Batista Says His 2021 WWE HOF Induction Will Be Postponed to Later Date

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2021

FILE -In this July 10, 2019, file photo, Dave Bautista attends the LA Premiere of
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Batista walked for miles inside a pit of danger during his WWE career, but even The Animal is unable to avoid the occasional scheduling conflict.  

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.