Dave Batista
Professional wrestler; actor
Dave Batista
David Michael Bautista, Jr., is a former American professional wrestler, bodybuilder and actor best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment. In WWE, he became a six-time world champion, winning the World Heavyweight Championship four times, and the WWE Championship two times. He is the longest-reigning World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history.
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Gideon Resnick: A Conversation With the Abbot: RZA on Kung-Fu, Directing and Music
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Robert Diggs sat at a small wooden table inside the vacant Double Door bar in Chicago on a Saturday in October. The place had been cleared out for him, serving as a stop on the tour promoting his directorial debut The Man with the Iron Fists. There was a definite stillness in the air as media awaited a moment with the man they call RZA, who was perched at a table on the second floor of the building. He wore a black leather jacket, resembling a track suit with a candy cane stripe running the length of its sleeves, a black baseball cap pushed down low over his brow and his characteristic thick-rimmed scholarly glasses. RZA's first words were muffled, spoken through bites of a grilled chicken sandwich, which he seemed to be enjoying based on his nods of affirmation. It was, and always is, difficult to tell when RZA is high so the assumption had definitely been in my head. Calm and almost professorial he waited for the opportune moment to start what would be a very inter ...
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Floyd Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto: Triple H walks out with the undefeated champ
Cageside Seats - almost 5 years
How's that arm treating ya, Triple H? Pretty well judging by how high you're holding up one of Floyd Mayweather's titles. Triple H, of course, had his arm "broken" by Brock Lesnar this past Monday on Raw after the former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champ attacked him and slapped on his deadly kimura submission over a contract dispute. I'm just glad I had to deal with Geno and not Lesnar when hammering out my Cageside contract. The General's submission game sucks. This wasn't the first time "The Game" accompanied Mayweather to the ring before one of his bouts. He did so back in 2009 when the undefeated boxer took on Juan Manuel Márquez. Like Mayweather did last night against Miguel Cotto, he defeated Márquez by unanimous decision over the course of 12 rounds. Beyond having Triple H walk next to him and hold up belts, Mayweather's involvement with WWE goes far deeper. Who can forget his memorable stint leading up to WrestleMania 24 and his match with Th ...
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Jim Ross & Evan Bourne Tweet, Dave Batista's "Big Announcement"
Wrestling News Source - almost 5 years
Jim Ross on Twitter: Great seeing my pal the King get a shot @ #1 contender. However, @CMPunk vs Daniel Bryan for WWE Title should be special in 3 wks on PPV. Evan Air Bourne on Twitter: 6 weeks of antibiotic infusions to kill my bone infection will be done in 90 minutes! One step closer to recovery.  Dave Batista on Twitter: YES. I am back at Gracie Fighter Tampa.  For those who may not know, Batista has been promising a big announcement for weeks now, saying that things were going to get real. This would seem to indicate that Batista has a renewed interest in competing in mixed martial arts cagefighting again.
