Batista Explains Why He Won’t Return to the Ring


Batista discussed the final match of his career at WrestleMania 35 against Triple H during an appearance on Talk is Jericho. 

While speaking with Chris Jericho, Batista explained why the match was his retirement match for sure. Here is what he had to say (H/t to for the transcription): 

“I’m done, yeah. My in-ring career is over. I would go back if they invited me on the show to go back and be a personality, or just to go back and say hi to the fans, cut a really bad promo [laughs]. I would do it, because you know, I just love it. I love professional wrestling. But I will never, I will not go back [to wrestle]. I will not disrespect myself or my career and wrestle. I just won’t do it. And I wanted to retire the way I did because I didn’t want to make a big stink out of it. I didn’t want to give some speech that some writer has written out for me. It wasn’t like, you know, it was just for me. It was just a way for me to personally say [goodbye]. And that’s why I did it over my social media, because I’m speaking to my fans. Because nobody else other than my fans give a s**t. I wanted to let them know that I just enjoyed everything, I enjoyed the ride, thank you for everything. I’m done, I’m just so done.”

“Oh yeah, yeah. One way or another, whether it was horrible or not. That’s why I was like, when it was over I was so relieved. I was so relieved, because it couldn’t have been — that match could have been disastrous. I mean, it could have been a horror show, but I think it — you know, we accomplished, two old guys got in there and we put it on the line. And I think we gave them our money’s worth. And I think we both proved a point to the fans and to ourselves that we deserved to be on that card.”

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