Batista entered anyway and went on to win the Rumble earning the right to participate in the main event of Wrestle Mania 21 against the World Champion of his choice.
In an attempt to persuade Batista to challenge WWE Champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield and challenger John Cena in a triple-threat match rather than him, Triple H concocted a scheme to have Batista run over in a limousine resembling the one used by Layfield.
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.
He later won the OVW Heavyweight Championship from "The Machine" Doug Basham before losing the belt to The Prototype.