Big Update: Batista Potentially Staying With WWE Through Payback, Details

Nick Paglino

batistaYesterday reported that Batista is not scheduled for any WWE events past Extreme Rules tonight, and that he is expected to be taking some time off from WWE until SummerSlam to promote his upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie.

PWInsider has since updated its report and is noting Batista has been intimating backstage at Extreme Rules today that he will be sticking around and working through Payback after all.

The original report noted WWE wanted Batista to face Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Title at Payback, but Batista was not keen on losing to Bryan as he felt it wouldn't look good for him to lose to someone so small prior to the release of his movie this summer. Batista also felt losing to Bryan wouldn't be a good way to take a break from WWE, as he wouldn't be well remembered when he eventually makes his return. Batista reportedly turned the match down, which is why he has not been booked beyond Extreme Rules.

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