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WWE Smackdown: Will Randy Orton Ever Lose His Top Spot on Smackdown? - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
It's very possible that Orton, like Dave Batista and Chris Jericho before him, could decide he's had enough of the rough and gruelling WWE road schedule and decide to pursue a movie career. Orton, of course, had a small but memorable role in the WWE
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10 Reasons Why BAMMA Could, and Should, Be On Spike TV - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Another intriguing prospect is the possibility of BAMMA imminently hosting Dave Batista's MMA debut. Following months of rumours, BAMMA recently confirmed to “The Fight Lounge” that they are indeed in ongoing talks with Batista
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Declaraciones de Bill Goldberg - SoloWrestling
Google News - over 5 years
Se rumorea que luchadores como Kurt Angle, MVP, Matt Hardy, Batista, Shawn Daivari, Chris Jericho, Ric Flair y Shelton Benjamin acudirán a este espectáculo. Cabe destacar que Goldberg meción a Dave Batista como su posible próximo rival en un
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Goldberg Says WWE Can Kiss His Ass, Batista Update - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
It's very possible we'll see Goldberg face Dave Batista on the wrestling supershow taking place in the African Congo. We'll keep you posted as we get more. -- The Record Herald reports that Shane P. Milroy has been charged with allegedly assaulting his
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WWE's John Cena Talks About Manny Pacquiao Before SummerSlam - Bad Left Hook
Google News - over 5 years
Pacquiao has in the past been accompanied to the ring by former WWE star Dave Batista (who is half-Filipino), and of course Pacquiao's press rival Floyd Mayweather Jr worked for WWE briefly in 2008. It's fun to see guys take the leap and try their hand
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WWE SummerSlam 2011: The 50 Greatest Matches in SummerSlam History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
WWE's two biggest stars of the post-attitude era staged a very physical war, with Cena suffering a legit neck injury as a result of a midair powerbomb by big Dave. Batista won this encounter, sending Cena to the shelf for months
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Marvez: Bruce Prichard aims to make a stronger Impact - ScrippsNews
Google News - over 5 years
Prichard helped WWE unearth and/or develop such stars as The Undertaker, Dave Batista, John Cena and current Impact mainstay Kurt Angle before leaving the company in 2008. "The first thing I look for is that intangible 'It' factor and uniqueness
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WWE Flashbacks, Volume Five: 'The Animal' Batista Preys on John Cena - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
For years, John Cena had been the face of Monday Night Raw, and Dave Batista had been the face of Friday Night SmackDown. Cena was often the WWE Champion (and still is), while Batista held the World Heavyweight Championship
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Batista's Twitter Hacked, Gaspard On Stereotypes Cryme Tyme Portrayed, Fedor ... - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
In this day of alleged "hacked" Twitter accounts, it appears that Dave Batista was a legitimate victim. Some spam bot posted an advertisement for male enhancement drugs on his Twitter account, you can check it out below:
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WWE: The Eight Worst World Heavyweight Champions in History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Khali won the title in a 20-man Battle Royal on the July 20th, 2007 edition of Smackdown and held it for perhaps the worst two months in Smackdown history before dropping it to Dave Batista at Unforgiven 2007, on one of the happiest nights in the
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Top Five Failed Attempts By WWE to Create The Next Trish Stratus - Cageside Seats (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The magazine never issued an apology or retraction, and nothing was ever heard about Ashley and her legal action again (quite similar to the time Dave Batista announced he was suing Sports Illustrated for linking him with steroid use, and then never
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Ric Flair: What If He Died in the 1975 Plane Crash? - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
He has received praise from his piers; Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Dave Batista have publicly acknowledged his impact on their careers. Maybe we wouldn't have the likes of a Shawn Michaels or a Triple H had Flair not been around
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WWE: Ice Cream Bars and the Wildest Marketing Gimmicks in WWE History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Just when you thought navel tattoos couldn't get any cooler, the WWE puts out a stuffed bear that has the same stomach tattoo as former WWE star Dave Batista. While Batista was described as an Animal in the ring, this is exactly what I thought of when
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Nash To Face Carlito, UFC Main Event Cancelled, Batista Note - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
Please take a second to "like" our brand new Facebook Page by clicking the like button below. You can access our Facebook Page by clicking here. -- Dave Batista has joined Twitter, you can follow him at twitter.com/Real_DBautista
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Batista Speaks Out - Why He Left WWE, Mason Ryan + A Return? - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
He dislikes WWE's kid-friendly direction, saying there is nothing kid-friendly about Dave Batista. Batista said WWE's direction leaves a bad taste in his mouth as it's too unbelievable and hokey. He feels he became disconnected from the industry and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dave Batista
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 43
    Batista was expected to make his MMA debut against Rashid Evans on October 6, 2012 at Classic Entertainment and Sports: Real Pain in Providence, Rhode Island.
