[45] They had a rematch at SummerSlam in a No Holds Barred match in which Batista pinned JBL. [43], On June 30, Batista was drafted to SmackDown! Cesar Gracie. Batista entered anyway and went on to win the Rumble earning the right to participate in the main event of WrestleMania 21 against the World Champion of his choice. as Deacon Batista, a villainous enforcer for Reverend D-Von. His favorite is the 1967 Green Hornet lunchbox as it has Bruce Lee on it. 16:42. [61], Batista made his official return during July 7 episode of SmackDown! Batista has had a few short stints with the company since leaving in 2010. [202], Bautista supported Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. I think he is the most honest Candidate. [138] On the April 14 episode of Raw, Batista, Triple H and Randy Orton came down to the ring to attack The Shield after their 11-on-3 handicap match, using the name and the theme of Evolution. As a member of the Disciples of Synn stable, he went undefeated until being beaten at Christmas Chaos by Kane with help from Stone Cold Steve Austin. [14] As young as age 13, he was stealing cars. [199] In October 2015, he married competitive pole dancer Sarah Jade. Steroid Dose Equivalents 4 Sep 2018. Batista went on to have successful surgery on his arm on January 12. When he went into acting, he reverted to the original spelling of his last name, billed as Dave Bautista in all film credits. He is a native of The Bronx, but started out his wrestling career in Texas. [203] He endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election and appeared in an advertisement for his presidential campaign. [155] In an interview with WWE.com, Batista said regarding the crowd reaction that "it was weird. [164], Bautista has acted and guest-starred in several television shows as both himself and in-character as Batista. [142] Batista legitimately quit the WWE due to creative differences soon after. December 9, 1971 Chris Boniol, NFL kicker, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles . Young Bucks On Triple H's Offers, Shaq, Tony Khan, ROH & NJPW | 2020 Interview . Batista and Mysterio lost to Big Show and Kane at Armageddon. [62] At Saturday Night's Main Event XXXIII, Batista won a six-man tag match with teammates Rey Mysterio and Bobby Lashley, defeating World Heavyweight Champion King Booker, Finlay, and Mark Henry. Batista defeated Cena at SummerSlam, legitimating injuring Cena's neck in the process. Vince McMahon then scheduled Batista to team up with WWE Champion Triple H and Shane McMahon to face The Legacy at Backlash. immediately calling out and entering into a feud with Mark Henry. From 2002 to 2010, he gained fame under the ring name Batista and became a six-time world champion by winning the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice. [191] Batista released a statement denying ESPN's allegations and was furious over the report. He's had injuries to battle, but he's come back strong. [130] On the February 3 Raw, Batista was confronted and was ultimately assaulted by Del Rio before chasing him off. [110] Batista defeated Mysterio again in a street fight on the December 11 episode of SmackDown. He then pulled an unconscious Batista on top of The Undertaker for the pinfall to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. [200] The couple separated in early 2019. Tony Batista, baseball player; Wesley Batista (born 1972), Brazilian billionaire businessman; William Batista, Brazilian footballer; Batista (footballer, born 1955), Brazilian football player; João Batista da Silva (athlete), Brazilian sprinter; Dave Bautista, American wrestler and actor known by his ring name Batista; Kamani Batista (born 1996), R&B/Pop singer-songwriter. [42] Batista won the match at Vengeance, retaining his title yet again. [161] He also became a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under the tutelage of This set up a world title match between Batista and Punk at The Great American Bash which ended in a double disqualification after Kane interfered and attacked both men. This is a wrestler to watch as he continues to improve every match. The Crowd main event match", "WWE Royal Rumble PPV results 1/26 (Hour 3): Royal Rumble vs. [158], After leaving WWE, Bautista attended Strikeforce: Los Angeles, a mixed martial arts (MMA) event, on June 16, 2010 having previously registered an interest in competing in MMA. Batista refused and quit the company after Hart named Orton winner by forfeit. 'The Animal' Quits Wrestling Again Due To Creative Differences And Payment Issues With The Company! The Undertaker ( WWF WWE ) Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo REPRINT. By using our services, you're agreeing to our Cookies Policy. The feud saw Big Show and Kane chokeslamming Batista several more times in the weeks leading up to Survivor Series in an on-camera explanation for Batista's injury. Tony Batista joins us for the first time. He made his OVW debut later that year under the ring name Leviathan, where he immediately joined forces with Synn. It was later revealed that Batista had suffered a legitimate torn left biceps similar to what he suffered in 2006. He denied ever being a customer of Signature and stated that he has been "tested regularly by the WWE, and I