Batista has never been afraid to speak his mind when it comes to discussing the current state of the WWE. The two-time Royal Rumble winner and four-time World Heavyweight Champion has left the company twice, due to frustration with the direction and creative team.
The Animal recently appeared on Edge and Christian's E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness, and talked about why he doesn't like today's product:
“This is not a dig on anyone, but I just don’t feel that the product is as good as it used to be. I think it [has] just changed in a lot of ways and not for the better...everybody was rockstars, man! They were real, live rockstars! They were real performers and everybody had kind of an edge to them...
they were interesting and different individuals and I feel like a lot of that [has] just been lost. I feel like a lot of the edginess has been taken out of wrestling, the creativity. There’s still great stuff going on with the company, but I don’t… and I feel like a dinosaur when I’m saying this, but I don’t feel like the product is as good as it was.”
Ever since Batista left the company, the WWE has transitioned more towards family-friendly content - the PG Era. Many of today's top wrestlers like Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles certainly lack creativity when compared to guys like Triple H, Edge, Ric Flair The Undertaker and others from the Ruthless Aggression Era.
In the PG Era, WWE has been extremely careful with what promos and matches are being ran. They've limited the showing of blood in matches, and there are no adult-oriented storylines or promos anymore.
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Batista is far from the only past superstar who doesn't like today's WWE product. Kevin Nash recently revealed that Vince McMahon told him "it's not the same anymore." Edge has also said that he doesn't buy many of today's top stars, including Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka.
It's easy to understand why Batista left the WWE in 2010 and 2014. He and the creative team simply don't see eye-to-eye anymore, and you can only envision the frustration The Animal had to go through.
Nonetheless, there have been rumors about Batista returning to the WWE in the near future. We'll see if he's able to work with today's product one last time, or if Hollywood remains his permanent home.