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    He won his MMA debut on October 6, 2012, defeating Vince Lucero via TKO in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details Batista was born to David Michael Bautista, the son of Filipino immigrants to America and Donna Raye Bautista, who is Greek. His parents separated (and eventually divorced). His paternal grandparents were from the Philippines as his grandfather served in the military, worked as a taxicab driver, barber, and other jobs to feed the family. Batista says he is not ashamed to admit he lived in poverty. He has publicly admitted to having a hard life where, as before he was age nine, three murders occurred on his shared front lawn. As young as age 13, he was stealing automobiles. By age 17, he was considered estranged from his parents and on his own, despite admitting later that "I am proud of my parents. They are good, honest, hard-working folks. They taught me the values of working hard." Batista became a regular bouncer for clubs until he was arrested after a fight that left two patrons injured, one of which was rendered unconscious. After a trial, he was sentenced to one year of probation. He was also a lifeguard before he pursued a career in bodybuilding. He credits bodybuilding as possibly saving his life.
  • 2011
    Age 42
    On 11 November 2011 it was announced via Twitter that Batista had been confirmed for the third WWE '12 DLC pack which is set to be released in January 2012.
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    Batista had announced that he and Strikeforce had agreed on a price and were negotiating a contract. However in April 2011, Batista announced to TMZ.com that negotiating a contract with Strikeforce fell through when Strikeforce was bought by Zuffa, LLC.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    Batista then became involved in WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and Bret Hart's rivalry in February 2010 by assisting McMahon in attacking Hart.
    More Details Hide Details John Cena would attempt to help Hart, only to end up being attacked by Batista. At Elimination Chamber, as payment for Batista attacking Hart, McMahon allowed Batista to face Cena for the WWE Championship right after Cena won the title in an Elimination Chamber match. Batista would win the match and his second WWE Championship, which resulted in Batista moving back to Raw. At WrestleMania XXVI Batista lost the WWE Championship in a re-match against John Cena after he had held the title for 35 days. Batista had a Last Man Standing rematch against John Cena at Extreme Rules once again for the WWE Championship, but lost after Cena duct-taped his legs around a ring post, preventing him from standing up. Later he once again became number one contender for the title and at Over the Limit he lost his final match to Cena in an "I Quit" match. On 24 May episode of Raw he opened the show in a wheelchair and quit the company after refusing the request of Bret Hart, the new general manager of Raw, set up a match for him with an injured Randy Orton for qualify for a shot at WWE Championship against John Cena again at Fatal 4 Way PPV (with the qualifier won by Orton by Batista's forfeiture). His profile was subsequently being moved to the WWE.com alumni page. He later said in an interview that he left WWE because he did not like the direction the company was going in and would not be returning any time soon.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 40
    While taking time off due to injury in 2009, Batista had both upper arms covered in large, tribal style tattoos, including the word "DC soldier" on his right biceps.
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    In an interview on 2 September 2009, Batista said that he had previously dated WWE Diva Rosa Mendes.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2007, his autobiography Batista Unleashed, was released. In an interview about the book, Batista claims "I didn't want to tell my story unless it was honest," and that "you have to go through three sets of lawyers: Simon & Schuster lawyers, WWE lawyers, my lawyers. Everything now being the way it is, you can be sued for the simplest thing." One source of controversy was the mentioning of Chris Benoit, who was almost completely removed due to the Chris Benoit double murder and suicide. Batista responded saying "I loved the guy. I despise what he did, but that doesn't erase him from my life. I fought to keep him in there and glad they did." When asked about his ex-wife, Angie, he says "we have really become close again, which we really haven't been in years. I really learned a lot about her, and she learned a lot about me from reading the book. She actually saw things from a different perspective from reading the book. So that was definitely therapeutic."
    In June 2009, Batista made a cameo appearance as himself in an episode of the Australian soap opera Neighbours.
    More Details Hide Details He has also made a cameo appearance in Relative Strangers. Batista worked alongside Rob Van Dam, Marrese Crump, and Ja Rule in the action movie titled Wrong Side of Town. Dave Batista had his first biographical DVD released through WWE productions entitled "Batista: I Walk Alone." It was released 20 October 2009. In August 2010, Bautista, in conjunction with The South of France Spa Naturals and Monday Night Mayhem wrestling released a video to obtain monetary contributions to the Ovarian Cancer Research Project. The video showed Bautista in various locales and included his long-time friend, Imani Lee, his friend and trainer, Marrese Crump, his daughter, Athena and ex-wife Angie. Bautista dedicated the video to Angie, who has battled ovarian cancer for several years and is in remission. Bautista will star as Brass Body in the upcoming movie The Man with the Iron Fists.
