Former WWE champion Dave Bautista recently spoke with Pro Wrestling Sheet‘s Ryan Satin while promoting his movie Stuber. During the interview, Bautista talked about how he accidentally spoiled part of Avengers: Endgame while promoting the previous film in the series, Infinity War.
“I got a little grief for this which I felt horrible for. But you’re really kept in the dark for a lot of Marvel stuff, but for Infinity War and Endgame in particular you’re just really kept in the dark. I didn’t know how Infinity War ended. I had no idea. We shot all our stuff out of sequence, bits and pieces, so I was never privy to scripts. We shot it a little over a year straight, both Infinity War and Endgame, so I didn’t know which parts were gonna be in which movies. I was just really lost. But as we started doing press for Infinity War, I had been talking to the press openly about my work schedule and that I’d been filming for a year on both these films, not knowing how the first film was going to end and that we were going to disintegrate.”
“I actually had a discussion with the Russo brothers, because all they saw was that headline: ‘Dave Bautista’s Giving Spoilers For Endgame.’ And I wasn’t at all. I was just talking very openly about my work schedule and that was before I knew that I was gonna be turned into dust!”
Bautista also talked about his relationship with Disney and Marvel after publicly defending his friend and director, James Gunn. Bautista said he has more of a relationship with Marvel, but he came to Gunn’s defense after he was fired (and ultimately re-hired) from Guardians of the Galaxy 3:
“I hope it’s good. I never actually talked to anybody from Disney. I only ever talk to people from Marvel. And they were very understanding about the way I felt. I got people who are very understanding of where I stood. A lot of them just weren’t outspoken about it. And I just happened to be very outspoken about the way I felt.”
“James [Gunn] is my friend. I love him. He helped change my life and I know he’s a decent person. He was being attacked. And what do you do when your friends are being attacked? You defend them, or you’re not really a friend.”
Additionally, the interview focused on Bautista’s wrestling career and his final run that culminated with his WrestleMania 35 match with Triple H. ‘The Animal’ feels like there are too many people in a position to make wrestling decisions that have never been in the ring, and it should be in the wrestlers’ hands, not someone who has never taken a bump in the ring.
“And I will say this openly … I resent there being so many people who have say-so who have never taken a bump in their life. That bothers me.”
“I get that they were successful outside of professional wrestling, but it also bothers me when someone has control over a professional wrestler, or someone who never paid their dues, to me they don’t deserve to be in that position. Take a few bumps. Know what we’re going through before you decide what our career is going to be.”
Bautista also talks in-depth about training and the build-up for his WrestleMania retirement match, being proud of the result and much more. The full interview can be heard at this link.