Dave Bautista in Talks with WWE for WrestleMania 35 Match, But …

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Pro Wrestling Sheet has learned Dave Bautista is in talks with WWE for a match at WrestleMania 35, but it’s not set in stone yet … and another company is expressing interest. 

According to multiple sources, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star is deep in talks with WWE about a return on “The Grandest Stage of Them All.”

However, we’re told he’s 50/50 on returning at this point based on how talks have gone. 

In addition to this, we’re told there’s been interest expressed to Dave from All Elite Wrestling and he isn’t turning them away. Our sources say he’s listening to what both companies have to offer.

For those unfamiliar, AEW is the new company started by the billionaire Khan family with Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks serving as Executive Vice Presidents. Chris Jericho is also signed to the company and it’s rumored a TV deal is on the horizon.

As you may recall … Dave last made a WWE appearance in October during SmackDown 1000’s Evolution reunion. The segment ended with a tease for a future match between Batista and Triple H. The next month, however, Triple H got injured at WWE Crown Jewel. 

The WWE Exec has since been cleared to train again though, as he revealed on a media call. 

Do you want to see The Game vs. The Animal at WM35 or would you like to see Dave Bautista make an appearance at Double or Nothing? Sound off in the comments below. 

86 Comments on "Dave Bautista in Talks with WWE for WrestleMania 35 Match, But …"

  1. Buddi also Tonik is a bitch | February 11, 2019 at 10:58 am | Reply

    Go to WWE if he wrestlers for AEW people won’t even know or care cause they don’t have a network.

    • AEW has 2 strong TV offers on the table right now. Don’t confuse them with what Impact Wrestling has now. AEW’s weekly show will have a highly distributed home in the U.S.

      • Tna is in Llama Trauma | February 11, 2019 at 11:39 am | Reply

        What tv channels are making those offers?


        • “Exactly”?! Don’t say that before I even have a chance to answer you. And no, I won’t be quiet. Let’s just say that its outlet appears to have more subscribers than Pop has.

          • Yeah right. Rumors are created to create some buzz and for that buzz to spread. That’s all the so-called elite bunch is good at is rumors and buzz. Oh and countdown clocks, they love those.

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 9:21 am |

            U still havent given us a network yet so u need to relax buddy
            Get off aew dick it’s not even a thing yet

            And just bcoz u dont like wwe doesn’t make aew the next big thing

          • Before I address this TV situation, let me tell you something off rip. You don’t know me anywhere near well enough to say who’s “dick” I’m on or what I don’t like. I watch WWE and plenty of other pro wrestling promotions (Impact, NJPW, MLW, ROH, etc.), so feel free to miss me with that foolishness. I’ll relax on my own timetable, not yours. Find somebody to play with because I’m not the one.

            I wouldn’t have a confirmed station to give you because AEW and its people haven’t done it themselves. Even Chris Jericho has seen the deals on the table and saw how viable they were (part of his reason for working there), but wouldn’t name names. Warner Media outlets TNT and TBS have been mentioned frequently as being in the running, which has been widely reported by pro wrestling media for over a month. Google it if you think I’m lying.

          • AustinFan4Life | February 13, 2019 at 4:37 am |

            Lol he asked u what TV channels they are and there is none
            It’s all rumor so he said exactly
            And u got heated and said that he didnt gjve u a chance to answer
            The fact is u camt answer bcoz there is no offer
            I know what networks have been mentioned as does everybody.
            That’s still rumor so my point is valid
            So dont get all hyped up ok u said there is 2 offers
            Now you say u cant confirm it.
            So then my point again is valid
            U need to relax Its not foolishness many people are on aew dick bcoz they think its gonna be wcw all over again
            And maybe it will be good, maybe not…
            The point is nobody knows..
            Neither do u
            So chill out

          • I stand by what I said 100% and I won’t chill. If you have a problem with what I said, that’s on you. AEW won’t start doing weekly TV until October and it’s a matter of when, not if, this gets announced (maybe in late summer/early fall due to AEW’s full launch not being scheduled until September’s All Out PPV). If Jericho required a strong media deal to jump there, these reports didn’t come from out of nowhere like an RKO.

          • AustinFan4Life | February 13, 2019 at 4:53 am |

            I cant lie I popped for the RKO comment

          • AustinFan4Life | February 13, 2019 at 4:56 am |

            And I know they will get tv eventually
            My point was it is not confirmed and people are too hyped up on this company
            Especially considering u got wrestlers as exec’s
            That works great usually
            Cough cough Kevin Nash,
            Vern Gagne, Jerry Lawler and Fritz von Erich looool

            I want them to succeed
            But if I see cody or the bucks make themselves champions I’m done
            They need to make it a strong alternative
            And right now it just looks like a TV indy show so far

            And for the record i dont think wwe is bad just wwe raw is really bad and 205 the rest in my opinion is great better then ever even
            Or close to it

        • It’s actually being heavily rumored that its a turner owned network that they are leaning towards. But as of right now you are correct when saying no network

        • TBS, TNT for starters

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 9:22 am |

            That’s a rumor
            No evidence or proof so move along

          • Jeff Randall | February 12, 2019 at 9:25 am |

            Smoke weed please.

