Eagle eyed pro wrestling fans noticed Batista disappeared from advertisements for this year’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, where the company will induct both the 2020 and 2021 classes after last year was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As it turns out, it wasn’t a mistake but rather at his request.
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
Batista had been scheduled to be inducted in the 2020 class that included the new World order, the Bella Twins, JBL, the British Bulldog, and Jushin “Thunder” Liger. The 2021 class includes Molly Holly and Eric Bischoff, with more names to be announced in the weeks to come.
This lines up with reports that a change was made and WWE wanted something similar for Batista. It also allows the company to hold back a bigger name for a future ceremony as a potential headlining attraction once the world opens up and paying fans are allowed to come back again.