During a recent appearance on Lilian Garcia’s podcast, former WWE Champion “The Animal” Batista revealed why he wanted to put Triple H over before retiring.
Below is what Batista said:
“I felt like my career really got started when I started working with Triple H. I never have been around the bush about it, Hunter made me a star. He put a lot of stock into me. He invested a lot into me and put himself on the line physically for me.
Not only did he put me over three times clean in the ring to make me a star, but also took the time to have me ride with him and have me pick his brain. He just groomed me to be a star in that company, so I wanted to finish out my career for him by just saying thank you to go out laying on my back for the guy.
That is what I have always believed. It is the old school belief that I have, when you go out you go out on your back. If you go out and build a star do that, and obviously Hunter is already a star, but I wanted my last match to be with him on my back, because that is literally the only way that I can thank him.”
Batista then revealed how Triple H worked really hard to get this match done despite being injured:
“When I was leaving [SmackDown 1000] and was leaving Washington D.C that night to go back to Toronto, Canada, Hunter told me ‘get in shape motherf***er’ and I knew it was going to happen.
He hit me up I believe a month later and said that he tore his pec, it was just meant not to be, and I just didn’t think it was going to happen. Not even a couple of months later, he told me that he was going to be healed up by WrestleMania and asked me if I still wanted to do it. I said that I did want to do it, but he was cutting it close. I think he was just cleared to start working out a couple of weeks ago. He put it all on the line to give me this.
I am 50 now, he’s going to be 50 in a couple of months and I believe he is on the same page with me. He is starting to get injured here and there over simple things and we have evolved to do other things. And our careers have evolved and neither of us want to fall apart in front of the fans’ eyes. Nobody wants to see that.”
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