While he was originally scheduled to work a high profile match against the Undertaker at the event, there are those backstage within WWE that are pushing for Brock Lesnar to be moved into a program with Batista at Wrestlemania 30 instead.
February 3, 2014
During a podcast interview with Chris Jericho, Batista revealed that he has some lingering backstage heat towards Vince McMahon over an incident that happened a couple of years ago. The former world heavyweight champion was fined $100,000 by WWE because he purposely cut himself during a match to draw blood. Batista felt that the amount was unfairly high, and he noted that was the day when he knew that things would never be the same with WWE.
September 8, 2014
Since he still has some backstage stroke, Batista is said to be using his political powers in an attempt to get WWE to push Titus ONeil, whom he calls a very close friend of his. The former world heavyweight champion has even publicly stated that he would be more than willing to be the person to elevate ONeil should the company decide to go that route.
August 15, 2014
The success of Guardians of the Galaxy has changed things up a bit backstage in WWE. It has given Batista a bit more leverage now that his name value has increased with the general public. Management is being careful with how they spend their money nowadays because of the major losses due to the WWE Network, but many feel that they would pay for Batista because he can bring a lot of attention to the company.
August 13, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE is purposely leaking the story of Batista not being willing to put over Daniel Bryan as a way to make him seem like the villain backstage. The issues between Batista and WWE are because of money, scheduling problems and broken promises made by the company in regards to promoting outside projects Batista is involved with. It is being said that Batista has no issues with putting over Bryan.
May 9, 2014
For weeks now, people backstage in WWE have been toying around with the idea of doing a heel turn with Sheamus, in hopes that it rejuvenates the former world heavyweight champion and brings him closer to the main event scene again. The idea being tossed around by WWE now is to add him join Triple H and Randy Orton in Evolution when Batista takes his break to promote his new movie.
May 9, 2014
While the early rumors were that Evolution and the Shield would be doing a rematch at Payback 2014, word coming out of backstage now is that WWE is thinking about handling things a little bit differently. Management is toying around with the idea of doing three separate singles matches involving Batista, Triple H, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at the pay per view.
May 7, 2014
Rumors are floating around right now that several WWE stars are upset with their pay as of late. Among the more vocal ones backstage is said to be Batista, who feels that the money is not what he felt it would have been when he agreed to return to WWE. The huge drop in pay per view buy rate has more than likely altered the size of the bonus checks that wrestlers are used to receiving.
May 5, 2014
The goal for WWE backstage this summer is to elevate Roman Reigns into a main event performer, so that he can be utilized in a high profile pay per view match against Triple H soon. At Extreme Rules 2014, WWE planted the seeds for that by having Reigns spearing and pinning Batista to get the victory for the Shield. The moment gave him some further credibility.
May 5, 2014
A video from Smackdown of the Shield attacking Brad Maddox backstage. WWE has been pushing Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns even more so recently, in order to get them ready for their big match against Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista at Extreme Rules 2014.
April 27, 2014
In a rather interesting move, WWE is now selling the skinny jeans that Batista ripped during Monday Night Raw last month. It is being sold on their auction website, and the price has climbed up to $260. Batista has been the butt of jokes backstage by other performers for his choice of clothing since making his return to WWE earlier in the year.
