Dave Bautista Misses Wrestling Every Day, Would Return If The Timing And Opponent Were Right

Dave Bautista has not forgotten about his pro wrestling roots.

Speaking to Adam Clery of WhatCulture Wrestling, Bautista was asked how much he missed pro wrestling despite now being a successful movie star.

"It's something that I think about daily," said Bautista. "I miss it daily. I love it. I have a passion for pro wrestling. At the core of me, that's just who I am. I love it. I'm a physical performer and I miss it every day."

When asked what it would take for him to return to WWE, Bautista had only two requests.

"One; it would have to be the right time. Two; it would have to be the right opponent. That's pretty much it. It would have to make sense. The last time I went back was with really good intentions and I felt like I wasn't delivered what I was promised. That was just creatively. So that would be it. I would have to have a strong say of what I did and who I worked with and we would have to make sense as far as time. Not only do I have to be free, but I also have to factor in -- there is a risk that I would be injured. If I got injured, I would need some time to rehabilitate myself. I always kind of factor those things in."

Bautista returned to the company in 2014, winning the Royal Rumble and headlining WrestleMania 30. Following WrestleMania, Evolution reformed to battle The Shield throughout the spring. When he returned at the beginning of the year, he was reportedly promised a run with the World Title. Bautista quit the company June.

He was in talks to return this year at WrestleMania 34 to team with Ronda Rousey, but WWE ghosted him leading up to the event. His new movie Final Score hits theaters on Sept. 14.

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