Looking for a little downtime after running the publicity gauntlet for his hit movie Guardians of the Galaxy, Dave Bautista has landed back home in Tampa, Florida. But there's no rest for the star of the #1 movie in the world, and even as he tries to "be at home, under my rock, in my normal, everyday life", the press comes calling.
This time it's Tampa Bay Times movie critic Steve Persall. Their discussion came out on the paper's web site today, and while it covers many of the same items we've heard Dave asked and answer over the last few weeks, Bautista did add a new wrinkle when discussing his relationship with WWE.
When discussing his leaving the company and pro wrestling for his Hollywood job, The Animal says that he was not on the same page with Creative during his time there earlier this year:
I put it aside for now, and that really had a lot to do with my obligations to Marvel, but it also had to do with the fact that (the WWE and I) weren't seeing eye-to-eye, creatively. The stuff they were doing with story lines just didn't make sense to me.
It's been a foregone conclusion that the man known as Batista on Raw and Smackdown would be back on WWE television as soon as possible, but in talking to Persall, he makes it sound like they might have some issues to iron out first:
... I'd love to go back. I'm a professional wrestler at heart and I miss it. But I want to be there and be happy with what I'm doing.
Could this have to do with WWE pushing him as a babyface this past January despite his stated desire to play a heel? Is it about his oft-rumored "promised" title run? He doesn't go into any specifics, so we can't do anything but speculate.
Does the lack of a specific gripe mean the sometimes uncomfortably frank Bautista is working us to make his return a surprise or to set up an angle?
What do you make of these quotes, Cagesiders?