There are a number of running news storylines that make their way around the dirt sheets each month. Will Steve Austin have one more match? Vince McMahon doesn't like [insert wrestler-of-the-month] because he's too [small/weird/from the indies/fat, etc].
The latest that has found its way into the cycle during the last few months is whether or not Batista is making his return. This afternoon, Batista took to his Twitter account to answer today's unsubstantiated claims with an emphatic "no."
There were a few other tweets where Big Dave had other choice words for those speculating about his wrestling intentions. But since this site, like WWE, tends to prefer family-friendly content, I'll let you seek out those posts on your own.
There didn't seem to be any posts from sites considered legitimate, which makes sense considering Batista was fairly clear that he isn't coming back to the WWE anytime soon.
The former WWE and World Heavyweight Champion is a wrestling fan and appreciates what Vince McMahon, Triple H and the WWE have done for his life and career. However, I do not believe he ever was a wrestler first and foremost.
Having attended a number of shows in Washington D.C. at the Verizon Center, I've heard Batista deliver his post-show speech to his hometown on a number of occasions. He was a local bouncer and body builder when he was discovered outside of a bar. He was brought in and trained before getting a big break when added to Evolution.
Batista is one of those rare instances when a guy gets famous and makes a lot of money for doing something that comes naturally and he loves. That thing isn't wrestling; it's lifting weights and looking both scary and impressive.
He was a great draw for the WWE in his prime, but he's getting too up in years to manage the work schedule Vince requires. The recent returns of Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam have spurred speculation that Batista would be interested in a return were he to get a light, part-time schedule.
Right now, though, he's more interested in a potentially lucrative movie career.
He's been cast in the upcoming sci-fi super hero flick The Guardians of the Galaxy. While this will hardly be a slam dunk at the box office and ticket to $10-15 million move roles, he knows there is more potential in Hollywood right now than as part of Vinnie Mac's traveling circus.
I won't say that I expect Batista to return for a brief run or a dream match at some point in the future, but it wouldn't surprise me if I saw a confirmed headline in a few months.
Do you think Batista will ever wrestle again in the WWE?