Batista has predicted that CM Punk will one day return to the WWE.
The Second City Saint walked out of the company the day after Batista won the 2014 Royal Rumble and was earlier this month moved to the alumni section of the company’s website.
"I know for a fact that he loves professional wrestling," Batista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy, told Digital Spy when asked about CM Punk.
"I couldn’t see him taking a step down and wrestling for a lesser organisation. Unless he spent some time in Japan, I just don’t see it.
"I think eventually he’ll come back. I think he belongs there. I think the fans really love him and miss him.
"I think he loves it and misses it just as much. I’m really not sure why he left.
"He’ll be back, I would think that he would be back. I think it would be kind of crazy if he didn’t go back."
In the video above, Batista also talks about turning round (some of the) fans after getting heat on his WWE return and explained to DS why the WWE would be “idiots” not to do something with Brock Lesnar after he conquered The Streak at WrestleMania XXX.
He also told us who he thinks will be the first of The Shield to nab one of the big titles after their spectacular implosion the day after they defeated Batista’s Evolution at Payback.
Guardians of the Galaxy will open in UK cinemas on July 31 and August 1 in the US.