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 9:52 am |

            Lol sure idiot that’s still no proof or evidence so ok
            I’ll go smoke weed while u make up lies on the internet
            Get off aew dick dude
            Just bcoz u dont like wwe doesnt make aew good they’re nothing yet
            So go wipe your mouth and stop sucking aew off hahahahha

          • Smoke lots of weed… please…

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 10:05 am |

            Uhm… ok, still no proof just rumor… nice try!!!

          • You’re an angry and presumptuous person.

          • I didn’t realize other Wwe fans were so angry and toxic…sad…so much good wrestling out there, including WWE..it’s like only liking one type of cookie…lol cursing and spitting while you type…lighten up… wrestling is supposed to be fun.

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 10:28 am |

            U must be the one who Is high lol
            I’m not mad hence the laughter
            I’m just sick of people thinking aew is the beat thing since sliced bread when they dont even have TV

            And all I did was tell u there was no proof to what u were saying and u insulted me…
            So news flash your the toxic one..
            Also your right its very sad
            Now move along child!

          • And that’s denial…maybe stop watching all together… you’re a little too invested in other people’s companies…and I’m not a lawyer, I don’t need proof…and you presumed a lot while you were foaming at the mouth…please don’t watch anymore, for the people that enjoy pro wrestling…it’s the un-selfish move at this point…save some face you know?

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 10:34 am |

            Are u drunk????

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 10:35 am |

            U cant just go saying people have TV deals of it’s not true I dont care if your a lawyer or just makes u a liar
            So now your a liar and a drunk
            Go have another brewski u ignorant american

          • I know when I’ve been beaten…enjoy carrying that giant anchor behind you for the rest of your life…it’s called anger. Good luck…and watch some wrestling…it’s really cool.

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 10:39 am |

            Jesus are u still here?!
            Sweetheart u dont even make sence
            Are u still a kid
            Ye u must be a kid
            Sorry I dont want to argue with little girls
            U take care

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 9:53 am |

            P.s I live in Canada weed is legal so I will smoke some thanks jhonny jackass

      • Buddi also Tonik is a bitch | February 11, 2019 at 11:46 am | Reply

        Really? What are they? What proof if any do you have outside of your word? Ass Elite is nothing more than a t-shirt company, that on occasion does pool parties and pep rallies.

        • I think when all is said and done we will have a descent sized alternative it won’t be another Monday night war never going to happen again but we can have an alternative just big enough to push wwe and that all I want competition so Vince will try and care

          • Buddi also Tonik is a bitch | February 11, 2019 at 12:29 pm |

            TNA was WWE last threat, and Ass Elite doesn’t even have the talent TNA had then, nor network.

          • Look man I want the product to do well and you should also because that means Vince has to try and we get better products and also what if they get a tv deal on tbs or tnt I’m just saying hypothetically what if that happens

          • Buddi also Tonik is a bitch | February 11, 2019 at 12:46 pm |

            Doubt that will ever happen, but hypothetically people will tune in to watch a few episodes and then will check out. Ass Elite only appeals to its hardcore fans, not casuals.

          • wwe is bleeding casuals also makes me wonder what state American wrestling will be at in 5+ years

          • Buddi also Tonik is a bitch | February 11, 2019 at 2:47 pm |

            Honestly, WWE will still around, AEw would have purchased Impact, ROH attendance will dwindle along with WWE’s. aEw will probably just be getting by

          • We don’t know that tho like aew could do well and impact is in the black right now making money wwe is doing eh might have to scale back a bit

          • Gerald Harris | February 12, 2019 at 4:37 am |

            You’re definitely wrong impact is generating revenue but has not yet to turn a profit under the new era check your sources again they are only breaking even at this point

          • David Meichner | February 11, 2019 at 4:01 pm |

            Watching WWE isn’t an option for me except a Brock match but I’ll watch AEW if it’s different.

          • I don’t like most Brock matches

          • David Meichner | February 12, 2019 at 3:36 am |

            I don’t really like the matches lately either but I hope for a surprise since Brock is capable.

