Dave Bautista On 2014 WWE Return: ‘They Really Just Screwed Me Over’
Dave Bautista is one of the biggest stars in WWE history, having wrestled as six-time world champion Batista. However, Bautista isn’t exactly thrilled about how his 2014 WWE return went.
In an interview with the Daily Dead at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Bautista opened up on why he felt his 2014 return to WWE has as disastrous as it ended up being. As it turns out, it had a lot to do with the company not recognizing that Daniel Bryan was the one with the backing of the fans, and that there was nothing anyone could do to change that. Yet, the company still tried to rebel against the fans’ wishes, to the detriment of Bautista.
“It really sucked. It didn’t have anything to do with me or anything, there was just a lot going on behind the scenes,” Bautista said. “It was the company, man. They really just screwed me over. I was banging my head against the wall every day. It’s one of those things, I wish people knew how hard I fought to be there and how hard I fought to just give them the best matches and performances that I could. But it was an everyday struggle dealing with the company. It was such a f***ing nightmare.”
Bautista would go on to reveal that he actually stuck around a month longer than his contract stipulated.
“What most fans don’t realize is that I stayed an extra month. The reason I had to leave was because I had to go and do press for Marvel for Guardians of the Galaxy. They were actually nice enough to let me stay an extra month. They wanted me to stay that extra month and work with Daniel Bryan at another pay-per-view, but I just thought that didn’t even make sense.”
Bautista explained the Evolution feud with The Shield, and how that factored into his continued time in the company.
“We were just starting the Evolution thing, so why couldn’t we run with that instead of me putting Daniel over again, which I just did at Wrestlemania? We’re not going to have a better match there than we did at Mania. Let’s just work more with Evolution and build these guys up. So we did. Then right after we built the hell out of them and they were so strong as a unit, they broke them all up. I said, ‘What is wrong with you guys?'”
Bautista explained that this was his big issue with the company.
“But that was my struggle. I also think a lot of people thought that I really quit, that I really walked out, when in reality, I really stayed an extra month more than I was obligated to do just because I really wanted to be there. I felt like I finally hit my stride and I was so happy to be there again.”
In a sense, it’s sad that Bautista had a passion to be there, but had it scorched out of him by bad booking and corporate politics. With that said, I don’t think he’s exactly hurting for recognition, considering he’s one of the best parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now. And while that’s probably an exaggeration, I really do think Bautista is terrific as Drax, so here’s hoping his fame grows after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, to the point where WWE and wrestling fans around the world maybe realize what they’ve lost in the guy.
But what do you think of what Bautista had to say? Sound off in the comments!