Batista: WWE Career, Championships, and Journey to Hollywood Stardom

Bio

Batista is a retired professional wrestler and an American actor. He had been one of the most successful stars of WWE, Who remained active in the promotion for more than a decade and quickly became a top star of the rise. He was also extremely popular throughout his WWE career.

Batista Height, Weight, Age & More:

Batista had one of the best physics in WWE. His billed height was 6’5″ in WWE; sometimes he is mentioned as 6’4″. He weighs 290 lbs. but when he made his main roster debut, Lilian Garcia announced that his weight was 318 lbs. Right now, he is 54 years old.

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Batista. Image Credits: Twitter

Batista: Age, Height, Weight, Wife, Net Worth, Family, Injury Details, Tattoo, and Other Unknown Facts

Batista Early Life

Batista was born on January 15, 1969. Washington, DC, was the place where Batista was born. He had to spend his childhood in poverty, which was pretty tricky. While speaking about his parents, he said, “I am proud of my parents. They are good, honest, hard-working folks. They taught me the value of working hard.”

Who is Batista

Batista is an American actor and a retired professional wrestler who worked in WWE for over a decade. He had been one of the most famous stars of WWE during his time and is also a former six-time WWE world champion. He is also a successful movie star, and right now, he is famous for the role of Drax, the Destroyer of the Marvel Universe.

Batista WWE Debut

Batista made his WWE debut back in 2000. After he signed a professional contract with the promotion, he started working on the Ohio Valley Wrestling, which was the development territory of the rise back then. He made his main roster debut in 2002 as the enforcer of D-Von Dudley, who was playing the character of Reverend D-Von.

Professional Wrestling Career

Early Days

Batista joined the world of professional wrestling in 1999, and at first, he tried his luck in WCW but could not find a breakthrough. He then signed with WWE back in 2000 and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling, which was the development territory of the promotion back in those days.

OVW – Undefeated Streak

He was successful in the Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he worked for two years. In the OVW, his ring name was Leviathan, and he remained undefeated for quite a long time in the brand before WWE Legend Kane finally ended the streak. He has also been a one-time OVW Heavyweight champion.

Main Roster Debut

He made his main roster debut in 2002 after WrestleMania X8. At first, he was presented as the enforcer of Tag Team Legend D-Von Dudley, who was trying his luck as a singles wrestler while playing a completely different character called Reverend D-Von. Batista worked as the enforcer of D-Von for several months before abandoning him.

Evolution

Soon after he abandoned D-Von, he became a member of the Evolution faction led by Triple H. The other faction members were Randy Orton and 16-time former World Champion Ric Flair. Evolution is still considered one of the best factions in WWE history. It was one of the biggest attractions of Monday Night RAW till early 2005.
After joining Evolution, Batista mostly worked as a mid-card. He worked as a tag team with Ric Flair, and together, they won the WWE World Tag Team Championship two times in total. He also received significant victories during his mid-card run as a member of the Evolution and has always been treated as a potent force.

Babyface Turn

His main event push started in early 2005 when he went on to win the WWE Royal Rumble match of the mentioned year. He then turned babyface for the first time in his leading roster career after he challenged for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 21. Before turning babyface, he was already pretty much over with the fans.

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Batista. Image Credits: Twitter

World Heavyweight Champion

At WrestleMania 21, he defeated his former teammate Triple H and won the World Heavyweight Championship. WrestleMania 21 is recognized as one of the most critical events in WWE history since it produced two of the biggest legends for the future by giving them their first World titles: Batista and John Cena.

Professional Information Table

 
Ring Name
Batista
 
Batista Nick Names
The Animal
 
Profession(s)
Professional Wrestler
 
Batista Height
6’1″
 
Finn Balor Weight
290 lbs.
 
Relationship Status
Single
 
Finn Balor’s Net Worth
$16 Million
 
Finn Balor Eye Color
Dark Brown
 
Hair Color
Brown
 
Wrestling Debut
1999
 
Mentor
Ric Flair
 
Finn Balor Signature Moves
Spinebuster, Clothesline, Spear
 
Finishing Move(s)
Batista Bomb
 
Theme Song / Finn Balor Song / Finn Balor Music
I Walk Alone
 
Catchphrases
*

 

Batista Net Worth & Salary

Batista might not be one of the wealthiest stars of either WWE or Hollywood, but he is more prosperous than many top WWE stars. According to reports from Sportskeeda, his net worth is around $16 million. He is not signed with WWE but gets a remuneration of $1 million from the WWE, according to reports from Sportskeeda.

Batista Family

Dave was born in Washington, DC, and had a tough childhood. He grew up in poverty, forcing him to do illegal acts at a very young age. His father, David Michael Bautista, was a Hairdresser. He got married three times, and he got divorced all three times. Right now, he is not married to anyone.

Championships and Accomplishments

‘The Animal’ has won multiple prestigious championships from WWE and all the promotions he worked in. He won a total of six World Championships from WWE. But he did not get to win any mid-card Championship apart from the Tag Team titles since his focus mostly remained on the world championships of the promotion.