    On 2 May 2009, he was shown on camera where he accompanied Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao in his fight against British boxer Ricky Hatton in which Pacquiao won in the second round.
    More Details Hide Details He told the UK Sun that he loves Hatton, but Manny is in a league of his own, adding that he is thrilled to be there to support Manny before his bout.
  • 2008
    Age 39
    On 7 September 2008, he appeared on an episode of Iron Chef America as one of the judges, with snails as the theme ingredient Batista, along with Candice Michelle, Shelton Benjamin, and Josh Mathews, represented the WWE at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in an effort to persuade fans to register to vote in the 2008 Presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details Batista has also appeared on MTV Cribs showing his house and his cars.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    During the week of 5 November 2007, he appeared on Family Feud with several other WWE superstars.
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    Along with John Cena and Ashley Massaro, Batista appeared representing WWE on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in January 2007, giving the kids of the family whose house was renovated WWE merchandise and eight tickets to WrestleMania 23.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    He later revealed, in his autobiography, a relationship with WWE Diva Melina Perez after the divorce from his wife in 2006, which led to a brief angle on SmackDown! during a feud with MNM.
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  • 2005
    Age 36
    In 2005, Batista gave two controversial interviews to the British tabloid newspaper The Sun.
    More Details Hide Details In the first interview, Batista, then wrestling on the Raw brand of WWE, criticized SmackDown!, stating, "I've watched their tapings live and it seems like a lot of the guys couldn't care less. There's a lack of passion and pride. There are guys on both shows who are lazy, couldn't care less and show no dedication." In the second interview, Batista acknowledged that his statements had attracted considerable backstage heat from members of the SmackDown! brand as well as Vince McMahon. Oh yes... tons of heat! I got lectured by Vince McMahon, The Undertaker and all the way down. I had good friends who just turned on me. Well, I thought they were good friends. Some of them are not with the company now. But I spoke from my heart then and I still feel that today. Maybe I chose the wrong forum to voice that opinion but I was speaking from the heart. When we were having that discussion we were talking about the competition between Raw and Smackdown. I didn't mention anybody on Raw, but there were guys on Raw I had the same sentiment about – who were absolutely lazy, had no passion and I thought should not be there. The same goes now. I'm putting my foot in my mouth again, but I still think there are guys on both shows who are lazy, couldn't care less and show no dedication.
    He was also on the cover of the April 2005 Flex magazine and Muscle & Fitness for September 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Moreover, Batista has acted and has guest starred in several television shows as both himself and in-character as Batista. He guest starred in the eighth episode of Season 6 of the American drama, action/adventure television series Smallville; he played an extraterrestrial alien named Aldar that escaped from the Phantom Zone, who sucks the bones out of people for nourishment.
    On 30 June, Batista was revealed as the last pick in the 2005 WWE Draft Lottery; he made a surprise appearance while JBL was celebrating his victory in a six-man elimination match to win the new SmackDown!
    More Details Hide Details Championship. JBL defeated Batista at The Great American Bash by disqualification after the referee saw Batista use a steel chair. They had a rematch at SummerSlam in a No Holds Barred match in which Batista pinned JBL. The feud culminated in a Bull Rope match with Batista retaining his championship. Soon after retaining the title in a feud with Eddie Guerrero, WWE.com reported that Batista suffered a muscle tear in his back at the taping for the 11 November episode of SmackDown! due to a double chokeslam from Big Show and Kane. Plans had been made for Batista to defend the title in a Triple Threat match with Eddie Guerrero and Randy Orton on 18 November episode, but the match did not take place due to the unexpected death of Guerrero on 13 November, the date of the taping. Batista paid homage to Guerrero during the SmackDown! and Raw tribute shows dedicated to Guerrero's memory.
