Former WWE legend Batista turned 52 on January 18, 2021. Through his official Instagram profile, Dave has posted a series of photos that testify to his amazing physical shape, even considering the former champion's age of the world.
'The Animal' made its way onto the WWE main roster in 2002, quickly becoming one of the best heels out there on Raw (thanks also to stable Evolution). Batista then began a long feud with his mentor Triple H, culminating in the epic fight at WrestleMania 21, which allowed him to clinch his first-ever world title.
After leaving the Stamford-located federation in 2010, the Washington superstar made a brief return in 2014. His last official appearance dates back to WrestleMania 35, where he faced his eternal rival Triple H and then announced his permanent retirement from wrestling.
Over the past few years, the two-time Royal Rumble winner has landed in Hollywood as an actor, participating in several films and film sagas. In a recent interview with the Daily Dead, Batista admitted that his stint in 2014 was a far cry from expectations on the eve.
Batista retired from wrestling after WrestleMania 35
“I really sucked. What happened had nothing to do with me, there were so many problems behind the scenes. The company was the main obstacle. They really laughed at me, every day I banged my head against the wall.
I wish people knew when I struggled to be there and to deliver the best performance I could. However, I cannot deny that it has been a daily struggle with the federation. I would call it a nightmare in some ways ”- said Batista.
"What most fans don't realize is that I had to leave because of the shooting of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' They wanted me to stay a few more months to work with Daniel Bryan, but it didn't make much sense to me ”- he concluded.
‘The Animal’ revealed that he stretched his last WWE run for an extra month before leaving for his film’s promotion during which they wanted him to work another pay-per-view with Daniel Bryan. According to him, that did not make any sense as he and Bryan already had a great match at WrestleMania 30.
“What most fans don’t realize is that I stayed an extra month. The reason I had to leave was that I had to go and do press for Marvel for Guardians of the Galaxy. They were actually nice enough to let me stay an extra month.
They wanted me to stay that extra month and work with Daniel Bryan at another pay-per-view, but I just thought that didn’t even make sense. We were just starting the Evolution thing, so why couldn’t we run with that instead of me putting Daniel over again, which I just did at WrestleMania? We’re not going to have a better match there than we did at Mania.
Let’s just work more with Evolution and build these guys up. So we did. Then right after we built the hell out of them and they were so strong as a unit, they broke them all up. I said, ‘What is wrong with you guys?”