There have been a lot of reports recently surrounding the original plans for Ronda Rousey’s tag team partner at WrestleMania 34 this Sunday. Of course, Ronda is slated to team with RAW General Manager Kurt Angle against Triple H & RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, however that may not have been the initial plan. According to a report by The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Batista had been in talks to return to WWE and side with Ronda at WrestleMania, but for one reason or another those talks fell apart.
Today, Pro Wrestling Sheet is backing that report, adding that comversations between Batista and Triple H began in January and went very well, so much so that the belief was the match would plant the seeds for a one-on-one encounter between ‘The Game’ and ‘The Animal’ at WrestleMania 35 next year. Batista has stated publicly on multiple occasions that he would like to return and have one more battle with Triple H before calling it quits for good.
As for why Batista is not Ronda’s partner at WrestleMania, it’s being said that talks all of a sudden stopped and Batista never heard anything back from WWE, later finding out that Kurt Angle would be Ronda’s partner. Additionally, ‘The Animal’ reportedly was not given any notice, courtesy call or a heads up when he reached out to WWE to see where they were at.
EA’s Take: I’m not sure how much of this I actually buy, if Triple H and Big Dave are as tight as they say, then I don’t see why Hunter wouldn’t have given Batista a heads up. Plus, we all know WWE loves the high-profile and with Batista being in the upcoming Avengers movie scheduled to be released on April 27th, it would just make too much sense for him to come in right now with that movie projected to be the biggest of all-time. I think it’s also important to remember that seeds for Angle/HHH were planted back in November at Survivor Series, so I always felt as if the plan was for those two to face-off in some capacity at WrestleMania.
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