Batista recently finished up his time with WWE, with a defeat to Triple H at WrestleMania 35 serving as the final full stop. Once more free of the auspices of the company, he had some choice words about their creative process on a recent podcast, echoing the increasingly vocal opinions of various industry insiders.
Speaking with Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, Big Dave described WWE's system during his previous spell in 2014 as "a nightmare." Damningly, he went on to say that things have only grown worse:
"I feel like they don't have a clear vision, a long-term vision, everything is very week-to-week. It doesn't seem like they stick to a plan very much."
Batista concluded that the lack of creative freedom afforded talent in today's WWE means they can no longer create a genuine connection with the fans. He also lambasted the fact wrestlers "can't go to war" as they once did, presumably in reference to the sponsor-friendly rating. Infamously, Batista incurred a hefty fine after blading shortly after WWE went PG back in 2008.
Such a prominent name in the world of entertainment directly criticising WWE's methods is sure to cause further consternation in Stamford, so soon after ex-star Jon Moxley did the same in dramatic fashion on a recent episode of Talk is Jericho.
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.