or just to go back and say hi to the fans, cut a really bad promo. I would do it, because you know, I just love it. I love professional wrestling. But I will never, I will not go back [to wrestle]. I will not disrespect myself or my career and wrestle. I just won’t do it. And I wanted to retire the way I did because I didn’t want to make a big stink out of it."