Batista has revealed how he told Titus O'Neil to walk out of the WWE last year following 'The Big Deal' being suspended for 60 days. However, the former Prime Time Player ignored Batista's advice on account of his loyalty to Titan.
O'Neil was handed the punishment after an unscheduled altercation with Vince McMahon on the night Daniel Bryan announced his in-ring retirement, according to reports.
The former WWE world heavyweight champion made the comments during his appearance on the Talk Is Jericho Podcast. He added that the suspension was especially unfair as O'Neil is such a "good guy".
"I felt like it was such a slap in the face. I really feel like they spit right in his face," the wrestler-turned-actor said. He added that McMahon should have told O'Neil "man-to-man" that the latter should never do that again and it would have been the end of it.
"I told him he should have left the WWE," the Guardians of the Galaxy star said. "After he got suspended, I was just like, 'dude, I would've been out of there'."
"I thought that was a conversation, Vince should've pulled him aside and said 'Don't ever do that again.' And then it would have never happened again. It should have been a man-to-man type thing. If he had such an issue with it. I could see the point where he may, [it was] just bad timing."
Batista insisted O'Neil should have taken a stand, but feels he deserves all the more respect for being a company man and taking the punishment.
"They also suspended him right through WrestleMania, you don't do that. That guy busts his ass all year and then you take that away from him? Not only did he [McMahon] not talk to him and tell him, 'You shouldn't have done that', you suspend him, but he didn't even do it personally. He had somebody else do it and then he fined him. Man up. That's when you man up. He's just so loyal to the company. You give him that respect," he added.