Batista: ‘I Told WWE I Should Have Been A Heel!’


Batista recently spoke with the Washington Post about the reaction of crowds since his return and more. Check out the highlights:

On his babyface return going south: “They told me that I was going to come back and be this huge babyface. I said, ‘no, it’s not going to work.’ They said, ‘no way, they’re dying for you to come back.’ I said, ‘that’s going to last two minutes, just watch.’ And sure enough it did.”

On fans hijacking shows: “They used to want to interact with the show. But now the crowd almost wants to be the show. Well, if you wanna be the show, take your a– to wrestling school, just like I did, just like everybody else here who is busting their a– and actually become part of the show! Don’t just sit in the audience and try to randomly steal the show.”

Batista & his girlfriend at WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans, LA!

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  1. If I spend $100 to see ANYTHING at an arena, I’m going to yell whatever the f*** I want. Do you hear Kobe Bryant b****ing that the fans are yelling the wrong thing?

    • Basketball has NOTHING to do with the fans – or any REAL sport for that matter. There’s a relationship with the audience in wrestling – big difference. And he’s right – hijacking is totally different from regular interacting. EXACTLY what he said – you wanna be the show, take your ass to wrestling school and walk down the ramp otherwise show some respect. THAT’S what it’s about – the lack of respect (really just in society in general)…

      • Part of wrestling is about eliciting an emotional reaction from the crowd. The crowd is giving an emotional reaction to the wrestlers and storylines. If the WWE doesn’t like the reaction from the crowd, then perhaps it needs to re-evaluate the wrestlers and the storylines. The fans have paid for an experience and if the experience isn’t of quality, then they can, within reason, let the WWE know. Have the fans gone overboard? No. For the most part they’ve been chanting “Yes” or “No” and maybe a few other words, but mostly nothing disrespectful from what we can hear. And some of that chanting is just the emotional reaction that the WWE seeks from their product. So it is what it is..the WWE doing their job to get a reaction and the fans reacting. To be it seems as if the crowd is a better evaluation of the direction that storylines should go then the WWE creative team is.

  2. Hijacking is not a good word for the way fans have behaved at WWE shows. They don’t physically get into the ring or the announcer’s tables and forcefully run the show. They are just very much into wrestling and wanna participate more than ever. I see nothing wrong with this. There is no fanatical violence involved, and people are generally well behaved. So what if they voice their opinions more than wrestlers are used to. They should. It’s called being part of the show. The 10th man in baseball, 11th man in football, if you will. A lively crowd is good for guys like Batista. It puts more money in their pockets.

  3. I love the fact that the crowds are so vocal at the minute, a few years back the crowd often seemed flat and not that into it more often than not, they still have a way to go to get back to the consistently raucous crowds of the Attitude Era though.


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