The six-time world champion announced Tuesday he's unable to attend this year's Hall of Fame ceremony during WrestleMania 37 week. Instead, he'll participate in the event at a later date:
The Artist Formerly Known as Super Duper Dave @DaveBautista
To the @WWEUniverse Unfortunately due to previous obligations I am unable to be a part of the @WWE #HOF this year. By my request they have agreed to induct me at a future ceremony where I’ll be able to properly thank the fans and people who made my career possible🙏🏼 #DreamChaser
WWE initially announced in December 2019 that Batista was headed for its Hall of Fame. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, forced the company to scrap its plans for a live induction in spring 2020. As a result, the 2020 inductees would be merged together with this year's class.
Batista briefly returned to WWE in the buildup to WrestleMania 35, eventually losing to Triple H in what proved to be his final match. He announced shortly after the show he was retiring from professional wrestling.