Batista: ‘WWE Passed On A Return Just Before Guardians Of The Galaxy!’

Batista says that he pitched a WWE return to take place around the release of Guardians of the Galaxy in August 2014, but that the idea was shot down because Triple H and Stephanie McMahon questioned whether the film would even be any good. Batista appeared on Alex Greenfield’s The Writer’s Room podcast and talked about his last WWE run, saying that he wasn’t happy with how it turned out but that he had an idea about coming back for SummerSlam that year.

“I felt so unsatisfied with that return, it just broke my heart because I’d been thinking about it for years, going back,” Batista said. “You know I missed it and I wanted to be there. So I was just starting to hit my stride and I literally had to leave because I had to go start promoting Guardians but when I left – and I haven’t talked to a lot of people about this, and I don’t care if they’re pissed for me saying something – but I wanted to come back and do SummerSlam because… I would have had the opportunity to go back and I talked to Steph and Hunter about it and I think that was… around August, I wanted to come back around the release of the film, around Guardians, and I said wouldn’t it be great if I was back, and I was also in the #1 movie in the world? And they kind of had a snicker and it was, you know, “We don’t even know if the movie’s gonna be good.”

He continued, “And it was one of those moments and I was like okay. And it was a very uncomfortable moment where they were just kind of doubting me and laughing in my face.”

Of course, Guardians of the Galaxy — which was, to be fair, considered to be Marvel’s riskiest movie at the time — became one of their biggest hits. It went on to be a major hit with critics and grossed $773.3 million worldwide and pushed Batista into being a recognized film star, which has led to him having roles in Spectre and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 of course.

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VIDEO: Stephanie Wants Ronda Rousey in WWE, & More

Stephanie McMahon appeared on FOX Sports’ Wrestling Compadres Slamcast for an interview and was asked about Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor or even Mark Hunt doing stuff with WWE. McMahon gave the “anything can happen” line and said, “I’ve been chomping at the bit for a long time to have Ronda as a part of the WWE, but she has a few other things on her roadmap I think.” She added that she was excited to be part of the 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports list alongside Rousey.

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Alicia Fox Returning Shorty?, Lilian Garcia Meets With Fans After RAW (Video)

– Alicia Fox is advertised for the WWE house show in Savannah, Georgia on July 30th per the Savannah Civic Center. This will be Fox’s first match since she was injured in April working the European tour.

– Lilian Garcia posted the following, linking to video of her meeting fans after RAW on Monday:

What happened after #Raw lst nite in the parking lot in Tampa, FL? Click here 2 c! Hint: Enzo Amore & @WWEUniverse https://t.co/HrRPaCpmhm

— Lilian Garcia (@LilianGarcia) June 28, 2016

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Bret Hart: ‘I Don’t Understand Why WWE Won’t Push Curtis Axel!’, & More

Bret Hart’s latest episode of Sharpshooter Podcast features comments by the WWE Hall of Famer on Curtis Axel’s booking in WWE and more. You can check out the audio and highlights below:

On WWE’s booking of Curtis Axel: “I wish they would do so much more with Axel. Curt’s kid. It’s just such a shame.”

On why he thinks WWE doesn’t play off of Curtis’ legacy as Mr. Perfect’s son more: “I’ve never understood it from the beginning. Even the name McGillicutty or whatever that gimmick was. I just seems almost like impossible odds to turn that in to any kind of successful storyline. What do you do with that? It never made a lot of sense to me. I think that he’s really a wasted talent. I think he’s a real talent. He’s every bit the athlete and the performer that his Dad was. I just always thought that he was a little bit like Cody Rhodes where it’s like they never quite gave him the right things to book him to be the star that he was.”

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The First ‘WCW Nitro’ Added To The WWE Network + WWE NXT Highlight Videos, More

– The final episode of WCW Monday Nitro is now available on the WWE Network, having been added along with other episodes from 1999 through 2001.

– Next week’s Unfiltered with Renee Young guest is Dean Ambrose. The show episode airs next Wednesday on the Network.

– Here are the highlight videos for this week’s episode of WWE NXT:

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Report – Roman Reigns Forced To Apologize For WWE Suspension

According to the WON, Roman Reigns was ordered to apologize to his fellow WWE talent for his Wellness violation and accompanying thirty-day suspension. went to the locker room and apologized to everyone before he flew home to serve out the suspension.

The apology had a mixed reaction from the talent roster; some felt there was no need to humiliate him but others agreed with the decision. Mark Carrano told Reigns he had to apologize, meaning that the order came from Triple H and not Vince McMahon.

Reigns won’t get wrestling pay for the suspension and will lose around $100,000. He will still get paid for merchandise and royalty cuts.

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