The awesome interviews just keep on coming.
In this sneak peek of next Sunday’s Chad Dukes Wrestling Show WrestleMania Spectacular, Dave Bautista stops by to chat with Chad Dukes in an epic, nearly 30 minute interview covering a wide range of topics. From Guardians of the Galaxy and his movie career, the details of his WWE return, Daniel Bryan, Triple H, new stars that impress the Animal, and his MMA fight- Dukes and Drax cover it all. I’m not being overly hyperbolic when I say this interview is a must listen.
The Chad Dukes Show Wrestling WrestleMania Spectacular will air Sunday April 6th, WrestleMania Sunday, at 8AM on 106.7 The Fan DC. Chad will have two big time guests on the show, the aforementioned Dave Bautista and Shield member Roman Reigns. Also, we’ll have panel discussion previewing WrestleMania XXX with Chad; 2 Guys, a Goat, and a Sports Show’s Homer McFanboy & Loud Goat; and yours truly, Louis Tully. The best part is you’ll be able to catch it on the radio in the DC Metro Area on 106.7 The Fan and streaming on the 106.7 The Fan’s website. The show will also be available for podcast download on the Fan’s site and right here at Dukes Wrestling
HUGE thank you to Dave Bautista for coming in studio, on his weekend, in inclement weather, to record this interview. Very generous giving of his time. Follow him on Twitter @DaveBautista, like his Facebook page HERE, and catch him in the main event of WrestleMania XXX on PPV and the WWE Network this Sunday.
I’m not going to spoil the entire interview by spelling out everything discussed below, but if you’re looking for some juicy tidbits to whet your appetite for listening, hit the cut.
To start things Chad asked Bautista about what his thought process was behind coming back and giving sports entertainment another go, especially just as his film career seems to be hitting its stride.
I left for very specific reasons and the reasons were because there were certain opportunities I wasn’t getting when I was with the company, and we were so locked down and I mean when you’re under contract with them you’re pretty much limited to the things, you can do. You really can’t do anything else in the company without their say so and they weren’t…certain guys were getting opportunities that I wasn’t getting and I wasn’t real cool with that. So I left to accomplish certain things, and I felt like once I accomplished them, I always wanted to come back. At the end of the day I love professional wrestling. I really, I really do, man. So it’s not like I never planned to come back, I wanted to come back sooner. It’s just that you know it took me longer to accomplish certain things that I really want to accomplish. I didn’t want to be working and do one movie a year. It’s just I was out there auditioning and stuff, these were the jobs I was getting, and once I landed it, you know the Marvel deals, I felt like I accomplished everything I wanted to and then some.
We didn’t come back and demand a lot of money you know I didn’t say,“I’m not doing house shows I’m only doing Monday Night Raw.” I mean I said, “I’ll do Smackdown, I’ll do house shows.”
Despite the tremendous amount of film success, Bautista has had, in such major motion pictures as The Man with the Iron Fists & Riddick, he’s been selective with his roles by design.
I got offered a lot of roles, coming out of wrestling, on stuff that was going straight to DVD and it wasn’t the stuff that I want to do and I really wanted like, really good projects. I really, I really had a passion for acting and I really wanted to become a better actor. So I passed up on a lot of that stuff and held out for like better roles, and stuff that will put me in the next to guys were really established actors, so I could kinda learn from, so it wasn’t easy man. I got out there and pounded the pavement.
Since his comeback, Bautista has taken a lot of, for lack of a better word, crap from the smark fans. His return collided with the perfect storm of CM Punk leaving WWE and the huge rise in Daniel Bryan’s popularity. Bautista speculates that some of the negativity directed towards his return could stretch back to comments made by Dave on twitter back in 2011, questioning the timing of Daniel Bryan’s first World Heavyweight Championship win.
For some reason I think people thought that I didn’t like Daniel Bryan or I had this personal thing. I said a comment, I had one comment about him when he first won the world heavyweight championship and I was like, I was in shock and I said, “Okay.” Because I just didn’t get it. The reason I didn’t get it because it was too soon and that’s my personal opinion. I felt it was way too soon and they did that constantly over and over. I thought they, they just slap the title on people like, way too fast. It’s like, I think sometimes that they used the title, I might get a little grief for saying it, sometimes I think they use the title to get guys over. I thought it just, they did it, it was premature. I never had a problem with him being you know, World Heavyweight Champion, I just thought that they did it way too fast.
You can’t convince me that some body else was a bigger supporter of Daniel Bryan cause I mean that was years ago, before everybody was you know on his jock, when they wanted me to job him out, and I was like, “Hell no.” He’s just too good. He had been coming around for years and I could never figure out why they didn’t give him a job, but he had come out and they wanted me to work a match with him, and squash him and I was like, “No, not gonna happen.” He’s way too good man, we could have a good match, and we did. I mean we gave ‘em a version of what they wanted, but we gave ‘em a hell of a match. It looked like a competitive match. When at the time it’s not with what they wanted.
Be sure to listen to the audio to also catch Bautista echoing an opinion we’ve had here at CDW for a while about the random chants during inappropriate times in relation to Daniel Bryan as well.
Talk soon moved on to what other current superstars that have impressed the Animal since his return to WWE. Not surprisingly, two names popular around these parts and with wrestling fans in general, leaped to the head of the pack.
I love Bray Wyatt. I love him. I love that whole gimmick, that whole Wyatt Family gimmick, but Bray I think he’s gonna be a huge star. I get caught up in this guy, man. When I watch him he’s one of those guys. He’s another guy, I mean he doesn’t look like a stud. He’s not a statue of a man, but he is athletic as you can get, that kid can move man. He is agile, he is a stud man. That kid is as an athlete. He gets when he cuts a promo, you just get sucked in man. He is hypnotizing. When I talk to him like personal, on a personal level, he’s one of those kids who’s not afraid to learn, he has no ego. He’s still learning and he knows he’s still learning and he’s not afraid to ask questions, and I think that’s why he’s going to be so good. Cause he’s this good right now and he still wants to learn.
I love the whole Shield gimmick, everyone’s real focused on Roman, and I think he’s definately going to be a huge star, but Dean Ambroise to me, he’s the star of that.
My favorite part of the Dean Ambrose discussion was Bautista’s pitch perfect description of what he believes would happen if you turn your back on Dean Ambrose. Like I said there is so much good stuff in this interview, I urge you to check it out. Also don’t forget to listen again on Sunday April 6th to the The Chad Dukes Show Wrestling WrestleMania Spectacular at 8AM on WrestleMania Sunday, on 106.7 The Fan DC and streaming on the 106.7 The Fan’s website.