On this week's episode of SmackDown, Batista declared that once he stepped back into the WWE, that the WWE Universe was now his universe. It appears that in Batista's universe, it's acceptable to physically attack fans at ringside. According to a March 8 report by PWInsider.com, Batista got into a physical altercation with a fan at ringside during a live event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on Friday night.
As Batista was heading to the ring to take on his opponent The Big Show, he got into a verbal spat with a fan at ringside. This led to Batista pushing the fan back into his seat. In some reports, Batista also punched the fan. It was later confirmed that the fan was really DJ Cam Carson, a local radio show host in Winnipeg, who's radio station Power 97 was the local sponsor of Friday's live WWE event.
Carson would try to jump the guard rail on a few occasions to go after Batista, but was stopped by security. Eventually, Carson ended up being escorted out of the building. There has been no official statement from the WWE regarding this encounter.
In all likelihood this was a staged altercation to add a little excitement to the event and to Batista's character. WWE has a strict policy against physical altercations between wrestlers and fans. Additionally, there would have been a lawsuit, lawyers and law enforcement involved if this was a real altercation.
To further prove that this altercation was a "work," Batista is set to wrestle at WWE's live event in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. He will be teaming up with John Cena to take on Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. Other matches advertised for this big event are:
- The Usos vs. The Rhodes Brothers vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel
- Daniel Bryan vs. Kane with HHH in his corner