Dave Bautista

Former WWE star and current actor Dave Bautista was interviewed by Heather Wixson at The Daily Dead to promote the upcoming release at the Sundance Film Fesitval of his movie, “Bushwick” and was asked a series of questions about his last run with WWE in 2014.

The following are excerpts from the interview:

Why didn’t his last run with WWE work:

“It was the company, man. They really just screwed me over. I was banging my head against the wall every day. It’s one of those things, I wish people knew how hard I fought to be there and how hard I fought to just give them the best matches and performances that I could. But it was an everyday struggle dealing with the company. It was such a f***ing nightmare.”

On originally being slated to wrestle Daniel Bryan in his last PPV match with WWE and getting it changed:

“What most fans don’t realize is that I stayed an extra month. The reason I had to leave was because I had to go and do press for Marvel for Guardians of the Galaxy. They were actually nice enough to let me stay an extra month. They wanted me to stay that extra month and work with Daniel Bryan at another pay-per-view, but I just thought that didn’t even make sense. We were just starting the Evolution thing, so why couldn’t we run with that instead of me putting Daniel over again, which I just did at WrestleMania? We’re not going to have a better match there than we did at Mania. Let’s just work more with Evolution and build these guys up. So we did. Then right after we built the hell out of them and they were so strong as a unit, they broke them all up. I said, “What is wrong with you guys?” But that was my struggle. I also think a lot of people thought that I really quit, that I really walked out, when in reality, I really stayed an extra month more than I was obligated to do just because I really wanted to be there. I felt like I finally hit my stride and I was so happy to be there again.”

Being blown off by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon for wanting to return at SummerSlam 2014 during the time “Guardians of the Galaxy” was released:

“I said to them, because I wanted to come back for SummerSlam, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I came back right when I’m also in the biggest film in the world?’ Literally, it was Hunter [Triple H] and Stephanie [McMahon] who laughed at me, and Hunter goes, ‘We don’t even know if it’s going to be any good.’ I swear to God. But I wanted to go back for SummerSlam, and they didn’t want me to come back. I think because they thought it was such a failure, that run, and it wasn’t a failure because of me. Sorry, I’m venting now.”


  1. Made a defense that his second run wasn’t a complete waste yet says it was a complete nightmare. Hypocrisy/contradiction much?

  2. It was a nightmare from the stance that, he was frustrated as a performer. But it wasn’t a complete waste because, from the perspective of a fan, he won the Royal Rumble, main evented WrestleMania and put over the hottest talent in the promotion, and had an amazing set of matches with the Shield, which elevated all three men to the top of the company. So, not a contradiction; he just has different opinions about how things went from either side of the fence.

  3. …….For the record, Guardians of the Galaxy made $773,312,399 at the box office, is getting a sequel, and is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has made $10,897,364,558. How much have Triple H’s movies made?

  4. True. But, to be the devil’s advocate, it wasn’t until people actually got to see it that people felt positive about it. Since its announcement, the general consensus was “what in the hell are they thinking?” and that it was yelled up-and-down that Guardians was going to be the massive flop that brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a screeching thudding halt. I remember people still talking crap about it until far past those great trailers releasing. Literally, there was no way of knowing it was going to be as good as it was (and boy, was it!)
    And now, I have to go take a shower, because I just defended HHH’s reasoning for acting like a .wad.

  5. lol Dude, it’s alright. I’ve had to play devil’s advocate before. It’s not fun, but someone’s gotta do it.

    Regardless, though, I actually had a good feeling about the movie going into it. I thought it was a good idea, and it resulted in a good movie. Not GREAT, definitely not for everybody (then again, nothing is), but good enough. And it REALLY showed me that the makers of the DC movies needed to stop taking everything so damned seriously. It’s superhero movies. The audience will be forgiving if they’re a LITTLE silly. Maybe not Batman & Robin levels of campness, but still, superheroes are inherently kind of silly. And no one can say that they understand and respect the genre if they’re afraid to make actual superhero movies.

    …Sorry, that one kinda got away from me. It’s worth noting my blog is actually entitled Jyger’s Rant. lol

  6. IF WWE actually used writers that know pro wrestling and care about pro wrestling. Better script would be the norm of the day. WWE hires these Hollywood Hacks that can’t make it in the industry. These hacks have no freaking idea about making pro wrestling look real.

  7. We understand your pain, Batista. WWE is run by .wad idiots these days so why even try to be part of it again. You’re part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe now which is for the most part better, well-written, & watched by more people. Stay with them and leave the WWE Universe mired down in their PG Era–Reality Era–New Era–whatever. When HHH begs YOU to come back, tell him to “Blow this.”

  8. His one big screen movie, The Chaperone, made a whopping $14,400 on a $3 million budget. BWAHAHAHAH!!! XD
    And no I don’t count Blade Trinity as a HHH movie where he only played a minor villain. Stay with your daddy’s company Triple Ass. The McMahons are utter failures at any venture they’ve ever tried outside of wrestling.

  9. But Vince himself is WWE’s head creative guy so you’d think he would be someone who knows & cares about wrestling but all these sorry scripts, storylines, & promos are just as much his fault as they are of the rest of the Hollywood hacks he brings in.

  10. Would these be those same wise, learned critics who said that moving beyond SpiderMan & X-Men and basing their new series of movies on Iron Man would be a sure-fire failure for Marvel Studios? I guess they were all as stupid as Triple Ass is.

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