Now, Slice Wrestling reports that there are still plans to bring in Batista for a big match at WrestleMania 35 anyway.
The WWE’s rumored Batista return plans
According to the reports, Batista and the WWE are in talks to have him in a “major match” at WrestleMania 35. The only problem is that he will start shooting a new movie in February and that will likely interfere with the lead-in to WrestleMania.
So, what could the WWE have planned for Batista that could be considered a major match?
The last time that Batista was in the WWE he was promised a world title run after his return but the fans hijacked that return when Daniel Bryan was pushed hard and he ended up taking the pinfall loss to Bryan at WrestleMania that year in a three-way that finally gave DB his big win.
It is unlikely that they will make the same mistake. Or maybe it isn’t.
While there is no one really at the forefront of the hunt for Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship, Seth Rollins is the front-runner to battle Lesnar for the title at WrestleMania 35.
There also seems to be no way that they bring back Batista for the Royal Rumble and have him immediately win and move into a title shot. The fans would revolt again.
So, if it isn’t to dethrone Brock Lesnar finally — which fans would probably be behind even if Batista isn’t who they want to see there — who could he fight?
Batista vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 35
One of the best ideas right now is that John Cena and Batista could wrestle at WrestleMania 35.
Cena needs a match and if Batista is going to have a “major match,” this could be the best one possible. The story is there, with Batista a Hollywood star thanks to Marvel and James Bond (he will be in the remake of Dune as well), while Cena wants to be a Hollywood star with Bumblebee his biggest movie to date.
Plus, if the WWE wants to have that Batista vs. Triple H match down the line — either at WrestleMania 36 or SummerSlam later this year — having him beat Cena at WrestleMania 35 would set the table for that match as well.
This is all just speculation, but if the WWE wants to bring in Batista for a big match at WrestleMania 35, it wouldn’t get bigger than one against John Cena.