Following the WWE Extreme Rules event this Sunday, it’s known that Batista will be taking a few weeks off to promote the release of his upcoming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie.
How this effects the outcome of the Shield vs. Evolution match still remains to be seen, but we’re now learning that the Animal was slated to be around for Payback to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, but according to a report from PWInsider.com, that plan was scrapped by Batista himself, who felt that losing to someone of Bryan’s size clean would hurt his credibility.
The original plans for Daniel Bryan were to face Batista at WWE Payback in June. Batista apparently turned that down, as he felt losing to someone so small would not help him be remembered when he returns to the company. He also felt that it would not be good for his movie promotions.
First off, this makes no sense whatsoever because, at WrestleMania, Batista was the one who took the final fall, tapping out to the Yes Lock to give Bryan his title victory. So I’m not really sure how much one more loss would really hurt him, but this is Batista we’re talking about who it seems at times tends to forget that the show is scripted.
Secondly, and most importantly, why is he worried about his “return” to the company when he himself knows that, in the end, no one would more than likely care less if he did come back.