          • His Bryan,styles and samoa joe matches were good

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 9:24 am |

            Bryan and styles yes not so much soma Joe hahaha

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 9:24 am |

            Brock will never have a good match he camt even wrestle anymore all he does is throw people and break there heads with elbows
            Oh ye great champion hahahaha

          • His matches with styles Bryan and Samoa Joe I liked

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 9:23 am |

            So u hate wwe but u like brock matches?? Lmaooo sure

          • David Meichner | February 12, 2019 at 11:09 am |

            Not recent Brock matches as much as Brock. I’m hoping Brock is just being asked to tone it down. The WWE’s programming requires too much of a suspension of disbelief for me including The Man character, based on what I’ve seen in YouTube snippets. Cartoonesque without personalities to redeem it. If Rousey were The Man more passable. I like Rousey’s athleticism but is akin to Andre the Giant in that division.

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 11:20 am |

            I hear u and to be honest I havent watched a full episode of raw or smackdown in years.
            But I like the Becky lynch stuff up until last night it got really dumb

            I hate brock lesnar as champion!!!
            Take the belt off him and im ok.
            But everytime someone had a chance to get over 50 50 booking ruins it like last night again..
            I hope aew is good bcoz it will make wwe change but I’m not counting on aew being anything more then wcw or tna turned out to be… 
            I hope that im wrong for the industry’s sake

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 11:22 am |

            I had a comment written out but they blocked it bcoz I said I love another good wrestling place
            Called f..i.. g..h..t..f..u..l..

            Hahaha that’s so funny

          • David Meichner | February 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm |

            I agree with you about Brock as champion esp. since part-time, but I think they think they need someone of Brock’s status for a champion. I don’t know why they didn’t choose to just turn up the heat as concerns Becky and WM instead of hurting Becky’s character unless they are planning some sort of shoot promo.

            I’m hoping AEW is very competitive so that WWE wakes up and maybe goes private.

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 7:40 pm |

            Ok I heard from a reputable source that Charlotte is added to the wrestlemania main even because Ronda is confirmed leaving (by backstage personell only) for a break after wrestlemania until around survivor series.
            So they want charlotte vs ronda and cant get it so they will add. her
            I get it, i dont like it

            P.S Becky should be literally stone cold stunning people hahahaha
            Just once please

          • David Meichner | February 12, 2019 at 8:32 pm |

            The only time I saw something similar to what happened to Becky was when the NWO had Piper declare Hogan the true idol, and I don’t remember Piper doing anything until the WWE tag win with Flair in WWE years later. So something has to develop next week?

          • AustinFan4Life | February 12, 2019 at 8:36 pm |

            I hope so too
            But I dont count on it lol

          • David Meichner | February 12, 2019 at 1:15 pm |

            I think AEW’s owner may decide to take a Turner/Bischoff approach, so WWE will have to update.

      • Terrance S Ellington | February 11, 2019 at 1:01 pm | Reply

        Thier weekly show the way night dynomite wint hit til October wrestlemania is April. Aew next plc event in May ..i doubt Batista going there

        • I don’t see Batista going there, either, but you never know. AEW also has events in Jacksonville and either in or near Chicago this year. The weekly show debuting in October makes sense for obvious reasons. No need to announce TND’s American and international TV partners until the summer.

      • Also everyone in all elite wrestling is immature they need to learn to grow the fuck up

      • Do they though? Just rumors like all the other bullcrap

        • Taking into account the reports circulating about these deals being the strongest non-WWE deals since WCW folded, yes. Keep in mind that Chris Jericho said he wouldn’t have jumped to AEW if it didn’t have a strong TV deal.

  2. Michael Karlson | February 11, 2019 at 11:44 am | Reply

    Nope. I would like to never see another 20 minute over the top HHH entrance or another burial by him ever again.

  3. As someone who hasn’t watched wrestling in a long time because now it’s soap operas in Tights I hope aew does do good could maybe they’ll be finally some competition and WWE will get off his lazy ass… ever since Vince bought WCW Wrestling is going downhill no reason to be good when you have no competition

  4. Given how creatively stifled he felt in WWE, I would still suspect it’s a longshot given his sense of loyalty, but wouldn’t write off the possibility altogether. I’d avoid WWE like the plague at this point.

  5. Michael D Liles | February 11, 2019 at 12:17 pm | Reply

    No, it will just take away from the current superstars. Tired of all the wrestlers that are retired, out making movies or just not in the WWE anymore who come in for a one shot deal. if your retired stay retired, or come back for six months to a year not just a one shot deal.

    • It’s a 5 hour+ show, there isn’t room? And it also brings in a lot of fans who otherwise wouldn’t be watching and allows those current superstars to get more exposure. This is how it has always been done.

