Dave Bautista says he was in recent talks with the WWE about making his return, but those talks fell through after the company stopped returning his calls.
"And so we literally talked for about like three weeks and then they just stopped calling me," Bautista went on. "I sent a text to Hunter. I was like, 'Hey man, I don't know if you put any more thought into what's going on. I'm really excited about the possibilities.'
"I t makes that they would cool off, because you're in Blade Runner 2049, and Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy, and working with Jodie Foster, so why would you want someone like that to come in and be affiliated with your product," Dukes said tongue-in-cheek. "Despite the fact that you've won all of the championships and belts that you have."
"I mean, no. That doesn't make sense at all. I mean, that'd be horrible for them," Bautista said. "But I don't get it, man. But I told them next year would be my last year. I'm turning 50 next year. I'd be willing to... I feel great. Physically, I'm in great shape. I've never let up on that."
"But I just don't want to be the old guy in the ring and I don't want to overstay my welcome," he said. "I just want to end my career the right way and next year will be the last opportunity, so if we can't make something happen by next year, then I'm just gonna officially hang it up."