United States
6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
290 lb (132 kg)
October 30, 1999
April 8, 2019
Date of Birth
January 18, 1969


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David Michael Bautista Jr., known by his ring name Batista, was born on January 18, 1969, in Washington D.C. Before entering the wrestling arena, Batista held various jobs, including that of a bouncer and a lifeguard. He eventually caught the attention of the World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and from there, his journey towards wrestling fame began.

Career History and Evolution

Batista’s wrestling career took off in the early 2000s when he joined WWE’s developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). From there, he was quickly moved up to the main roster and started wrestling on the brand Raw under the name “Deacon Batista.”
He then joined the group known as Evolution, which included other big names like Triple H, Ric Flair, and Randy Orton. This group propelled Batista into the spotlight, and he quickly began to make a name for himself in the industry.
Batista’s career went through a significant evolution when he decided to leave Evolution and take a stand against his former team members, particularly Triple H. This decision marked the rise of Batista as a solo performer and eventually led to him winning numerous championships.

Titles Won and Biggest Matches

Over the course of his career, Batista won the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice. He was also the winner of the 2005 and 2014 Royal Rumble matches.
Some of Batista’s most significant matches include his battles against Triple H at WrestleMania 21, where he won his first World Heavyweight Championship, and his showdown against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 23. Additionally, his ‘I Quit’ match against John Cena at Over the Limit in 2010 stands as one of the most brutal matches in his career.

Biggest Rivalries and Tag Team Partners

Batista had several major rivalries over the course of his career. Among the most memorable are his feuds with Triple H, The Undertaker, and John Cena. He was also a part of a notable rivalry with his former tag team partner, Rey Mysterio.
Speaking of tag team partners, Batista had notable partnerships with Rey Mysterio and Ric Flair. With Mysterio, Batista won the WWE Tag Team Championship, while he won the World Tag Team Championship with Ric Flair during their time in Evolution.

Family Life

Batista has been married three times and is the father of two daughters, Keilani and Athena. Despite the demands of his wrestling career, Batista has often spoken about the importance of family in his life.

Finishing Move, Clothing, and Entrance Music

Batista’s finishing move is the “Batista Bomb,” a sitout powerbomb that has taken down many formidable opponents. His signature move, “The Spinebuster,” is also a fan favorite.
In terms of attire, Batista is known for his trunks and wrestling boots, often adorned with a tribal sun design which is also tattooed on his navel. His entrance attire usually consists of a spotlight and pyrotechnics, creating a dramatic scene every time he steps into the arena.
Batista’s entrance music is “I Walk Alone” by Saliva, a song that perfectly encapsulates his intense and focused persona in the ring.


Batista officially retired from professional wrestling in 2019, but his impact on the industry remains undeniable. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2020, further cementing his legacy in the world of wrestling. Additionally, Batista has found considerable success in Hollywood, starring in major franchises like Guardians of the Galaxy and the James Bond series, showcasing his versatility as an entertainer.