Batista The Animal

Name: Batista

Height: 6 foot 5

Weight: 290 pounds

From: Washington, D.C.

Signature Move: Batista Bomb

Career Highlights: World Heavyweight Champion; WWE Tag Team Champion; World Tag Team Champion; 2005 Royal Rumble winner


Dave Batista has been “The Animal” since childhood, in temper if not in name. Raised in a rough part of southeast Washington, D.C., he describes himself as being “a skinny kid with asthma and a bad size complex”—and a penchant for getting into trouble with authorities. He spent a few years in San Francisco after his parents separated, until his mother sent the troubled teen to live with his father in suburban Virginia. By the time he turned 17, he was estranged from both parents, living on his own, and still getting into trouble.

For the better part of 10 years, Batista spent his days training and competing as a bodybuilder, and his nights “bouncing in clubs, floating from here to there.” (He’s still amazed that one club he worked at is less than two blocks from Washington D.C.’s MCI Center, where he defended his World Heavyweight Championship against JBL at SummerSlam in 2005.) His drifting stopped the night he unleashed his explosive temper on two patrons who had attacked his fellow bouncers. “By the time I was finished with them,” he relates, “they were lying on the ground with their eyes rolling in the back of their heads. I was very scared they were going to die.” They didn’t, but the incident did result in Batista’s arrest, a year’s probation, and his decision to make radical changes in his life.

Enrolling in Wild Samoan Afa’s wrestling school in Allentown, Pa., Batista admits that at first he saw sports-entertainment simply as “a way to make a living”—until he was told at a WCW tryout that he didn’t have the chops to make it as a wrestler. “That lit a fire under my ass. Wrestling became an obsession that I fell in love with. I completely redirected my training and philosophies, redesigned my body and mental outlook. I just really wanted to be an athlete and an entertainer.”

Though his personal perseverance brought him to WWE in May 2002, Batista credits former Evolution colleagues Triple H and Ric Flair with developing “a muscleheaded goofball” into a World Heavyweight Champion, one who backs his composed words and demeanor with an explosive fury befitting his nickname. He considers himself neither a leader nor a follower in the locker room (“I’m just a loner, I keep to myself,” he insists), but inside the ring, on the covers of muscle mags like FLEX, and even once against budding Superman Tom Welling on the CW network series “Smallville,” “The Animal” is clearly a dominant species. A dominant species who, by the way, has collected more than 50 vintage tin lunchboxes. Our advice: respect this six-foot-five, 285-pound beast and his 1967 Green Hornet sandwich container (sporting Bruce Lee’s face on the front), which he cherishes among his most prized possessions. You’ll live longer.

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Published in: on April 10, 2007 at 8:08 pm  Comments (25)  

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  1. Hey its reece from Washington DC I just want to say your amazing!

  2. Hey its reece from Washington DC I just want to say your amazing! ps please wright back

  3. Hey Its Chelsea From England UK

    I Just want to say …

    Batista your the best

    Love ya

    Chelsea xxxxxx

  4. hi batista your the best in the world your my favoriteof all time batista makes sport entertanment and i don’t say that to often

  5. hey batista i love you when your playing and even when you loose some matches i still love you by the im from the same place where you where BATISTA YOU ROCK AND YOU ARE AMAZING i wish i could see you and have your autograph

    loads of love batista fan
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    ps. i hope your single ha ha

  6. Batista u r the one of the coolest wrestler. I love to hearing your entrance music. it’s u who take the world heavyweight championship from triple-h,from the great khali from undertaker and now it’s time for edge. i’m don’t like edge. So, take back your championship belt “ANIMAL” BEST OF LUCK. monu from india

  7. dear bastista

  8. DERA BASITA I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND U R THE BEST

  9. y do u cheat

  10. Batista is my favourite wrestler,He is gifted from heavean
    PLEASE CAN YOU HELP ME BY SENDING ME YOUR PICTURE

  11. I LOVE YOU BATISTA!!! UR HAPPILY ONE OF MY FAVORITE SUPERSTARS IN THE HISTORY OF TH WWE AND THE WORLD AND IT WOULD REALLY MAKE ME HAPPY IF YOU WOULD SEND ME UR E-MAIL

  12. ur the best wrestler ever man ur much much beter than the undertaker ur just the best

  13. hi its me again ur body is the best iv ever seen could u jst write bk and send ur pic ur the the best

  14. you have a very sexy body and you are so handsome

  15. Hey Batista u r the best and i sure hope u can beat that son of a bitch cm punk i hate him i use to like him but that was on the past i think u r amazing i love ur body and i am really sure that the world heavyweight title would look really good on your gourges waist and i think every single of ur fans think the same way. LOVE U AND I HOPE YOU WIN AT THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH!!!!

  16. Batista is the coolest so if you have any thing to say about him just keep it to your self.

  17. dave batista u r soooooooo awsome can u send me mail at swantongio@sbcglobal.net.

  18. hey dave whats going on im so glad ur back i was wondering if u was ever going to come back or not i hope u tear randy orton in half lol im a fan of urs been since u started the wwe i would love too meet u one day in person that would be so cool hope ur doing better since u been out hurt and all i think ur so alsome maybe one day ill get big and strong like u lol

  19. hey batista u r a great wrestler and ur really hot so i hope wen u come bac u inialite randy orton!!!! write me bac on my yahoo please ..

  20. batista is lun.

  21. hay Batista i love u.u r the best.n i want to see u.

  22. I LOVE YOU Batista.anwar from pakistan.

  23. u r a monster and my fav wrester

  24. Dave,
    Just want you to know you’re the reason I watch WWE. Before I saw you I never sat thru a full episode of WWE. I have been a fan of yours since then =)
    God bless and keep you safe! Shari

  25. batista you r the worst wwe superstar leave john cena alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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