Batista made his return on October 20 episode of Raw, interfering in a match between Bill Goldberg and Shawn Michaels and "shattering" Goldberg's ankle with a chair.
After the interference, Evolution came out, and Triple H rewarded Batista with $100,000.
Batista teased leaving Evolution that night, but declared that he was still part of Evolution and that they tricked everyone.
Despite this ploy, Batista began behaving more like a fan favorite over the next few weeks in comparison to Evolution's villainous tactics.
Batista returned to WWE and won the 2014 Royal Rumble match, after which he headlined Wrestle Mania XXX.