In what was billed as an in-ring career threatening match, Dave Bautista (known as Batista in the ring) returned to the WWE looking to end the wrestling career of the man who once took him under his wing, Triple H. Bautista went as far attacking the legendary Ric Flair in order to coax Triple H into fighting him, with Triple H’s career on the line in a No Hold Barred match at WrestleMania. Things got intense as the two traded rage-filled, verbal barbs leading up to the big event last night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Now, of course, this was all storyline. There is no actual hatred between the two in real life. Bautista and Triple H did exactly what veteran performers in the WWE do: sell it. Build the drama, make it look believable, and deliver with an intense, sometimes violent, match up. However, given the stipulation, many wondered if this would actually be Triple H’s final match in a WWE ring—giving up the in-ring action for good and remaining only the Executive Vice-President of Talent, Live Events and Creative for the company.
This wasn’t the case as Triple H won his match over Bautista, squashing the idea of his retirement (it is a tradition in the WWE that a wrestler lose his last match ever, referred to as “doing the honors”). Yet, it turns out this match was still actually the final match for one of its superstars, just not the one everyone expected. On Monday, Bautista posted this on his Instagram account:
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To all the @wwe fans across the world that gave me the opportunity to suspend your disbelief, thank you. From the biggest part of my heart thank you for letting me entertain you. Tonight was my story book ending and I wanted to leave you with all I had to give. I’ll miss this theater of violence more than I can express in words but I am officially retiring from Sports Entertainment. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, I leave in great health, and without a doubt the show will go on. I had a hell of a run. Thank you for the journey ✌🏼#dreamchaser #wrestlemania35
Given the amount of projects Bautista has releasing this year, including Avengers: Endgame and starring opposite Kumail Nanjiani in Stuber, Bautista looks to be putting his film work at the top of his list of priorities. He gave his all in the WWE, winning multiple championships and becoming one of the top names in the business during his prime. It’s clear he is gracious and humbled by the support of the WWE universe, and he in turn succeeded in giving them one last big performance—opposite arguably one of the best in the business—as his send off.
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