Batista Championships and Accomplishments Table

 
 
 
Championships and Accomplishments / Trophy (WWE)
WWE Championship (2 times), World Heavyweight Championship (4 times), World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Ric Flair (2) and John Cena (1), WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Rey Mysterio, Royal Rumble (2005, 2014)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Awards & Achievements (Outside WWE)
The Baltimore Sun – Feud of the Year (2007) vs. The Undertaker
OVW Heavyweight Championship (1 time),
Pro Wrestling Illustrated – Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2005), Wrestler of the Year (2005), Ranked No. 1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2005,
PPW Television Championship (1 time),
World Xtreme Wrestling – Hall of Fame (2013)
Wrestling Observer Newsletter – Feud of the Year (2005) vs. Triple H, Feud of the Year (2007) vs. The Undertaker, Most Overrated (2006)
 
 
 
Records
*

Personal life & Lifestyle

Batista married three times, and he had divorced from all of them. He does not have a wife right now, but there are rumors that the former six-time WWE World Champion is dating a WWE star and former fifteen-time WWE 24/7 Champion Dana Brooke.
Batista Cars – The Animal has a total of seven luxurious at this moment. His Chevrolet Impala is worth $54,000, Hummer H2 is worth $70,000, BMW 745 Li is worth $72,000, Mercedes CLS500 is worth $120,000, Porsche Cayenne is worth $93,400, and Lamborghini Murcielago is worth $220,000.

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Batista. Image Credits: Twitter

Personal Information Table

 
Batista Real Name / Full Name
Batista
 
Birth Date     
 
January 18, 1969
 
Batista Age
54
 
Relationship Status
 
Single
 
Zodiac Sign
 
Capricorn
 
Birthplace
 
Washington DC
 
Nationality
American
 
Hometown
Washington DC
 
School/College/University
 
St. Cronan’s School
 
Educational Qualification
 
No Information Available
 
Religion
Christianity
 
Batista Ethnicity
Filipino and Greek
 
Current Residence
Tampa, Florida
 
Hobbies
Collecting vintage lunchboxes
 
Batista Tattoo
He has a total of 27 tattoos on his whole body

Batista Movies and TV Shows

Dave Bautista is a pretty successful movie star and one of the biggest attractions of the Marvel Universe movies as he plays the role of Drax the Destroyer. He started his movie journey in 2006 in the film Relative Strangers with an uncredited cameo appearance. Soon, he began to become more regular in Hollywood, and right now, he is one of the industry’s top stars.

Batista Wife

Right now, Batista is not married to anyone. But he had three marriages in the past. In 1990, he married Glenda and lived with her for eight years. They divorced in 1998, and in the same year, he married Angie Bautista, and they divorced in 2006. In 2015, he got married again; this time, he married Sarah Jade and divorced in 2019.

Main Event Promotion and Success

Main Event Success

After winning the new World Heavyweight Championship, Batista became one of the biggest stars of WWE. Triple H helped him to become a top star of the promotion. Batista received three back-to-back victories over Triple H, which helped him build him as a top star.

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Batista. Image Credits: Twitter

Following his title win, he had multiple top feuds. One of his best feuds was against John Cena, which started at SummerSlam 2008. Batista was a concrete main event star throughout his WWE career and was never demoted as long as he was active.

Heel Turn

While having a few with Rey Mysterio, he turned heel once again. Batista and Rey Mysterio previously worked as a tag team, but later, ‘The Animal’ turned on his kayfabe best friend, and the duo had an intense feud. It was one of the most entertaining rivalries of the time.

Decision to Leave

In 2010, he decided to leave WWE as he was unhappy with the promotion’s direction. He accepted it when he said he “did not like the direction the company was going in.” He was pretty over by the time he left, and his fans were extremely disappointed by his decision.

Return – Royal Rumble Win

In early 2014, he returned to WWE again and participated in the Royal Rumble match. He went on to win the Royal Rumble match and got the opportunity to challenge Randy Orton for the Undisputed WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXX. WWE wanted to build a dream match between the two for the grandest stage of them all.

Heat – WrestleMania XXX Main Event

But this time, things did not go pretty well for Bautista. The fans did not want him on the main event of WrestleMania XXX as most of them were routing for the fan favorite Daniel Bryan to feature on the main event of the grandest stage even though WWE had other plans for both Bryan and Batista.
The Animal was receiving terrible reactions from the fans, and he was supposed to be the fan favorite in this upcoming WWE championship match. WWE had no other option but to add Daniel Bryan in this WWE Championship match, and they also had to let him when the main event of WrestleMania XXX. Batista’s return could not be executed as it was planned.
He worked in WWE for several months and was also a part of the Evolution reunion against the Shield. After remaining active in WWE for a few months, he left again. He was supposed to be the WWE champion after WrestleMania XXX, but the fans were not ready to accept him.

WrestleMania 35 – Feud with Triple H

In 2019, he returned to WWE; this time, he returned to have a dream rematch with Triple H at WrestleMania 35. Finally, Batista lost a match against Triple H at the mentioned venue. He did not return after that. It is reported that he was offered the Hall Of Fame induction in the class of 2021, but he rejected it.

