SmackDown Live's 1000th episode is only a little more than a month away and Batista is yet to receive an invite from WWE.
No matter how much Vince McMahon might try to convince you otherwise, Raw is WWE's flagship show. However, that's not to take anything away from SmackDown Live. There are so many reasons why many fans have viewed the blue brand as being on equal footing to its older red brother, and in some ways it is even better.
Take the current iteration of the show, for instance. It is live every week for the first time in its history and has been for more than two years, many fans prefer it since it's an hour shorter than Raw, and it arguably boasts a better roster than Monday nights. If that wasn't enough reason to celebrate, on October 16, 2018, SmackDown Live will air its 100th episode.
The historic episode of the show will take place in Washington DC and is bound to be crammed full of incredible moments and returning Superstars. Those who have appeared on SmackDown over the course of the almost two decades it has been on the air and helped make it the show that it is today. Edge and The Undertaker are both already scheduled to appear.
Surprise surprise!! I wasn’t invited! And it’s in my hometown.! 😳.. guess by now I shouldn’t be shocked anymore. https://t.co/r1NwUNlRnf— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) September 13, 2018
As you can tell from the tweet above, one man who is yet to receive an invite to SmackDown 1000 is Batista. That's shocking for a couple of reasons. Firstly, The Animal has contributed to the success of SmackDown as a brand tremendously. Secondly, as pointed out by the former WWE Champion, the show is taking place in his hometown. Hopefully, it is either just an oversight on WWE's part or it simply hasn't extended an invite yet but fully intends to.
WWE's current relationship with Batista is a strange one. Considering the trajectory the former Superstar's movie career has taken in recent years you would think WWE would be snatching at the chance to have Batista back on WWE television. That really doesn't seem to be the case right now. Perhaps by the time SmackDown 1000 rolls around we and Batista will have been proved wrong.