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WWE history: Undertaker meets Batista in rare backstage clip

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Batista and The Undertaker backstage at SmackDown 1000
Batista and The Undertaker backstage at SmackDown 1000

The backstory

Last year, SmackDown Live celebrated its 1000th episode. The show saw the reunion of one of the most dominant factions in the history of WWE - Evolution. Tensions boiled over, as former World Heavyweight Champion Batista heaped praise upon Triple H, but added that The Game has never beaten The Animal.

WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair managed to ease things up a bit between the two Superstars, as Randy Orton watched from the back.

This reunion formed the base for the eventual match between Batista and Triple H at WrestleMania 35, which the latter ended up winning.

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Two legends meet

A clip has recently surfaced online, which shows Batista about to leave the arena after the show. As The Animal heads towards the back, he is stopped by none other than The Undertaker. The Phenom can be seen sporting a casual T-shirt in the clip, in a rare sight.

It's no secret that Batista and Undertaker had a legendary rivalry back in 2007, which kicked off at WrestleMania 23, when The Deadman managed to put down The Animal to win the World Heavyweight Title. This kicked off a string of matches over the course of the next several months.

The following clip shows Undertaker praising Batista for the Evolution segment, and the two Superstars exchanging pleasantries.



The aftermath

Batista came back to WWE months later, attacking Ric Flair and challenging Triple H to a match at WrestleMania 35. After losing the match, Batista announced his retirement from professional wrestling.

The Undertaker, on the other hand, didn't appear at WrestleMania for the first time since the year 2000, but went on to face WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg at Super ShowDown. 

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