April 5, 2014
"For some reason I think people thought that I didn't like Daniel Bryan or I had this personal thing. I said a comment, I had one comment about him when he first won the world heavyweight championship and I was like, I was in shock and I said, 'Okay.' Because I just didn't get it. The reason I didn't get it because it was too soon and that's my personal opinion. I felt it was way too soon and they did that constantly over and over. I thought they, they just slap the title on people like, way too fast. It's like, I think sometimes that they used the title, I might get a little grief for saying it, sometimes I think they use the title to get guys over. I thought it just, they did it, it was premature. I never had a problem with him being you know, World Heavyweight Champion, I just thought that they did it way too fast. Years ago, before everybody was you know on his jock, when they wanted me to job him out, and I was like, 'Hell no.' He's just too good. He had been coming around for years and I could never figure out why they didn't give him a job, but he had come out and they wanted me to work a match with him, and squash him and I was like, 'No, not gonna happen.' He's way too good man, we could have a good match, and we did. I mean we gave 'em a version of what they wanted, but we gave 'em a hell of a match." - Batista discusses his backstage heat with Daniel Bryan
April 1, 2014
Since he has a thing for fashion trends such as skinny jeans, Batista is routinely mocked backstage in WWE. Obviously, people are not doing this to his face, as he does have a temper and is a giant of a man. It is being said that a lot of people within the company found it to be quite humorous that he tore his pants on Monday Night Raw this week.
March 27, 2014
There were plans backstage at the last Monday Night Raw to turn Batista into a heel by having Randy Orton playing with the mind of his former Evolution teammate. WWE opted against doing that during the show, so they went with a watered down version of the heel turn on Smackdown to test out the reaction from the audience.
March 2, 2014
There are talks backstage that this potential match between Daniel Bryan and Triple H could simply be a ruse for Wrestlemania 30, as some feel that Bryan will eventually be moved into the main event match for the WWE Championship. Management wants to rush the heel turn for Batista because the fans have simply turned on him.
February 28, 2014
While WWE is attempting to make it seem like Randy Orton has a chance to lose the heavyweight title at Elimination Chamber 2014, the belief backstage is that he will retain the championship and defend it in the main event at Wrestlemania 30, where he is being rumored to drop the belt to Batista.
February 7, 2014
During a recent interview, Maxine revealed something very interesting that took place backstage in WWE. She stated that while she was working in the developmental program, she pitched an idea to management about her character and story line. About a day later, Maxine noticed that Aksana had been given that very gimmick that she had pitched to company officials.
October 31, 2014
Monday Night Raw was held in San Antonio last night. Since the event was so close to their home, Michelle McCool and Undertaker decided to pay a visit backstage to some of their friends in WWE. There were never any plans for either of them to make an appearance on television, especially since Undertaker is still on vacation mode physically. The two of them still maintain a close relationship with management.
October 28, 2014
There is some development in the bitter feud between WWE and CM Punk, it seems. When the former world heavyweight champion had his lawyers send a 22 page letter to the company about royalties, management responded by removing most of his products from their online store. Something might have changed backstage, as WWE is selling Punk merchandise again.
October 27, 2014
If Jeff Jarrett wants Global Force Wrestling to do well right off the bat, then he's going to need some familiar faces on the show. Though he has been gone from WWE for quite some time now, John Morrison remains a familiar face with wrestling fans. The two of them are booked for a match against one another at an independent wrestling show on December 6, and Morrison has acknowledged that they will be discussing some business backstage.
October 22, 2014
Rumors were floating around that Nick Dinsmore was given a release by WWE because of backstage politics as opposed to budget cost. Those rumors are gaining steam right now because the company is reportedly interested in hiring Adam Pearce as his replacement. The former NWA champion has been spotted at the performance center a couple of times already this month.
October 21, 2014
Now that their contracts with TNA have officially expired, there has been some contact between Team 3D and WWE. The two sides are discussing a potential return to the company. The move may come as a shock to certain fans because there was a widespread belief that Bully Ray and Devon were never going to be able to work in WWE ever again due to backstage heat. That apparently is not the case.
October 17, 2014
While the backstage heat between the two sides remains at a pretty high level, it does not appear that WWE will be giving a release to Rey Mysterio any time soon. Management has started to accept that the former world heavyweight champion will not be returning to work anytime soon, but they will not let him out of his contract to help another promotion out. WWE would rather just keep him on the sidelines for the time being, especially since Mysterio has reportedly stopped cashing in their checks.
