Dave Bautista will not “walk alone” into the WWE Hall Of Fame this year.
In addition to the New World Order just being announced by ESPN, Rachel DeSantis and Lindsay Kimble of People Magazine have revealed that Dave Bautista will be getting his Hall of Fame induction as well as WrestleMania 36 hails from “The Animal’s” backyard of Tampa, FL.
Big Dave had the following to say to People, stating how honored and shocked he was by Vince McMahon’s phone call.
“As soon as I hung up the phone, I was … and excuse my language, I was like, ‘S–t, I gotta give a speech.’ “
“And that is what I’ve been stressing about since,” he laughs.
“I don’t think it’s sunk in,” he says. “And I was thinking about it because I mean, it seems like a long journey, but it also feels like yesterday when I started my career. And it also feels … because I’m still working so much, it doesn’t feel like an end of a journey.”
He continues, “And I said that at WrestleMania last year: It’s the end of my in-ring journey, but it’s not the end of my journey with the WWE. I will always be connected with them, I’ll always be affiliated with them, I hope that I will always have a good relationship with them. So it doesn’t really feel like an ending for me, it feels like, kind of, I’m right in the mix. … All I can say is it feels good, it’s just satisfying. I feel like I accomplished something. I feel like it was all worth it.”
Batista had his last match last year against long-time friend (and rival) Triple H at WrestleMania 35 in New York City. Now this may be the cherry on top to his icing of the squared-circle cake.