Bobby Lashley wants to wrestle The Animal.
Lashley and Batista have both had Hall of Fame-worthy professional wrestling careers, but their paths only crossed for a brief period in 2006, while they were feuding with World Heavyweight Champion Booker T and Finlay. Lashley was released from the company in 2008, and when he came back nearly a decade later, Batista was all but retired, coming back briefly to take a loss to Triple H at WrestleMania 35 in the final match of his career.
In a new interview with the Perform Podcast, Lashley was asked about a potential match with Batista.
“I love where Dave is and I never try to drum up any controversy or any kind of friction. Dave is definitely somebody I would love to have a match with. It would be something that would do some huge box office numbers. Dave, since he’s left WWE, his whole entire career has exploded to another level. Of course you want to bring somebody like him back. If we can, I know it would be a great match up. I never say that one person is going to win in a competition like that. I’m always betting on myself, but at the end of the day, the fans would win that.”– Bobby Lashley
While Batista has been retired since 2019, Lashley has remained active, seemingly recruiting wrestlers for a faction. So far, he has been shown speaking with The Street Profits and NXT Champion Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams. The lone singles match between the two ended in a no contest, and there would likely be some interest from fans in a more conclusive match, should Batista opt to come out of retirement.
H/T to Fightful for the transcription.