Batista Reportedly Returning to the WWE Before WrestleMania

Daniel Van BoomAnalyst IIDecember 20, 2013

WrestleMania XXX is looking to be one of the WWE’s biggest events ever, and it appears that another huge star will be added to the card.

According to PWInsider (via, Batista will be returning to the WWE in the next few months, potentially at the Royal Rumble.

Former WWE Champion Batista is returning soon to WWE.

As announced this evening, WWE will hold a live event at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, February 16, 2014, and according to, "The Animal" is scheduled to appear at the event. Sources within the sports-entertainment organization confirmed to tonight that this is not an advertising error as he is indeed coming back. Advertising was released prematurely, spoiling WWE's planned surprise (which one source speculated as taking place at the Royal Rumble next month). 

The report goes on to note that the former six-time world champion is now 44 years old and has been discussing a return to the ring with Triple H since last spring, though his acting schedule proved too hectic for him to commit to a returnuntil now, it seems.

In regards to how long he’ll stay, the report states, "One source speculated that Batista will appear for WWE until he is called to promote Guardians, which is scheduled to be released in theaters on August 1, 2014."

If this is all true, the next question is, who will The Animal face? His last match with the company was against John Cena back in 2010, so Cena would make sense as his first opponent, though that would mean Batista would have to return as a heel.

The Animal never worked a program with Brock Lesnar, and there’s certainly huge box office appeal in that matchup. Alternately, if the company can’t convince Shawn Michaels to return, perhaps they’ll opt to have Daniel Bryan face The Leviathan at WrestleMania?

Who would you like to see Batista face at ‘Mania? Do you even want him to return? Let us know in the comments section below.

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