An animal will be unleashed on this year’s occasion of WrestleMania. As reported first by The People, Batista is going to be the latest member to join the WWE Hall of Fame.
He is likely to be the headliner for the class of 2020 induction ceremony. With all the accomplishments that he has, it’s safe to say he deserved to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, for sure.
Batista aka Dave Bautista signed with the formerly known-WWF in 2000, joining their then-developmental territory named Ohio Vally Wrestling. He debuted on TV in 2002 as an enforcer for Reverend D’Von before getting selected for Triple H’s Evolution also featuring Ric Flair and Randy Orton.
GIVE HIM WHAT HE WANTS?
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Batista has never looked back from there. Winning the tag team gold was the first step for him before he picked up the World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H at WrestleMania 21.
He also won two Royal Rumble matches since then alongside five more world titles. He sounded pretty excited but nervous to have a part in this upcoming Hall of Fame ceremony.
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“Vince [McMahon] called me personally to ask me, I was just … I wasn’t surprised, but I was pretty happy. It’s a good feeling, it’s a really great feeling,” Batista stated. “As soon as I hung up the phone, I was … and excuse my language, I was like, ‘S–t, I gotta give a speech.’ ”
We have not received Batista as a full-time role in the WWE since 2010 as his contract expired. He entered the Hollywood industry to earn some mainstream fame. He featured in James Bond films, Riddick and Blade Runner. But the role of Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has given him fame.
“I don’t think it’s sunk in,” Batista added. “And I was thinking about it because I mean, it seems like a long journey, but it also feels like yesterday when I started my career. And it also feels… because I’m still working so much, it doesn’t feel like an end of a journey.”
The final in-ring appearance for Batista was a No Holds Barred Match against Triple H at WrestleMania 35 this year. He lost and announced retirement right after that night in a lengthy post on Instagram.