The hardships in your life mold you to become the greatest. The bitter experiences you face increases the zeal to achieve something great. Apart from the mundane day to day situations, one has to work hard to grow more. All these aspects make a man to be best-known as The Animal. He is Dave Bautista.
David Michael Bautista Jr. famously known to the wrestling arena and the screen as Dave Bautista, was born on January 18, 1969, in Washington DC, USA. Donna Raye and David Michael Bautista were his parents. Because of some clashes within the family, they separated, and soon they divorced. Dave Bautista led a very miserable childhood. He had the experiences of leading a life in extreme poverty. He even theft automobiles when he was thirteen years old. He worked as a bouncer and lifeguard. At a point in his teens, he decided to become a wrestler to avoid all the dangers around him. Eventually, he took steps to achieve the desired goal.
After miserable comments by Lee Parker that Dave Bautista can't make it into wrestling, he tried his hand at different platforms. He got training from Afa Anoai and Marrese Crump. Then, he created the base for his career. As Leviathan, he got into the ring at Ohio Valley Wrestling in 2000, and soon, he won the OVW Heavyweight Championship. In 2002, he appeared for the program ‘SmackDown’, as Deacon Batista. He tasted some failures for a few months and after joining with ‘Raw’, he changed his name to Dave Bautista. Then, he along with Randy Orton, Ric Flair, and Triple H, teamed up to form ‘Evolution’. He had some wins and some losses in his career from then, and he attracted many teams.
As a wrestler, he won the World Heavyweight Championship for four times, and WWE Championship twice. To his credit, he also won the World Tag Team Championships, thrice, and the WWE Tag Team Championship, once. He also won the Royal Rumble Match in 2005. After the reentry, he won the Royal Rumble Match in 2014.
Apart from the wrestling career, he also has a successful film to add to that. He appeared in the villainous character of Brass Body in the 2012 blockbuster, The Man With The Iron Fist. Later, he played the role of Drax, the Destroyer, in the 2014 film, Guardians of Galaxy, directed by
James Gunn. Some of his movies include ‘
Spectre’, LA Slasher, etc.
Dave Bautista married Glenda, and they have two daughters. Then, he tied the knot to Angie and dancer Sarah Jade in 2006 and 2015, respectively. Dave Bautista also released his autobiography, Batista Unleashed, in 2007. He also had some allegations regarding the use of steroids.