Batista was one of the most popular wrestlers of the modern era, having helped increase the popularity of this business around the world. Dave was a six-time world champion, as well as having held the World Tag Team Championship three times (twice with Ric Flair and once with John Cena) and once the WWE Tag Team Championship alongside Rey Mysterio.
It's impossible not to mention his affirmations at the Royal Rumble in 2005 and 2014, which allowed him to make further breakthroughs into the hearts of fans. 'The Animal' played his last WWE match at WrestleMania 35, where he was defeated by his friend and rival Triple H in a 'No Holds Barred Match'
Since 2010, Batista has confided that he wants to follow in The Rock's footsteps and break into the world of cinema. The former heavyweight champion has taken part in a large number of films in recent years, which have made him even more famous than he was previously.
In a recent interview with Lauren Larson for 'Men’s Health', Dave recalled the beginnings of his WWE career. The Animal told how Vince McMahon's federation didn't have big plans for his character.
Batista on his WWE career
"I couldn't be comfortable in that context" - revealed Batista, whose debut on the main roster dates back to 2002.
"The truth is that people didn't like me very much, I was doing something wrong and the company didn't know what to do. to reverse course. They had no idea what my role would be. There was a really toxic atmosphere.
You have to know that wrestling is a competitive and ruthless business, you don't have so many chances to show your talent” - he added. The Animal analyzed his transition to film: “I didn't want to be just the guy who came from wrestling if you know what I mean.
I immediately fell in love with acting, avoiding taking on those easy action roles in which I would have limited myself to hitting someone. I'm not ashamed of my past in wrestling, but I wanted people to see me in a different light."
Batista's first run with the company started in 2002, and he would later go on to join The Evolution stable in early 2003. This was the first big push that he received, even before becoming tag team champion with the legendary Ric Flair.
Even though Randy Orton was seemingly hand-picked to be the breakout babyface of Evolution, it was Batista who would eventually get h*t and become the real breakout babyface when he feuded with Triple H in 2005 heading into WrestleMania 21.
Batista's victory over Triple H was his coronation (the same night that John Cena was coronated) and he would end up staying on RAW for a few more months before moving to SmackDown and becoming the face of the brand.