The 50-year-old Batista later took to social media and announced his retirement from sports entertainment, finally getting the proper closure he wanted from a storied career in the ring.
Obviously, it wasn't the greatest match in terms of quality. It was Batista's first match since 2014, and The Game is also about to turn 50 years of age. But there were some incredible moments throughout the no holds barred match, which included Triple H pulling out Batista's nose ring.
Batista appeared on Lilian Garcia's Chasing Glory podcast (h/t WrestlingInc.com), and actually admitted that he didn't prepare enough questioned himself as he headed into New York for the big show:
"I'm 50 years old and have been out of wrestling for five years and then just get back into wrestling at a WrestleMania. I'm super excited, but I wish I was a little better prepared. I wish I was a little younger.
I went and wrestled for the first time a few weeks ago and I immediately felt beat up. It's just all the jolting around. It may be one thing if I had the time to get used to it, but when you don't do it for years at a time and then you are being jolted around again, it's rough."
Batista also admitted that he had the nerves going, and he described that as being one of his "biggest weaknesses." But at the end of the day, Batista fared just fine and delivered some big hits on Triple H, and even though he lost, it was nice for the future Hall of Famer to finally go out on a high note.
The Animal left WWE in 2010 following creative differences, then returned in 2014 to reform Evolution - where they would feud with The Shield. However, Batista left a few months later and would continue to find some big movie roles in Hollywood - where he has shined ever since. Finally, after a pair of disappointing exits from WWE, Batista can be happy about how his career ended - and the Hall of Fame will be the final stop in his illustrious wrestling journey.
What This Means
Nobody expected a jaw-dropping match between Batista and Triple H. The former was wrestling for the first time in five years, while Triple H is slowly recovering from a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in November. But the two legends were able to piece together an entertaining match with some huge bumps, and it's safe to say that the match exceeded some folks' expectations.