WWE on Tuesday confirmed its latest entrant into the Hall of Fame, none other than the Animal- Batista. As WWE Superstars and fans took to Twitter to congratulate Batista, Randy Orton shared his thoughts on the announcement.
Orton and Batista go back a long way as they were a part of one of the greatest factions in WWE- Evolution.
At full strength, Evolution was nearly unstoppable. As their power expanded, Evolution captured Raw’s three major championships — World Heavyweight, Intercontinental and World Tag Team Titles — all on the same evening.
In an exclusive interview with WWE.com, Orton said, “Dave deserves it. I’ve known him for 20 years; he was the first guy I ever ran into when I reported down to Louisville, Kentucky for developmental back when I was 19 years old,” Orton said.
“I remember seeing this 350-pound, jacked-up man and just was thinking to myself ‘What have I got myself into?’”
“Of course after that was Evolution, and I saw Dave grow, we became friends, we travelled the world together. My hats off to him, man. I can’t wait to hear his speech, I know it’ll be heartfelt. He’s always been good to me, and I look forward to seeing him on that special day,” he concluded.
Orton also congratulated his former teammate on Twitter to which Batista also responded.
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) December 10, 2019
The two time Hall of Famer Ric Flair has still not responded to Batista being an inductee.