The Nexus are dominating the Royal Rumble Match, throwing men out left, right and center, leaving bodies sprawled out around the ring, when Batista hits the ring and eliminates 3 of the 5 Nexus members within the space of a minute and a half as well as eliminating Jack Swagger and Drew McIntyre. Batista goes on to eliminate Justin Gabriel as well but as Gabriel and Batista have an exchange of words following Gabriel’s elimination, Wade Barrett sneaks up behind Batista and throws him out of the Rumble, costing him his shot at a Wrestlemania Title match (Barrett is later eliminated last along with CM Punk by Alberto Del Rio). The night after the Royal Rumble, Batista comes out to a raucous ovation from the crowd in attendance as he cuts a promo saying he sat and watched the Nexus run riot on Raw and he just got sick of it and decided to come back to take them all out. He is interrupted by an e-mail for the anonymous Raw General Manager who announces Batista Vs Randy Orton for a spot in the WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match. Batista goes on to defeat Orton to claim his spot, alongside Wade Barrett, John Cena, CM Punk, John Morrison and defending WWE Champion, The Miz. The week before Chamber, Batista is the victim of a gangland attack from all 7 members of Nexus, who beat him down in the ring before Cena, Morrison, Daniel Bryan and The Hart Dynasty all come down to even out the odds. Eventually, Batista is left alone in the ring with David Otunga, who he nails with a Batista Bomb onto a steel chair, giving him a (kayfabe) concussion, putting him out of action for the foreseeable future.
At the Elimination Chamber, Wade Barrett and Batista both have strong showings inside the Chamber as the two are the last two men to enter the Chamber, Barrett nailing Miz, Cena and Punk with Wasteland’s respectively before Batista storms the ring and cleans house, taking out men left and right. Following Punk’s elimination at the hands of John Cena, Batista gains a measure of revenge over Wade Barrett by eliminating him from the match with a Batista Bomb. Batista then takes out Cena with a Spear, allowing The Miz to get the pin and eliminate Cena. As it looks like Batista is actually going to pick up the win and claim the title, he sets Miz up for a Batista Bomb but before he can lift him, Miz counters with a low blow and quickly capitalises on the situation with a Skull-Crushing Finale for the three, retaining the WWE Championship and stopping Batista’s chances of headlining Wrestlemania dead in the process.
The very first Raw after Elimination Chamber, Batista cuts a promo claiming he was within a whisker of claiming the WWE Championship and going on to headline Wrestlemania. He is cut off by Wade Barrett, who tells Batista that The Animal cost Barrett his own opportunity at being in the main event at his first-ever Wrestlemania and that Nexus will make sure that Batista suffers the consequences. All members of Nexus then appear through the crowd and jump into the ring, laying another beat-down on Batista before Barrett enters the ring himself and takes Batista out with a Wasteland. The next week on Raw, an injured Batista helps Triple H overcome every single member of Nexus to gain a measure of revenge over the group. He follows it up the next week by calling out Barrett, saying he’s a coward and that, in a one on one match, he’d be ripped apart by The Animal. Barrett comes out and tells Batista that he’s man enough to tame The Animal and that, if Batista really wants a piece of him, he can get it at Wrestlemania. Batista is then thrown in with the wolves of Nexus again, facing Mason Ryan, Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty in a 3 on 1 Handicap Match but Batista manages to overcome the odds to get the win before dropping Mason Ryan with a huge Spinebuster onto a solid steel chair, taking out yet another member of Nexus, leaving just five of them. Barrett and Nexus cut a promo the next week saying that The Animal is on a war-path and has managed to take out two members of the Nexus but that that does not matter because The Nexus are still strong in numbers and, better yet, are a lot smarter than Batista. Batista is then shown backstage, tied up, bloodied and beaten, seemingly destroyed by Nexus. Barrett claims that ‘he saw his opportunity and took The Animal out because he can.’ Later that night, during Wade Barrett’s Main Event match up with Triple H, Batista comes out, bandaged up and limping but angered. Batista takes Barrett out with a huge chair shot before delivered a massive Batista Bomb to close out the show. With just days left until Wrestlemania, three of WWE’s biggest stars team up in a blockbuster 6-Man Tag Team Match as Triple H and John Cena join forces with Batista to take on The Miz, CM Punk and Wade Barrett. As the matches comes to its conclusion and Triple H sets The Miz up for the Pedigree, Wade Barrett tries to break it up but receives a spear for his troubles. Batista lifts Triple H’s arm at the end of the match as he eyes Barrett who stumbles back up the ramp.