During his wrestling career, Batista had a number of disagreements with the WWE creative team, which paved the way for a couple of bitter exits from the company.
The Animal returned to WWE this year for a match against Triple H at WrestleMania 35. Batista wanted to finally have some closure on his illustrious career in sports entertainment, and he did just that. After losing to The Game, Batista announced his retirement.
Batista returned to the WWE for the first time in five years; he had returned to the company in Jan. 2014 but left a few months later. He wanted to continue working on his Hollywood career, but Batista had also grown frustrated with the direction of his character.
Well, the future Hall of Famer is back at it with his criticism of WWE's creative team. Batista did an interview with Wrestling Sheet Radio (h/t Ringside News), and explained what the problem is with them now - and how it's changed over time:
"The creative process, I still don’t get. It was a nightmare to me the last time I was there which was 2014 and it seems like it’s become worse. It seems that they’re just — I feel like they don’t have a clear vision or a long-term vision. Everything’s just week-to-week and it doesn’t seem like they stick to a plan very much...
(Chris) Jericho pointed out something to me that makes complete sense. He said that John Cena, he’s the last guy. He’s the last guy who’s gonna be over like he is. It’s because performers now they’re limited, their hands are tied. They can’t go to war like we used to...
...We had more freedom...We could be more on the edge and the guys are just not given that freedom anymore."
Of course, Batista isn't the only WWE legend who feels this way. Scott Steiner and 'Stone 'Cold' Steve Austin have also been critical of the creative team and the fact that superstars get very little say in their promos. During the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression eras, many superstars got to cut their own promos, and it helped them get over immensely. This includes the likes of Austin, Chris Jericho and The Rock.
The whole WWE creative process has been extremely unorganized in recent months. Vince McMahon changes up match endings at the last minute quite frequently, even though writers worked immensely on putting together their show for the week. And of course, there are a handful of writers that have resigned this year - all while WWE tries to get through is ratings problem.
What This Means
Countless WWE fans would love to see the company hand more freedom of speach over to its superstars. It's been difficult for many of Vince's favorite wrestlers to get over with the fans, due in large part to their awkward and lackluster promos they're forced to cut. If WWE wants to enhance its product, they simply need to listen to Batista and give the superstars more freedom.