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Batista. Image Credits: Twitter

Iconic Quotes From Batista

“The pressure is always stepping on stage with actors who are just so well-established. It’s a scary thing. I haven’t been around the block often, especially not on big projects. Dialogue makes things easier. It becomes comfortable and conversational when you start bouncing dialogue off other actors.”
“Drax isn’t your average stereotypical soldier/warrior/musclehead. He has some depth. It was a character I wanted to play, not only because I love acting so much, but I also needed to play to get people to take me seriously as an actor and get away from the pro wrestling label.”
“My first acting lessons were Shakespeare. The first time I ever started working with a coach was doing scenes from ‘Measure for Measure,’ which were tough dramatic scenes. And then ‘Taming of the Shrew,’ which required comedic timing. And that’s the kind of stuff I love.”
“I’m particular about the projects that I’ve chosen. Each one of them, I’ve taken a step up, like climbing a ladder. Before, it was baby steps up to ‘Riddick.’ Then I took this huge leap onto ‘Guardians!’ It was such a higher level, this huge project which originally I never thought I’d have a chance in hell of getting.”
“I had been struggling to get roles in Hollywood for three and a half years after leaving the WWE. Then, I finally got an agent – the agent I have now. He’s a great guy, but he turned me down three times before deciding to take me on as a client.”
“I was sitting on stage at a press conference one day and lost touch with reality. I just thought: ‘Vin Diesel sits beside me, and Benicio Del Toro’s on the other side. This is weird, man.”
“It was always one of my favorite things, the action figures, the video games, when I was with WWE, even though I’m not a gamer. I would go out and buy the games to play myself.”
H/T – Brainy Quote

Notable Feuds and Rivalries of Batista

Bautista had many big feuds throughout his professional wrestling career. But his feud with Triple H has to be the most crucial feud of his professional wrestling career, mainly the one from 2005. This is the feud that established him as the top star of WWE. Triple H helped him become one of the biggest stars of both WWE and the wrestling world.
Bautista’s feud with John Cena was also pretty fun. It began at Royal Rumble 2005 but picked up this in 2008 when the duo faced each other at the SummerSlam event of the year. Apart from John Cena, Rey Mysterio was also a great rival of Batista during his time. This feud was also pretty entertaining.

Batista Injury

Batista suffered multiple injuries throughout his professional wrestling career, but the most important was his triceps injury in early 2006. He was forced to vacate the Championship, which somehow affected his big boobs, as he could have walked into WrestleMania 22 as the World Heavyweight champion.

Other Details

Since Dave grew up in absolute poverty, he got involved in some illegal acts. He only stole cars at the age of 13, and by 17, he started living alone. He had a tough childhood, and Right now, he is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. His journey is inspiring. It can inspire millions.

 
Batista Salary
$1 million
 
Brand Endorsements
Smirnoff
 
Sponsors
*
 
Charity
Various charities

 

Social Media Accounts

‘The Animal’ is active on Twitter and Instagram from his various accounts. His verified account on Twitter has a total following of 1.4 million people. The Hollywood star is also active on Instagram and has a verified account. It can observe 4.7 million people. Stay in touch with him by clicking here: Batista Twitter, Batista Instagram.

Batista Win-Loss Record

PromotionWin %Draw %Loss %
HWA1 (100.00%)0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)
N/A1 (100.00%)0 (0.00%)0 (0.00%)
OVW24 (72.73%)0 (0.00%)9 (27.27%)
WWE247 (59.52%)26 (6.27%)142 (34.22%)
WWF5 (71.43%)0 (0.00%)2 (28.57%)
TOTAL278 (60.83%)26 (5.69%)153 (33.48%)
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Batista. Image Credits: Twitter

Batista Manager

Bautista did not have any regular managers in his WWE career. However, he had been managed by several wrestlers. When he was a member of Evolution, professional wrestling Legend Ric Flair used to appear as his manager in almost all of his matches. After he was out of Evolution, he had been accompanied by several wrestlers during his games, primarily by his then Tag Team partners.

FAQS

Q. When did Batista start wrestling?
A. Finn Balor started working in 1999
Q. How tall is Batista in feet?
A. Batista is 6’4″ tall in feet
Q. Who is Batista’s manager?
A. Batista does not have a manager. However, Ric Flair worked as his manager previously
Q. What is the current Batista song?
A. Batista uses the song ‘I Walk Alone.’
Q. Who is Batista’s mother?
A. Batista’s mother was Donna Raye Bautista
Q. Who is Batista’s father?
A. Batista’s father was David Michael Bautista
Q. Who is currently Batista’s girlfriend?
A. There are rumors that Batista is currently dating WWE star Dana Brooke
Q. Who is Finn Balor’s brother?
A. No information available
Q. How much is Batista worth?
A. Batista’s net worth is something around $16m
Q. How many times has Batista won the WWE World title?
A. Batista had been a six times WWE World Champion
Q. When did Batista win his first WWE World title?
A. Batista won his first World title at WrestleMania 21

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