Batista sat down with YouTube wrestling interviewer Chris van Vliet and discussed a number of topics. Among them was the inception of AEW and whether or not he saw them as actual competitors to WWE.
“I don’t see it as legitimate competition,” Batista responded. “I see it as competition, which is great, there should always be competition but until they actually produce one of their own major stars, until they have a production that is as big as WWE.
This is a sentiment a lot of people share. While AEW seems to be taking the wrestling world by storm and there are rumors running rampant about performers wanting to leave WWE to pursue opportunities with the new upstart promotion, AEW has a long way to go before they’ll be considered serious rivals to the biggest wrestling promotion on the planet.
“I mean WWE already has the next three generations of Superstars because they have NXT camps all over the world now, they’re so far ahead of the game that I don’t see any real competition. Not even close.”
In that case, it becomes incumbent on WWE to take advantage of these talents. This is an argument AEW fans are making.
The biggest issue seems to be opportunities in WWE that, for some, seem few and far between. Recently, Tye Dillinger and Dustin Rhodes left the security of a WWE deal to gamble on themselves and Cody Rhodes is one of the main reasons a company like AEW even exists today.
What About Batista?
Batista has never been shy about sharing his opinion and prior to his appearance at WrestleMania 35, there were actually rumors he was considering AEW as an option to make his wrestling return.
Ultimately, he chose a match with Triple H and has since said he’ll never return to wrestling and would go broke before he gave it a second thought.