    As 2005 began, Triple H realized the possibility of Batista becoming a threat to his World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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. In an attempt to persuade Batista to challenge WWE Champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield rather than him, Triple H concocted a scheme to have Batista run over in a limousine resembling the one used by Layfield. Initially, Dave did not want help from Evolution and wanted to confront JBL by himself. Triple H insisted that Evolution stick together and accompanied Dave anyway, saving him from the oncoming vehicle. Batista became aware of the plot while sneakily eavesdropping on fellow Evolution members and signed a contract guaranteeing him a match with the World Heavyweight Champion Triple H at WrestleMania 21, thus leaving Evolution and officially turning into a fan favorite. Batista initially pretended that he would sign with SmackDown!, giving Triple H and Flair the "thumbs up", but turned it into a "thumbs down" before attacking the pair. He emphasized his departure by powerbombing Triple H through the table used for the contract signing.
  • 2003
    Age 34
    Batista, however, was sidelined for much of 2003 after he tore his right triceps muscle at a Raw live event in a tag team match against the Dudley Boyz.
    More Details Hide Details While training after the injury, Batista re-tore his triceps, extending his stay on the sidelines. Batista made his return on 20 October 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. On 10 November episode of Raw, Goldberg defeated Batista by disqualification when Triple H interfered. At Armageddon, Batista took part in two matches; losing to Shawn Michaels in a singles match, and winning a tag team turmoil match along with Ric Flair to become one-half of the World Tag Team Champions. By the end of the event, all four members of Evolution held every male championship on Raw, with Triple H winning the World Heavyweight Championship and Randy Orton winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship. They held the title until the 16 February 2004 episode of Raw, when they were defeated by Booker T and Rob Van Dam. They later regained the title for a short period.
    In January 2003, Batista joined Triple H, Ric Flair and Randy Orton to form the villainous stable Evolution.
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  • 2002
    Age 33
    He began his WWE career on 9 May 2002 episode of SmackDown! as Deacon Batista, a villainous enforcer for Reverend D-Von.
    More Details Hide Details He made his WWE in-ring debut in a tag team match teaming with D-Von against Faarooq and Randy Orton, pinning Orton. Over several weeks, Orton tried to beat D-Von and Batista with different partners, but ultimately lost each time. Batista suffered his first loss in a match against Rikishi after D-Von accidentally punched him, allowing Rikishi to take advantage and pin Batista. Batista and D-Von argued over the forthcoming weeks, with Batista eventually turning on D-Von. After splitting with D-Von, he signed with Raw and was renamed Dave Batista (or simply Batista). He aligned himself with Ric Flair and feuded with Kane, whom he defeated at Armageddon.
  • 2000
    Age 31
    He made his Ohio Valley Wrestling debut in 2000 under the ring name Leviathan, where he immediately joined forces with Synn.
    More Details Hide Details 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. He later won the OVW Heavyweight Championship from "The Machine" Doug Basham before losing the belt to The Prototype. A few months later, Bautista left OVW after he was promoted to World Wrestling Entertainment.
    After trying out at World Championship Wrestling's Power Plant, Batista signed a contract with the WWF in 2000 and was sent to its developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he won the OVW Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details In August 2012, Bautista signed a contract with Classic Entertainment & Sports to fight in mixed martial arts.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    Batista married his second wife Angie on 13 October 1998, yet they divorced in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Before the age of 40, Batista had already become a grandfather of two grandsons: Jacob and Aiden by Keilani, his first daughter. During his marriage with Angie, Batista became an avid collector of vintage metal lunch boxes. He admits his favorite is the 1967 Green Hornet lunch box, as it has Bruce Lee on it. This collection started when he bought Angie an ET lunchbox and she did not want to break it, so he bought a second one. Batista revealed that he and Angie were separated in the August 2006 edition of WWE Magazine.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Age 0
    Born on January 18, 1969.
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