As announced this evening, WWE will hold a live event at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, February 16, 2014, and according to www.unlvtickets.com, "The Animal" is scheduled to appear at the event. Sources within the sports-entertainment organization confirmed to us tonight that this is not an advertising error as he is indeed coming back. Advertising was released prematurely, spoiling WWE's planned surprise (which one source speculated as taking place as early as the Royal Rumble next month). As you can imagine, WWE is not happy the advertising leaked out early.
Batista, who is now 44-years-old, had been contemplating a return to WWE since last spring in discussions with Triple H. However, his acting schedule prevented him from making a commitment until recently. We reported late Wednesday night that Batista had been in talks with WWE and that negotiations were continuing to take place.
One source speculated that Batista will not appear for WWE until he is called to promote Guardians, which is scheduled to be released in theaters on August 1, 2014. They likely won't wait that long though and the return could happen as early as the Royal Rumble pay-per-view next month as we noted above.
Batista last appeared for WWE in 2010, with his final match resulting in a loss to John Cena. He later stated in media interviews that he left WWE due to unhappiness with the company's family-friendly product. He did not, however, rule out a return to the organization as he has said that he would be interested in having another run.