Recent fans may know Dave Bautista as Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy and from his other
Hollywood projects. But Batista is one of the greatest WWE superstars ever, having won the
World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice. Batista came
up through the OVW System, making his official WWE debut in 2002.
Over the years, Batista has accomplished much in WWE, from winning the Royal Rumble in
2005 and 2014. Batista has been the World Tag Team Champion on two different occasions,
with Ric Flair and John Cena and the WWE Tag Team Champion with Rey Mysterio on one
Batista is perhaps best known for his work with the heel stable Evolution. Comprising of Triple H,
Ric Flair and Randy Orton, in addition to Batista, the group has been part of many storylines from
as far back as 2003. The group also famously feuded with The Shield in 2013-14 and reunited
again for SmackDown 1000.
Batista has also tried his hand at Mixed Martial Arts once, holding a Purple Belt in Jiu-Jitsu.
Batista is 1-0 in MMA, having defeated Vince Lucero via TKO by TKO in the very first round.
He’s left WWE on two different occasions, firstly in 2010, when he mentioned that he did not like
the direction that the company was heading in. He left the company yet again in 2014, owing to
creative differences with the company. He has main evented both WrestleMania 21 and
WrestleMania XXX, two of the most notable editions of the massive event.
Batista was told in the WCW Power Plant that he would never make it in the business. He’s
certainly done well for himself since.