The Rock’s sensational return to Friday Night SmackDown left the WWE Universe in awe, and with John Cena also making a comeback due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, fans are now eagerly speculating if another wrestling-turned-actor, Batista, might grace the WWE ring once more.
The ongoing Hollywood strike has had an unexpected silver lining for WWE enthusiasts. John Cena’s return to WWE, initially for one appearance, has turned into a longer-term commitment, including the possibility of wrestling several matches.
This week’s Friday Night SmackDown was nothing short of historic, with The Rock’s surprise appearance electrifying the crowd in Denver. Fans hailed it as one of the standout episodes of SmackDown in recent memory.
The Batista Question: Will ‘The Animal’ Make His Return?
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While The Rock and John Cena have rekindled their WWE ties thanks to the SAG-AFTRA strike, Batista’s wrestling future remains a question mark. His last WWE appearance was at WrestleMania 35, where he faced Triple H in a No Holds Barred match, subsequently announcing his retirement.
During an interview with ET Canada, as reported by The Sportster, Batista addressed the possibility of returning to WWE. He noted that his schedule was open and left the door to a comeback in the hands of WWE’s Chief Content Officer, Triple H.
While seemingly ruling out a full-fledged match, Batista expressed openness to a segment or special moment if his former Evolution ally had an intriguing concept in mind.
“I had retired, yes, I had my retirement match against my mentor, my buddy Triple H, and it was perfect… But right now, my schedule is open, and if [Triple H] calls me and has something in mind, a segment, a moment, sure, we could do something.”*
The Rock’s Future in WWE: Will He Return to the Ring?
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The Ball Arena in Denver erupted with excitement as The Rock made his unexpected WWE return. Although he didn’t hint at any matches, he did deliver his signature People’s Elbow to Austin Theory following a captivating exchange.
With his comeback generating immense buzz, the WWE Universe is naturally curious about whether The Rock will step into the ring again. Hours before his SmackDown return, he appeared on the Pat McAfee Show and revealed that a match with Roman Reigns was originally planned for WrestleMania 39 but didn’t materialize.
The legend also disclosed his openness to a match at WrestleMania XL in Philadelphia. While no official update has emerged yet, the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike might keep the door open for a few more weeks. With the Grandest Stage of Them All on the horizon, WWE might have something electrifying in store for The Rock.