Batista made WWE history, establishing himself as one of the best superstars of any era. The six-time world champion took part in several memorable feuds, which drove fans crazy and allowed him to transcend wrestling. During his exceptional career, Dave has won two editions of the Royal Rumble match and has racked up every conceivable accolade.
His first reign as heavyweight champion, which lasted a full 282 days, is the longest in the history of the title. Batista challenged Triple H at WrestleMania 35, announcing his retirement from wrestling soon after being defeated by The Game.
In recent years, the 53-year-old from Washington has successfully embarked on a film career following in the footsteps of The Rock and John Cena. In the latest edition of the 'To Be The Man' podcast, the legendary Ric Flair recalled his working experience with Batista during the 'Evolution' period.
In January 2003, Batista, Randy Orton, Ric Flair and Triple H teamed up to form one of the most popular stables of the modern era.
Ric Flair talks about Batista
“Well, Triple H didn't go out much at the time and Randy Orton had a lot of commitments.
The best moments are those I spent in the company of Batista” - said Ric Flair. “We used to go to bars in various cities and were always very well received. The girls really liked Dave. Hunter has spent more money on food than I have spent on buying drinks” - added the 16-time world champion.
The 'Nature Boy' also spoke of Edge: “I love him because he is able to do anything in the ring. He looks good, he is very good at the microphone and he is unrivaled in terms of charisma. He looked after his physique in an impeccable way, so much so that he is able to compete on an equal footing with opponents much younger than him.
I don't want to exaggerate, but I think he's better off now than he was ten years ago. He has no weaknesses and can work at full capacity, even if his contract does not provide for it." One such name is Batista, who wasn't included in the base roster of WWE' 13 and 2K17.
He, however, is a part of WWE 2K22 and is available to be unlocked as a playable character. The Animal's overall rating is 88, which is perhaps a bit low for a wrestler of his standard. Nonetheless, gamers won't be able to play like him from the very beginning. Rather, he must be unlocked as a playable superstar.