October 15, 2014
Anyone that has watched WWE routinely over the last year has heard the audience chanting for CM Punk, who walked away from the company due to backstage heat with management. Those chants are especially loud whenever AJ Lee, his real life wife, is in the ring. During recently live events, Paige has decided to turn the tables around on the fans by actually responding to the chants. She reminds the audience that it is actually AJ in the ring and not Punk.
October 15, 2014
When Justin Roberts was given his release from WWE after Monday Night Raw ended, there were a good amount of people who were upset with the company for dropping him unceremoniously. Overwhelmed by the support, the announcer went online and asked fans not to be angry. He stated that he was able to live out his dream for several years. Roberts was one of the more well liked guys backstage because of his passion and enthusiasm for the business.
October 15, 2014
Shortly after he worked Monday Night Raw this week, WWE announced that they have decided to release Justin Roberts after a dozen years o service because they did not want to sign him to another contract. No word yet on why management is letting him go, but the news is probably not well received backstage since Roberts was viewed as one of the biggest wrestling fans in the company.
October 14, 2014
There were some backstage jokes at Bound For Glory 2014 that Mike Tenay was the agent for Kaz Hayashi. The two of them formed a bit of a bond when they were working in WCW together. When Wrestle-1 officials were trying to decide who to throw into the triple threat match with Low Ki and Samoa Joe, it was Tenay that convinced them to go with Hayashi. Japanese officials were said to be quite impressed that Tenay even knew who Hayashi was.
October 13, 2014
When reports surfaced that Nick Dinsmore was being released by WWE as a trainer, the belief was that it was for budgetary reasons. However, there are now rumors floating around that Dinsmore might have been the victim of backstage politics. No confirmation on the two different factions at odds, but word is that Dinsmore was on the wrong side of that battle.
October 10, 2014
While Stephanie McMahon recently took a jab at CM Punk on Monday Night Raw, WWE is doing their best to show restraint. There is a fear backstage that if they are overly criticial of the former world heavyweight champion, then it might motivate him to gain revenge by working for a competing company. With word that TNA is interested in Punk, it would not be a surprise if WWE kept quiet about him for the foreseeable future.
October 9, 2014
Management dedicates a lot of their creativity to events such as Royal Rumble 2015. With Randy Orton being penciled in for a baby face turn and a push, there are discussions going on backstage about having him do that at during the big battle royal. A potential story would have the former world heavyweight champion rebelling against the Authority and their wish to have Seth Rollins winning the match.
October 9, 2014
The backstage heat between Rey Mysterio and WWE continues to grow. The latest incident to add fuel to the fire took place recently when the popular masked performer showed up backstage at a Lucha Underground event, which is being funded by AAA. Photos of the visit surfaced on social media, but they were quickly taken down, in order to avoid legal ramifications for Mysterio.
October 9, 2014
While he has long maintained that he has no desires to leave WWE for Hollywood, John Cena is publicly expressing interest in expanding his horizons. The former heavyweight champion wants to show the audience that he can do comedic roles. The belief is that he might have been influenced by the massive success of the Rock and Batista over the last couple of years.
October 22, 2014
Despite a lot of critical wrestling fans predicting his failure in Hollywood, Batista is expanding his resume rather nicely. After the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, the former world heavyweight champion has cemented himself into the Marvel Universe, which is red hot right now in the industry. Now, Batista is joining the James Bond universe, where he is slated to portray a villainous henchman named Hinx.
October 13, 2014
WWE fans in Dallas had a chance to meet Batista this upcoming weekend at the ComicCon event. Unfortunately, though, that chance has been taken away. The former world heavyweight champion has been forced to cancel the appearance. The official reason given was that Batista had other commitments that came up. Refunds are being offered to those who purchased tickets specifically to see the Guardians of the Galaxy star.
