As noted, WWE announced today that Batista and the nWo (Hulk Hogan, Sean Waltman, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall) will be going into the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame Class.
Batista’s induction was first revealed by People. The Animal spoke to the website and said he received the Hall call from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
“Vince [McMahon] called me personally to ask me, I was just … I wasn’t surprised, but I was pretty happy. It’s a good feeling, it’s a really great feeling,” Batista said.
The former WWE Champion said he told Vince he would “be honored,” but admitted, “As soon as I hung up the phone, I was … and excuse my language, I was like, ‘S–t, I gotta give a speech.’ “
“And that is what I’ve been stressing about since,” he laughed.
Regarding his Hall of Fame speech, Batista admitted he isn’t sure how to put the honor “into words right now.”
“I don’t think it’s sunk in,” Batista added. “And I was thinking about it because I mean, it seems like a long journey, but it also feels like yesterday when I started my career. And it also feels … because I’m still working so much, it doesn’t feel like an end of a journey.”
He continued, “And I said that at WrestleMania last year: It’s the end of my in-ring journey, but it’s not the end of my journey with the WWE. I will always be connected with them, I’ll always be affiliated with them, I hope that I will always have a good relationship with them. So it doesn’t really feel like an ending for me, it feels like, kind of, I’m right in the mix. … All I can say is it feels good, it’s just satisfying. I feel like I accomplished something. I feel like it was all worth it.”
Batista told People that his last match was definitely his WWE career highlight, calling it the “icing on the cake.”
“For me, it was a storybook ending,” Batista said. “It was as good as it gets. I got to close out my career the way I wanted to.”
Batista also said he hopes the speech will express his gratitude for WWE and his fans.
“I don’t think that they’ll really appreciate how grateful I am,” he said.