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Batista criticizes WWE’s creative direction

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Batista is a bonafide Hollywood star, but he had one last run in WWE when he faced off against Triple H at Wrestlemania 35. He has retired from wrestling since then.

He spoke Wrestling Sheet Radio, where he talked about WWE’s creative direction. He had nothing good to say about it during his final run in the company and since then it has gotten progressively worse.

Batista discussed something Chris Jericho had once mentioned and that John Cena is the last superstar who managed to get where he is in the old fashioned way. Owing to WWE’s current creative process, that is impossible now for other superstars. This is because current performers are highly restricted and cannot go to war like superstars from Batista’s time could.

He said they do not have a clear vision or a long-term vision. Everything is just week-to-week and it does not seem like they stick to a plan much at all.

Batista added how back in the day, performers would beat the crap out of each other and that earned a level of respect from people. It was like a different level of respect and a different level of getting over. They simply have more freedom back in those days.

While the PG era has proved to be financially beneficial for WWE, the superstars are still limited in what they can do and this has led to a lot of frustration.


  • Soulshroude

    So I’ve read.. there’s much more to come between now and AEW’s television debut and I’m sure, plenty after that fact… yeah.

  • The Random Reader

    He already made his complaint box several years ago, some others in the company do too

  • Keith Learmonth

    That’s fair. I’ll concede that point happily.

  • CC

    I’d say Benoit still got where he was through talent rather than beating the crap out of people. He might very well have been stiffer than some, but his technical ability was second to none.

  • Keith Learmonth

    There has been a few guys who got to the top more on pure physicality, but they’re definitely rare exceptions, like Benoit, who’s character was basically “He doesn’t have a gimmick”, but seeing as he’s like, the only one I can think of, I’d say you’re right on the money, honestly.

  • Keith Learmonth

    What I find interesting though, is that when WWE -did- have long term plans, everyone hated it ’cause it made it too predictable that they’d build the company around the same guy, over and over.

    Damned if they do, damned if they don’t, I suppose.

  • CC

    Is he really trying to say that people got over by “beating the crap out of eachother”?
    That really is not how people got over in the “old way”. The likes of Austin and The Rock got themselves over with their characters, and the fact they put on great matches.
    Same could be said for more recent stars like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins and even AJ Styles.

    Beating the crap out of eachother has never been a way to get to the top.

    Cena got there because WWE wanted him there, simple as that.

  • StoneColdBeckyLynch

    It wouldn’t be the case if Vince could maybe pull his head out of his ass ya know

  • Soulshroude

    Seems Dave is the next to put his note into the “complaint box”. I’m sure he won’t be the last. Where’s Chad Vader when we need him!?

  • The Random Reader

    Back in 2015, while he was promoting his movie 007 Spectre, Dave Batista during his interview with Chris Van Vliet, said that The Rock gave him advice before he returned to WWE in 2014, and says that WWE is a quicksand, your not trapped there, but you have to stay strong and stand your ground because WWE is very controlling and they are not an easy company to deal with. Hearing Jon Moxley’s interview with Chris Jericho proves Dave Batista’s point