Batista became famous all over the world thanks to his successes in WWE, the federation in which he served from 2002 to 2010, before returning in 2014 and 2019. In addition to being a six-time world champion, Dave has won three times the World Tag Team Championship and once the WWE Tag Team Championship alongside Rey Mysterio.
He has also won two editions of the Royal Rumble match and his first reign as heavyweight champion, which lasted a whopping 282 days, is the longest in the history of the title. After leaving WWE, the 53-year-old from Washington embarked on a successful film career, following in the footsteps of two bona fide giants like The Rock and John Cena.
'The Animal' auditioned with WCW back in 1999, but the deal did not go through. In a long conversation on Sportskeeda, Buddy Lee Parker explained why Batista never set foot in WCW.
Batista was close to WCW
"It is true that Batista auditioned with WCW in the late 1990s.
I was a little curt with him because I knew WCW had no intention of taking him. I haven't been nice to Dave, but I think I've done him a favor. I had already guessed at the time that WWE was the right place for him. He still has it with me for that episode.
Looking at his career development, I think it was the best thing that happened to him. WCW did not have a suitable program for him and there was a serious risk that his growth path would be interrupted" - said Buddy Lee Parker.
Interviewed by 'JoBlo.com' a few days ago, Batista threw a jab at The Rock: "I'm trying to take another path than him. The Rock is the classic example of an actor who focuses everything on physicality, while I have other goals.
I don't want just my overflowing strength to emerge. The Rock is a wrestler who has adapted to the cinema, but I want to be an actor." Speaking to WSI's James Romero, the 42-year-old recalled that John Laurinaitis, WWE's Head of Talent Relations, advised her to resolve the matter by shaking Batista's hand.
However, things did not go her way at all: "I would go to shake his hand like we're supposed to, and he wouldn't shake my hand," said Martinez. "And I'm like, 'What the f am I supposed to do?' Whatever!
So, Johnny Ace [John Laurinaitis] kind of followed up with me a few weeks later. I was like, 'Dude, he won't shake my hand.' And what he [Batista] started to do — he would, in catering, shake everyone's hand at the table but mine."