Batista appears to have unfinished business to take care of, as The Animal is looking for a full-time return to the WWE and has reached out to Vince McMahon about a possible reunion.
The wrestler-turned-actor had a forgetful return to the WWE in 2014. Despite portraying a babyface, Batista was booed by the fans especially after he won the Royal Rumble. The creative team had to turn him heel, then have Daniel Bryan defeat him and Randy Orton in the main event at WrestleMania.
Batista has mentioned many times how frustrated he was with his last run, but appears keen on giving it one last go. If he returns, these are the five superstars Batista must face in his third tenure with the WWE.
5. Jinder Mahal
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying how well Jinder Mahal pulls off the ultimate bad guy role. Yes, he’s just another muscle-filled machine (with very little in-ring talent), that Vince McMahon loves to have, but Mahal still has the chance to be a top guy.
However, he needs to face guys of similar wrestling styles. He doesn’t have good chemistry with AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, or Randy Orton. If Mahal were to face Batista, you’d have two jacked beasts, both with the angry demeanors that make them the ultimate bad guys.
Batista could be used to help Mahal get over more. Both men have strong microphone skills, which could build up for a good match/rivalry. Considering how much Mahal is hated, it would be easy to successfully bring back Batista as a face, if that’s what the creative team is planning on.
4. Brock Lesnar
Lesnar is still a main event draw, but many (including yours truly), are getting bored of his usual dominant, non-thrilling victories. Lesnar has put on great matches against Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, and others, but the results are predictable. Over and over and over again.
Batista is one of the few guys around who could, realistically, beat Lesnar in a match. He’s got three inches on Lesnar and has an MMA background, so it wouldn’t be hard to buy him as the man who conquered the beast.
Furthermore, these are two wrestling legends who destroyed most of their opponents. Lesnar vs Batista offers two unstoppable forces, and for once, fans wouldn’t be 100 percent sure on the beast winning this match.
3. Shinsuke Nakamura
Death, taxes, and the WWE failing to use one of their top talents from NXT properly. Why are we not surprised?
Nakamura has all the talent in the world to be the next big thing in WWE. He’s arguably their most gifted in-ring performer and draws insane crowd reactions. But he’s taken a seat behind Styles, Mahal, and Kevin Owens on SmackDown. It’s time for WWE to give Nakamura the push he deserves, and Batista is one of the few veterans that could help put him over.
If the creative team wants to make him a heel, then a feud with Nakamura is perfect. It can be a brief rivalry, and WWE could ask Batista to help put one more star over. That’s what made him a difference-maker in WWE, and he could help Nakamura finally launch himself into the main event card.
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2. Triple H
Who doesn’t like some nostalgia?
Triple H and Batista were part of the legendary Evolution stable. But The Animal finally became a top star when he turned on The Game and defeated him at WrestleMania 21 to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
Evolution reunited when Batista came back to WWE in 2014. In his last television appearance, Batista “quit” the company and walked out after The Game wouldn’t grant him a championship match.
WWE loves to throw in the odd feud between two old-timers, and having Batista come back for revenge against Triple H would be perfect. It was The Game who turned The Animal into a legend, and it only makes sense to add at least one more chapter to this storied friendship/rivalry.
1. Braun Strowman
WWE has been pushing Braun Strowman as a main event guy, by having the Monster Among Men absolutely crush all of his opponents. Unfortunately for Strowman, he doesn’t have much fierce competition left. He’s already defeated Big Show and continues to destroy Kane. Who’s left?
Strowman also had his feuds with Roman Reigns and needs to beat at least one more major star to actually get over. Having him face Batista is perfect, given their giant statures and respective histories of squashing opponents. And again, Strowman is another guy Batista could help get over. Both have similar wrestling styles, which means The Animal would put on a good match.
If there’s one person Batista needs to face, it’s Strowman. We know how much Vince loves pushing his muscle monsters, so have Batista vs. Strowman. Everyone’s happy.
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