Dave Bautista is returning to WWE at this year's WrestleMania, and is not happy with Stephen Amell questioning the upcoming match. Bautista, who previously competed for many years in the WWE as Batista, will be having a match against Triple H in his return to the company. This led to Arrow star Stephen Amell tweeting his concerns about the bout, asking if Bautista's status as a Hollywood star would "detract from an awesome wrestling card." Seemingly irate but possibly playing up his villainous wrestling character, Bautista shot back at Amell to defend his spot at WrestleMania.
"Considering that celebrity could actually fuck someone up, and that celebrity is a former 6x heavyweight champ, and that celebrity is there because he loves it, maybe it just adds to the card. Maybe."
Because both Dave Bautista and Stephen Amell have competed in WWE, it's hard to tell how much of this tension between the two is genuine. It's possible one or both are just trying to add some excitement to the match. Still, Bautista's point in his response is how he was a wrestling star before he was a Hollywood actor, so wrestling fans will still enjoy his return. Bautista actually won his first world championship from Triple H in the main event of WrestleMania 21, and fourteen years later, this rematch may see him win once again. The former WrestleMania regular looks no less vicious now than he did then, and it's hard to argue the first point Batista made in his response as well.
Of course, Dave Bautista is certainly not the first wrestler to make a return to WWE after finding bigger success in another field. The most obvious example here is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who has made multiple appearances at WWE events over the past several years. Johnson is one of the most famous actors in the world, yet is welcomed on WWE shows because he was first a wrestling star. The same can be said for Bautista, who had a highly successful career as a WWE star before moving on to great success in Hollywood as well.
Bautista's acting career first began in 2006 with an appearance in the movie Relative Strangers, and the wrestling star has only reached greater heights in the years since. He is probably best known for his role as Drax in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, beginning with 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. He reprised the role in the 2017 sequel and last year's Avengers: Infinity War, and will again appear as Drax in this year's Avengers: Endgame. He has also starred in movies like Riddick, Spectre, and Blade Runner 2049. He also co-stars with Kumail Nanjiani in the new action-comedy movie Stuber, which premieres today at SXSW and will be released in theaters everywhere on July 12, 2019.
WrestleMania 35 featuring Bautista against Triple H will take place on April 7. The event will be available on pay-per-view and on the WWE Network . Bautista will then be back on the big screen just a few weeks later when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26. You can take a look at Batista's tweet to Amell below.