FULL NAME   David Michael Bautista Jr.
BORN   January 18, 1969
HEIGHT   6 ft 6 in
NATIONALITY   United States
RELATION(S)   Sarah Jade (m. 2015), Angie Bautista (m. 1998–2006), Glenda Bautista (m. 1990–1998)


David Michael Bautista Jr. was born on January 18, 1969, in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. He began his career as a professional wrestler in 1999, and signed his first contract with World Wrestling Federation in the year 2000. He was soon a popular name amongst wrestling fans having won the World Championship for a total of six times.

Personal Life

Dave Bautista got married his first wife, Glenda, in 1990. They have two daughters together, Keilani and Athena. They got divorced in 1998. Batista then married Angie Batista, on October 13, 1998. They gave birth to a boy and named him Oliver. Angie and Batista got divorced in 1998. In October 2015, he married competitive pole dancer Sarah Jade. They separated in early 2019.

OVW - Ohio Valley Wrestling

Ohio Valley Wrestling, held in Louisville, Ky., has been providing WWE with its future Superstars since forever. Before joining WWE and becoming The Animal,Dave Batista was a wrestler at OVW. At Ohio Valley Wrestling, Batista had a demonic glare in his eyes and sharp fangs that intimidated anyone in his path. He was given nicknames such as “Demon of the Deep” and “Guardian of the Gates of Hell.”


In January 2003, Batista teamed up with Triple H, Ric Flair and Randy Orton to form Evolution. The Evolution as a group was quite villainous in nature. Batista, however, was a mere spectator throughout most of Evolution's 2003 endeavors, due to his right triceps muscle being torn at a match against Brock Lesnar. Evolution had their ups and down but by the end of Armageddon, all four members of Evolution held every male championship on Raw, with Triple H winning the World Heavyweight Championship and Randy Orton winning the Intercontinental Championship.

But as 2004 began, Batista started slowly moving apart from his teammates often disgusted by their villainous acts. The team tore apart when Batista entered and won the 2005 Royal Rumble even after Triple H's constant persuasions to do not even enter the event and help Triple H retain his World Heavyweight title instead. This act of Batista slowly lead to the eventual split of the Evolution.


WWE Return

Batista returned in 2013 to confront WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton on the January 20 Raw. He also publicly vowed to win the 2014 Royal Rumble match and become champion at WrestleMania XXX. He eventually went on to win the 2014 Royal Rumble by eliminating Roman Reigns.

At the Elimination Chamber event, Batista was heavily booed by the fans during his matches against Alberto Del Rio. Despite his continuous efforts, Batista couldn't get the fans to side with him. His last attempt to win over the fans was overturned by Daniel Bryan as Daniel Bryan forced him out by submission in a triple threat match involving them and Randy Orton. Batista soon left WWE after his humiliating loss. The reason which was stated was 'creative differences'.

On October 16, 2018, Batista reunited with the rest of Evolution for an appearance on the thousandth episode of SmackDown. Batista returned to Raw and attacked Ric Flair backstage. He wanted to end Triple H's career and challenged him to a match which could very well end their careers. But Batista lost in the No-holds-barred match to Triple H on April 7, 2019.


After leaving WWE, Batista wanted to pursue MMA. He had already shown an interest in competing in mixed martial arts and this was a perfect opportunity for him to do so. On June 21, 2010, Bautista announced that he would be beginning his MMA career. He earned his purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after receiving training from Cesar Gracie.

Bautista was to make his MMA debut against Rashid Evans on October 6, 2012 at Classic Entertainment and Sports: Real Pain in Providence, Rhode Island. However, due to Evans’ imprisonment due to probation violation he was ruled out of the match. With Batista's MMA debut still on for the event, eventually Evans was replaced by journeyman and 40-fight veteran Vince Lucero. However, Batista defeated Lucero by TKO at 4:05 in the very first round.

Championships and Achievements

OVW Heavyweight Championship - 1 time
Pro Wrestling Illustrated   1 time
Most Improved Wrestler of the Year 2005   1 time
Wrestler of the Year 2005   1 time
Ranked No. 1 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2005   1 time
World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE   1 time
World Heavyweight Championship-   4 times
World Tag Team Championship-   3 times with Ric Flair and John Cena
WWE Championship-   2 times
WWE Tag Team Championship-   1 time with Rey Mysterio
Royal Rumble- 2005, 2014   2 times
World Xtreme Wrestling   2 times
WXW Hall of Fame- Class of 2013   2 times
Wrestling Observer Newsletter   2 times
Feud of the Year 2005 vs. Triple H; 2007 vs. The Undertaker   2 times
Most Overrated 2006   2 times


Ring Names

Dave Bautista
Deacon Batista
Khan, Leviathan
The Animal

Theme Music

Eyes Of Righteousness
I Walk Alone
Line In The Sand
Signature Moves
Spear, Spinebuster
Finishing Moves
Batista Bomb, Sit-Down Powerbomb or Suplex Pin, Chair Guillotine, Chair DDT


2006   Relative Strangers
2009   My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
2010   Wrong Side of Town
2011   House of the Rising Sun
2011   The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption
2012   The Man with the Iron Fists
2013   Riddick
2014   Guardians of the Galaxy
2015   L.A. Slasher
2015   Spectre
2015   Heist
2016   The Boss
2016   Kickboxer: Vengeance
2016   Marauders
2016   The Warriors Gate
2017   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
2017   Bushwick
2017   Blade Runner 2049
2018   Avengers: Infinity War
2018   Hotel Artemis
2018   Escape Plan 2: Hades
2018   Final Score
2018   Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy
2019   Avengers: Endgame
2019   Stuber
2019   Escape Plan: The Extractors
2019   My Spy
2020   Dune

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