Former WWE Champion Batista was recently a guest on MLW Radio’s Writers Room where he gave a lot of insight into his most recent run with WWE in 2014. He touched on various topics, including: how the idea that he is anti-Daniel Bryan is untrue, the real reason why he did not face Bryan at Extreme Rules 2014 and why he hated all the “Bluetista” chants and comments.
Batista on the belief that people though he was anti-Daniel Bryan.
“I did the thing with Daniel Bryan. Let me tell you the reason I was pissed about the whole thing, the reason why, because I didn’t want to work with him at the next pay-per-view. I wanted to work with [The] Shield. I wanted to do the Evolution thing, so it wasn’t anything against Daniel Bryan and it wasn’t because I loved Evolution so much. I wanted to do the Evolution thing and that’s what kills me. So the first thing, the whole Daniel Bryan thing, I love Daniel. Everybody gave me a lot of grief over that and I was one of the first guys way back when saying ‘Daniel’s great! You’ve got to do something with him!’ They wanted me to job him out. The only time we ever worked together and I was like, ‘he’s way too good for that!’ And people, they gave me all this s–t about being so anti-Daniel Bryan and I just didn’t know where it came from.”
On being upset at creative’s decision for Bryan not to sell his injuries from WrestleMania XXX and the Raw after WrestleMania more.
“Here’s what I hated about the whole Daniel Bryan thing. So we did the thing at ‘Mania, which was great, man. I wanted to put him over. I agreed to tap out to him. It was no big deal. I never made a big deal out of it. The thing I made a big deal out of was that we did that deal that night. The next night, after he had gotten off of a stretcher, gone through hell the whole night, and it wasn’t his call, but they wanted him to come back not selling anything, like not selling that he was sore, or beat up, or injured. Nothing! And so, even at the end of the night, again, we give him all of our finishes, we beat him all up, and then right after that, he’s up chanting ‘yes!’ and after he had taken three finishes, like, just buried the s–t out of us. So I was like, I’m all for him getting him over and putting him over, but don’t bury us while we’re doing it. It doesn’t have to be that way. We’re not only burying us, but we’re burying the whole business and that’s what pissed me off.”
On loving The Shield, not agreeing with WWE’s decision to break them up and his hatred for “Bluetista”.
“And then, the whole thing with The Shield, like, I love that whole run, man. I loved working with those guys. The thing is, we put them over like a million bucks then they split them right up. They could have continued that run for at least year together. Those guys are great. The Shield was such a strong unit. Man, they could have milked that for everything that it’s worth. They should have had them running with the Wyatts till everybody was sick of seeing it, but they split them right up. And not only that, but we did this match where we literally, we all beat the s–t out of each other. And, of course, I don’t mind being the fall guy, take the fall, whatever, they can go over me. I’ll put them over like a million bucks, but the thing that pissed me off was that we busted our ass to get those f–king guys over and everybody walked away saying, ‘Batista wore blue. What an asshole.’ f–king really? That’s what you got out of that f–king match, that I wore blue? That s–t pissed me off, man. It just pissed me off.”
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