Batista Denies Rumors of WWE Return on Twitter

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterMay 1, 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  Batista stands in the ring during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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Batista crushed rumors of his rumored return to the WWE like he's done to so many opponents in the past.

The Animal, like any former WWE star who is physically able to compete, is consistently the subject of rumors. Fans want to see their favorites come back even if the stars themselves have moved on. Ask Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels.

Batista tried his hand at MMA, but it seems most of his time these days is spent acting in movies like Man with the Iron Fists. WWE doesn't seem to be on the docket right now.

While he did leave the proverbial door open, Batista certainly didn't sound like he's seeing how his wrestling boots fit anytime soon when he tweeted the following.

Then again, WWE stars have lied to us before.

In 2011, Chris Jericho tweeted (via, "Let me get something straight...I will never wrestle for the WWE again." Jericho, of course, went on to return to WWE twice. That tweet is no longer up on Twitter.

Discussion of a Batista return picked up when he reportedly said (h/t via he was interested in working for WWE again, especially to face Brock Lesnar. The interest may still be there on his end, but nothing appears imminent.

If the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania were fast approaching, it would make sense to dismiss this as potential misdirection. Those events usually boast a number of surprises and Batista would be nearly 300 pounds worth of surprise.

As it stands, we may end up seeing Batista in a WWE ring in the future given that the check Vince McMahon hands him is a nice fat one.

For now, it looks like Hollywood has a strong grip on the former world champ. It will take an ideal scenario and a big payday to pull him back into a world with no stunt doubles.

WWE's list of part-timers is going to be Batista-less for the time being.