am in full compliance with the WWE Wellness Program". [128] After the show went off the air, Batista mocked Bryan and gestured his middle finger at the crowd. BlogTalkRadio uses cookies. One particular moment saw Batista express disgust as Triple H and Ric Flair boasted about how they had intimidated and/or beat up Jim Ross, Danny Hodge, and Stacy Keibler. [8] He won his lone MMA fight on October 6, 2012, defeating Vince Lucero via TKO in the first round. I fought to keep him in there and glad they did. Over The Top Wrestling Recommended for you. [59], Batista made an appearance at No Way Out and told the crowd that once his arm had healed he would return to regain the World Heavyweight Championship. [197][198] During his marriage to Angie, he became an avid collector of vintage metal lunchboxes. [129] According to Batista, he thought a return as a face was a bad idea because of the fans being so invested in Daniel Bryan's "Yes Movement". [113] On December 13 at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Batista faced Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Chairs match. I really learned a lot about her, and she learned a lot about me from reading the book. [194] Bautista married his second wife, Angie, on October 13, 1998. [74] Batista retained the championship over Kennedy at the Royal Rumble on January 28. He was expected to be out of action for six to eight months. The latest wrestling news and rumors, WWE spoilers, WWE rumors & more coverage for over a decade. Jim Cornette’s “perfect wrestler,” a man with Batista’s body, his brain, Ric Flair’s dick, Jerry Lawler’s coordination, and Nick Bockwinkle’s ability to wrestle in his 50s, will haunt my dreams. CM Punk Scenario All Over Again? I love this business and whether you cheered me or jeered me, I'm grateful for being a small part of your life. He then stated that he would not retire, but move to SmackDown instead. Everything now being the way it is, you can be sued for the simplest thing. Bautista tried out at the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) Power Plant, but was told he would never make it in the wrestling business by Sgt. He aligned himself with Ric Flair[26] and feuded with Kane, whom he defeated at Armageddon. [3], While still in OVW, Bautista began appearing on non-televised WWE events. "[183] When asked about his ex-wife, Angie, he says, "[We] have really become close again, which we really haven't been in years. Tony Batista Baseball cards. [192] WWE suspended ten wrestlers named in the statement; Batista was not one of them. SB Nation is the largest independent sports media brand, consisting of SBNation.com, MMAFighting.com and over 300 fan-centric team communities. A wrestler is somebody who's knowledgeable purposely to wrestle. A few months later, Bautista left OVW after he was promoted to WWE's main roster. This was the first time a match between the two would occur as they had each been on separate brands since they both debuted in 2002. I despise what he did, but that doesn't erase him from my life. Title match, more from L.A.", "WWE Spoilers: Batista comments on fans' reaction to him, plus an update on John Cena's injury : TV", "WWE Superstar Batista responds to 'Bootista' taunts", "Smackdown! We'll talk to this great young competitor to find out where he sees his wrestling career going in the future. On the August 4 episode of Raw, Batista and Cena won the World Tag Team Championship from Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, making Batista a three-time World Tag Team Champion. Following the match, Edge took advantage and won the title from The Undertaker by cashing in his Money in the Bank contract. [4] Bautista also trained with Marrese Crump in Muay Thai and Eskrima. [118][119] Batista received his rematch for the title in a Last Man Standing match on April 25 at Extreme Rules, but was defeated by Cena after Cena duct-taped his legs around a ring post, preventing him from standing up. Triple H suggested that he not enter the Royal Rumble, claiming that it would be selfish of him to do so, and to simply focus on Triple H retaining the title. [182], On October 16, 2007, Bautista's autobiography, Batista Unleashed, was released. [19] He then went to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), who advised him to train with Afa Anoa'i in the Wild Samoan Training Center wrestling school,[20] where he went to train and compete in Anoa'i's World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW) promotion. [133] Batista won the match at Elimination Chamber, but continued to suffer a torrid fan reaction with "Boo-tista" chants. He emphasized his departure by powerbombing Triple H through the table used for the contract signing. [143][144], In April 2015, Batista said that he would be interested in returning to WWE, but only at non-televised events. He's been beloved as well as hated by the fans. [124], On the December 23, 2013 episode of Raw, a vignette advertised the return of Batista on January 20, 2014 episode of Raw. Kennedy. He played Drax the Destroyer in the 2014 Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy, which was a critical and commercial success. Rank: 17 (tie) Wrestler: Batista # of Reigns: 2. 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