Video: Batista returns to WWE during the close of RAW, Attacks Ric Flair backstage

During the close of tonight’s RAW from Atlanta, Batista (Dave Bautista) made his return to WWE television for the first time since last year’s Smackdown 1000 episode.

In a segment that was set to celebrate Ric Flair’s 70th birthday featuring appearances by Shawn Michaels, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Kurt Angle and Sting, Batista was shown dragging a camera to Flair’s dressing room backstage.

Excerpt courtesy of Mike Tedesco’s live RAW recap:

Stephanie McMahon says Ric Flair will always be a champion in their eyes. That’s why they have created a custom made WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt. She unveils it. Triple H then introduces “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

Ric Flair’s music plays, but he’s nowhere to be seen. We go backstage to see Batista dragging a cameraman around. Batista enters Ric Flair’s dressing room and slams the door shut. Batista then opens the door and drags an unconscious Flair out! Batista says, “Hey Hunter. Do I have you attention now? Huh?” Triple H gets out of the ring and runs to the back.

Triple H runs down the hallway to the injured Ric Flair. Agents and referees are around Flair. Triple H screams for a doctor. Flair is holding his midsection and in pain.

Based on his comments during Smackdown 1000 and his appearance tonight, it would appear WWE is setting up Batista vs. Triple H for WrestleMania 35 this year.

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