  6. Who cares either way?

  7. Philip Fischer | February 11, 2019 at 1:37 pm | Reply

    there’s a certain amount of people that belong in the WWE Batista is one of them. Randy Orton is another. The fabric of the WWE is tightly knit and they have to hold things together. John Cena is still yet another even though he is doing movies right now and so is A few others. But these are the people that hold the company together and if they leave you have a big void and the question is who would fill that void so there you have it. It takes a long time to build a superstar. And to become a fan favorite. AJ Styles he is a fan favorite and he is part of that fabric and also the shield whether they are together or not they are still part of that fabric that has been woven over the years. And there are others out there Daniel Bryan a few others just to mention a few more names but without them the WWE has to go searching to find somebody to fill the voids and it takes awhile for the fans to really get close to these people and understand them.

    • Will you stop…

      ~ Gorilla Monsoon

    • Black Bullet Ultra | February 11, 2019 at 4:35 pm | Reply

      If the booking was good, WWE would have no problem at all keeping their talent. When talent leave, they have no one to blame, but themselves.

    • I’m really not worried bc about anyone leaving I believe the wrestlers are afraid to jump ship being that they know the consequences and the wrath of Vince and that last run 20 years from now would be in jeopardy

  8. I don’t really see why people always want to throw wwe out there like it’s the only company out there besides it really doesn’t matter where bautista goes whether it’s a full run in the wwe or not he’ll eventually quit like his character always does. And second of all the wwe isn’t the largest thing out there anymore. So just be a fan and accept for what’s out there. It gets old really fast when people say a new company will be bought out by the wwe by next year the only reason why the wwe is a house hold name is because of the competition look at the rosters majority of their entertainers are from other companies the WWE didn’t make those individuals careers the companies they came from did.

  9. Julian E J'Money Fairbanks | February 11, 2019 at 5:37 pm | Reply

    All the above!

  10. Please no Batista vs Triple H match at Wrestlemania. Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar is bad enough

  11. Audie Blackwell | February 11, 2019 at 8:30 pm | Reply

    He needs to stay away from Wrestling. As a lifelong wrestling fan, I am tired of hearing “it’s not going my way! I QUIT!! Boo freakin hoo!

  12. I believe it would be a good match for wrestlemania 35 have Dave Batista face off against triple H . but with the WWE known for not really listening to what the fans what and for dragging there feet on making good matches it probialy just won’t happen. As for AEW BEING interested in Batista ? Well that would ya think that maybe the WWE take notice and help them makeing there mind up about the possible match at mania 35 and you would also think they wouldn’t wanna loose Dave cause the fear he could help them put a real hurting on Vince and the WWE ? So I guess it’s just now a wait and watch and see who has the ace in there hand to bring Batista over to them

  13. For those of you who think aew is the 2nd coming of WCW might as well take yourself to suplex city wrestling just isn’t as popular as it was 20 years ago and it’s not about the wrestling anymore it’s about notoriety and only reason wwe got the fox deal is because thier an house hold name but they only have a niche audience history has told us just because u have a money mark first mean you’re going to draw and you wanna talk about networks like who the ? TNT aew won’t stand a chance on those networks it’s not this thing called the NBA which is highly popular this will just be another tna remember dixiD Carter had a check book as well .

  14. AEW will get a TV deal, and whoever said their wrestlers are young and inexperienced… Lol Most have 10 yrs under their belts.

  15. I believe AEW will succeed, this isn’t a young frat party. These guys have many many years experience in wrestling.

  16. Here we go-so and so posed for a pic w/ such and such, so and so posted this on Twitter they must be going to AEW rumors again. Maybe idk Batista and Y2J are friends, doing a podcast interview, numerous other things before immediately saying oh its AEW related. This speculation sometimes is getting out of hand sometimes

  17. AustinFan4Life | February 13, 2019 at 4:43 am | Reply

    Wwe is not a bad product people..
    please dont tell me someone else is approving smackdown content!
    Its vince just like on Raw…
    People need to realize everyone asking for releases is from raw and 205 live..
    Nobody from smackdown nxt or nxt uk have been upset underused or asked to be let go.. om underused yes of course but not to the point where they want to leave aside from maybe dillinger…
    (Who cares) lol
    I think its important to rememeber that when everyone is so hyped about aew

    Sure are may beat raw
    but it will never beat the other 3 brands that are hot, also under the wwe umbrella mind you….
    People forget sometimes bcoz raw is the quote end quote “A” show
    But the other brands excluding 205 are amazing

    Am I wrong
    I welcome anybody’s opinion
    Thanks for your time

  18. For those of you that think aew is going to take it to wwe. Wtf are you thinking? Chris Jericho is the “big star” they signed, in the later part of his wwe career he was a mid carder. Also the members of the elite, nobody knows who they are outside of the Indy fans. Nobody can compare this company to WCW or even tna when it comes to name value talent.

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