October 8, 2014
One name that will definitely not be at Hell in a Cell 2014 is Batista. He will be busy next month doing a new movie with acting legend Robert De Niro. The two will star in a film called Bus 657, which will be centered around a heist. Batista will be playing a greedy character who helps his coworker rob a bank to pay for health treatments for his daughter.
September 25, 2014
Batista isn't the only former WWE star who has been signed to star in a movie sequel. It has now been revealed that Kevin Nash will be reprising his role as Tarzan in the upcoming Magic Mike 2 film. The first film, which stars Channing Tatum, was a surprising hit that made a lot more money than expected, so a sequel had been discussed for quite some time now.
September 24, 2014
In yet another sign that Batista might never return to WWE, the big guy is restructuring his contract with Marvel Studios. The company wants to pay him more money after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy. In addition to being signed for the sequel, Batista is also expected to be part of the cast of the third Avengers movie. With a whole lot more money in his pockets, the former world heavyweight champion may decide to retire from professional wrestling altogether.
September 9, 2014
Since his movie career has taken off thanks to the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, the widespread belief in the industry is that Batista is unlikely to return to WWE beyond a special appearance. During a recent interview, the former world heavyweight champion hinted that he would be a bit more inclined to return if management gave him more creative control over his character and story line.
September 2, 2014
A couple of years ago, there were quite a bit of rumors floating around that Batista and Bobby Lashley were set to fight one another at an MMA show. During a recent interview, Lashley revealed some details about that. The TNA champion stated that he had approached a promoter about making the fight happen. There was interest because of the potential draw of wrestling fans, but things never got to the point where there were serious discussions.
September 2, 2014
Due to his new found success in Hollywood, Batista is said to be holding all the cards when it comes to his career with WWE. Guardians of the Galaxy did extremely well, so he does not feel the need to return to professional wrestling. Rumors have surfaced that the former world heavyweight champion would only be interested in doing another match if it meant that he would receive a huge pay day at Wrestlemania 31.
August 31, 2014
WWE decisions are sometimes garbage, according to Batista. During a recent podcast interview with Chris Jericho, the former world heavyweight champion stated that he was disgusted by how the creative department utilized Daniel Bryan after he was put over at Wrestlemania 30. Batista felt that Bryan should have been allowed to sell the injuries from the previous night because it would have added to his lovable underdog character.
August 31, 2014
We have ourselves another sign that Batista might be putting WWE in his rear view mirror. During a podcast interview with Chris Jericho, the former world heavyweight champion openly bashed the method in which the company handled his return. Batista stated that he wished management would have given him the spotlight alone during his first night back. He also stated that WWE made a mistake by bringing him in as a baby face.
August 29, 2014
The value of the WWE audience has taken yet another hit. There is already a good amount of advertisers who are avoiding the company because they do not feel that the demographics is desirable. Reports are now surfacing that Marvel purposely declined to advertise their Guardians of the Galaxy movie to the WWE audience, even though Batista could have drawn in some of the fans to the film. Since the studio was not interested, WWE opted to avoid promoting the movie, even though it could have benefited them internally.
August 27, 2014
Initially, the belief was that Batista would make a return to WWE after he was done promoting Guardians of the Galaxy. However, reports are now surfacing that he could be completely done with professional wrestling. The belief is that the movie studios are against the idea of him risking injuries by being an in ring performer again. Batista could have no choice but to comply since he wants his career in Hollywood to keep growing.
August 26, 2014
Earlier this week, Batista revealed that he was willing to work with Titus ONeil because he wanted to help his friend become a star in WWE. As of right now, management does not appear interested in the idea. While they do want to appease Batista since he is building his name in Hollywood, they seem more interested in using him against other big name performers instead.
August 19, 2014
Since Batista is now openly talking about what retirement match he would like to do, the belief within the industry is that they would not be shocked if he were to leave WWE in the near future. The success of Guardians of the Galaxy and the signing of the sequel basically ensures that Batista will be involved with the Marvel Universe, which is really thriving now, for the next several years.
August 19, 2014