After failing to defeat Triple H at WrestleMania 35, Batista has confirmed on social media that he has retired from professional wrestling.
As the sun rises on the first day after WrestleMania 35, wrestling fans around the world are still mulling over what they did and didn't like from Sunday night's show. While Kofi Kingston becoming WWE Champion is a moment that pretty much every fan was on board with, almost everything else on the show seems to have fans split.
Nothing more so than the Triple H versus Batista match. The match definitely went a little longer than it probably should have, but when it comes to the content of the match, fans are torn. There were a few missteps and at times it was really telling that both Superstars are over 50, but on the other hand, both men used the No Holds Barred stipulation to their advantage and told a good story.
With The Game's career on the line, it was never really in any doubt who was going to win this one. Ric Flair slid Triple H a spare sledgehammer and it was that which proved to be the difference. In the early hours of Monday morning, Batista took to Instagram to not only thanks the fans, but to make a statement. The Animal revealed that his match at WrestleMania 35 was his last.
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To all the @wwe fans across the world that gave me the opportunity to suspend your disbelief, thank you. From the biggest part of my heart thank you for letting me entertain you. Tonight was my story book ending and I wanted to leave you with all I had to give. I’ll miss this theater of violence more than I can express in words but I am officially retiring from Sports Entertainment. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, I leave in great health, and without a doubt the show will go on. I had a hell of a run. Thank you for the journey ✌🏼#dreamchaser #wrestlemania35
"Tonight was my story book ending and I wanted to leave you with all I had to give," Batista wrote alongside a photo of him being helped from the ring. "I’ll miss this theater of violence more than I can express in words but I am officially retiring from Sports Entertainment." Batista was already semi-retired due to the success he continues to enjoy in Hollywood, but obviously wanted to end things in the right way on his own terms.
It's interesting that Batista waited until after WrestleMania to make this revelation. Assuming WWE knew this would be his last match, it could have been pitched as a career versus career affair. There are a couple of reasons WWE might not have wanted to do that. For starters, as we said, Batista already had one foot out the door anyway. Secondly, there was already one retirement match on the card for Kurt Angle.