Rob Leigh of Mirror.co.uk passed on an interview the website recently conducted with WWE star Batista. Here are some highlights.
On wrestling Randy Orton at Judgment Day for the WWE Title:
“Randy and I have got a lot of history together. My first TV match was against him on SmackDown, and we actually started off together in Ohio Valley Wrestling so we’ve always had good chemistry. We had a really great match in December before I got injured so hopefully we’ll be able to start out where we left off. I’ve never held the WWE Championship, always the World Heavyweight Title, so I’d really like to hold that belt. The thing is we’ve both matured so much since the days of Evolution, but it all goes back to the vision that HHH had for us to lead the way for the younger group of wrestlers and it all came true. I can’t speak for Randy, but that really made my career.”
On recovering from his hamstring injury:
“It’s feeling good, I’m 100%. But I hear this all the time, I don’t think I’ve had that many injuries. I’ve had a few but it doesn’t seem like I’ve had any more than the next guy. They were pretty serious injuries but it’s not like I’ve had to stay out extended periods of time to get over them. Even this last one for example, I was supposed to be out for six-to-eight months and I came back in three-and-a-half months.”
On missing WrestleMania 25:
“I actually went up to see Vince about a month before the show because I felt my leg was healing up so fast. I told him ‘I think I could be ready for WrestleMania’ and he said that they’d definitely be able to use me. I actually found out the Thursday before WrestleMania that I wasn’t going to be in it. I didn’t really ask questions, just said ‘Okay, if that’s what you guys want.'”
If he would ever be interested in going heel:
“Oh God, I hope so. I always loved being a heel. With me it’s a very grey area, because even when I was a heel, I didn’t do anything over the top heelish and even as a babyface I’ve done a lot of things that are very heelish. So it’s all about who you’re in there with and how people perceive you. Like I said, I always enjoy being a heel. There aren’t any plans that I know of, but I’m sure (I’ll turn) at some point before the end of my career. I would love to go out as a heel.”
On his time left wrestling and in WWE:
“It’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot. I really just have mixed feelings about it right now. I have just about another year left on my contract which I want to fulfil and when I start getting close to the end of that contract that’s when I’ll make a final decision. I turned 40 while I was out injured and I just don’t want to overstay my welcome. I see a lot of young kids coming up and I’d like to make room for them, you know.”
To check out the full interview, click here.