Batista Pulled From Advertising For WWE Live Event In Las Vegas, Update On Second Reported Appearance

The time frame for Batista’s reported return to WWE is no longer clear.

UNLVTickets.com, the official ticketing company for the Las Vegas-based Thomas & Mack Center, is no longer advertising “The Animal” for WWE’s scheduled non-televised event at the venue on Sunday, February 16, 2014. A graphic featuring the six-time world champion was also removed.

On Friday evening, the ticketing company prematurely revealed that Batista would be returning to WWE for the show in the following promotional message: “WWE’s Road to Wrestlemania will make a stop at Las Vegas’ Thomas and Mack Center on Sunday, February 16. Don’t miss your favorite WWE Superstars including: CM Punk, The Shield, Big Show, Kane, the WWE Divas and much more! Plus, see the special return of “The Animal” Batista, LIVE!”

Sources within the company confirmed to PWInsider.com that while the 44-year-old is coming back, it was meant to be kept as a surprise.

This was not the only advertising miscue as Jeramie McPeek, Vice President of Digital Operations for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, revealed on Twitter Friday night that Batista would appear at another non-televised event; scheduled for Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The message was quickly deleted.

Batista had been contemplating a return to WWE since last spring, but his acting schedule prevented him from making a commitment until recently. He claimed in subsequent media interviews that he left the company in 2010 due to unhappiness with the family-friendly product.

  • The Gassed Part Timer

    This will probably come off as the typical internet fan opinion, but I’ll be honest…

    Am I entertained by seeing all of these guys from the past like Rock, Batista, Lesnar, Undertaker, Jericho, etc. yeah, of course, but as long as the WWE views them as bigger draws than their current roster so will their audience. While of course nobody on their current roster is as big of a draw as these guys from the past, they will never be able to ascend to that level if the WWE doesn’t bite the bullet and have a Wrestlemania full of only current guys. Will they take a hit? Yeah, it’s a definite risk financially speaking, but it’s a risk they need to take as a company because right now it feels like everyone except for Cena is just holding a place until Mania.

    All of these guys are just temporary solutions. The WWE needs to think long term.

    • Bodacious Bob

      Punk (though he’s getting older) The Shield, Wyatt, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Ziggler. These are most certainly long term guys. I’m actually surprised they have a lot of young talent. Back in 02′ i would’ve said WWE would be dead. But then Cena, Orton, Batista etc came. WWE will always have guys ready to lead the next generation.

    • SOBI

      I understand what you’re trying to say and yeah they should look for the future but Having a WM with only new guys is very risky for business.
      The Transition from one generation to another should be slow and smooth
      and rather than not having old guys at Mania the future will begin if Old guys appear at Mania but to put over younger talent and not necessarily win.
      the good thing is that wwe has now made some stars like Bryan and Punk. but after these guys guys like Sheamus,ADR,Big E ,shield etc are upper midcard at best (For now atleast) so they need to make at least 4 to 5 big time main event players for whom the crowd goes wild whether Heel or Face , then may be they could have a WM without the old guys.

  • fabian

    This is awesome. Always liked Batista. Always came off as a legit ass kicker a true powerhouse, looking forward to the possible feuds.