WWE legend Dave Bautista has revealed that his induction into the WWE Hall Of Fame has been postponed to a future ceremony.
Batista broke the news on social media on Tuesday, March 23.
“To the WWE Universe Unfortunately due to previous obligations I am unable to be a part of the [WWE Hall of Fame] this year. By my request they have agreed to induct me at a future ceremony where I’ll be able to properly thank the fans and people who made my career possible,” he tweeted.
“The Animal” was initially scheduled to be inducted at last year’s ceremony alongside The Bella Twins, nWo, JBL, British Bulldog and Jushin “Thunder” Liger, but the event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Batista was one of the fastest rising stars ever in WWE with an incredible list of accolades,” Triple H was quoted as saying in a press release when Batista’s induction was originally announced.
Xavier Woods tweeted after the announcement suggesting D’Von Dudley induct Dave. “People saying Flair, HHH, Randy, etc should induct [Dave Bautista] into the HOF. But y’all are missing the point, RESPECT [D’Von Dudley],” he wrote.
“I owe a lot to all those names mentioned and many more but for personal reasons I’ve personally requested that [Fit Finlay] induct me into the #WWEHOF,” Bautista replied. “I’m sure that anyone who knows Fit Finlay will not question my request.”
The 2021 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will stream Tuesday, April 6 exclusively on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.
To the @WWEUniverse Unfortunately due to previous obligations I am unable to be a part of the @WWE #HOF this year. By my request they have agreed to induct me at a future ceremony where I’ll be able to properly thank the fans and people who made my career possible🙏🏼 #DreamChaser
— The Artist Formerly Known as Super Duper Dave (@DaveBautista) March 23, 2021