The day after losing a No Holds Barred match to Triple H inside MetLife Stadium at WrestleMania 35, Batista decided to announce that he was retiring from wrestling with immediate effect.
Speaking to fellow former World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho on the Talk is Jericho Podcast, Batista revealed how he pestered Mr. McMahon about having a retirement match while both men were in hospital about to have respective operations.
Batista revealed that upon hearing that he and Vince were going to have surgery at the same time, he thought it would be the perfect opportunity to pitch a retirement match to WWE’s Chairman.
“I kept bugging Vince for it. I actually bugged him about it, I saw him we were both having surgery. I had like a hamstring repair a few years back and he was down getting I think his knee repaired. I talked to him about it and he said he was gonna call and he never called and I ended up talking to Hunter later about it and I was a little upset, you know because I told him this match, what about this match at Mania?”
Batista noted that McMahon had already been given mind-altering medication at this point, and as such does not remember speaking to “The Animal”:
“I asked Hunter about it and he said Vince didn’t remember the conversation which is fair because he may have been on something because he just had surgery, but then there was another time before that when they were gonna do something on another pay-per-view when they had Stone Cold, Mick Foley, and Shawn Michaels come out and they may have done something with The New Day or I can’t remember what it was. Originally it was supposed to be me and not Mick and I said, ‘I don’t think so man, that doesn’t sound like what I want.’ Hunter was there and I said, ‘When are we gonna start talking about me and Hunter at Mania?’ Again, Vince was like, ‘Yeah, yeah we’re thinking about it, we’ll talk about it’ they just never showed any interest in it.”
Batista then recalled how his final feud with Triple H started:
“So the SmackDown 1000 was when it started. Originally I wasn’t invited back to the SmackDown 1000. So I was asked about it on Twitter and I said, ‘Yeah, I wasn’t invited, shocker,’ so a couple of weeks before [the show] and the very next day after I tweeted that I got a call from guess who? [laughs]”
This comes after Batista recently revealed that he actually tried to convince The Undertaker to pull out of his scheduled match with Goldberg at WWE Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia.