Batista appears on Talk is Jericho to discuss his recent WWE run, Guardians of the Galaxy and getting noticed on the streets.
The first big movie for me was “Man with the Iron Fist” and we went into downtown Shanghai. I had all these kids coming up to me and they were surprised because I was on TV. I’d been on TV for like ten years.
Batista accepts the charity Ice Bucket challenge in a tub full of ice before dumping the ice on his head.
Batista talks to TampaBay.com about his current absence from WWE and promoting Guardians of the Galaxy.
I put it aside for now, and that really had a lot to do with my obligations to Marvel. But it also had to do with the fact that WWE and I weren’t seeing eye-to-eye, creatively. The stuff they were doing with story lines just didn’t’t make sense to me. … I’d love to go back. I’m a professional wrestler at heart and I miss it. But I want to be there and be happy with what I’m doing.
Batista discusses WWE fans reacting poorly to his return to action and Wrestlemania with WWE.com
It wasn’t like a normal response. It was almost like a personal attack. It had to do with factors that were not in my control, factors and things that were going on in the company with other people, stuff that really had nothing to do with me.
Batista talks to WWE.com about his return to WWE and how he felt when he left.
Well, actually, I’d wanted to come back the day I left! I always planned on coming back, and I always tell people I wanted to come back much sooner. It was just that when I left, I wanted to accomplish certain things, and it just honestly took me a lot longer than I had hoped. But I’d always stayed in touch with a few of the boys, and I stayed in constant touch with (Triple H). When Hunter started being very involved in NXT, it was right here in Orlando, so I just started coming out, talking to him and we talked about me coming back after I wrapped on “Guardians.”
Wrestlemania 30 is held at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event is hosted by Hulk Hogan and features Danial Bryan vs Triple H, John Cena vs Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker (ending Undertaker’s 21 year undefeated streak), AJ Lee vs Naomi and Daniel Bryan vs Batista vs Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Batista returns to WWE on Monday Night RAW to confront Orton before the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
So I understand that you have some questions about my return. Let me make this as simple as possible and let me explain to you why I’m back. For that (pointing at the title belt). So whether it’s you or John Cena or someone else, I don’t care. I’m back to win the Royal Rumble match on Sunday, I’m back to be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and I am back to headline WrestleMania, so deal with it
Batista discusses his top accomplishments in WWE:
My biggest highlights were winning tag team gold with Ric Flair on two occasions, then of course winning my first World Championship in 2005 at WrestleMania 21 against Triple H is up there. Another WrestleMania match, even though I lost, was against The Undertaker in 2007 and that was probably the biggest match of my career.
Wrestlemania 26 is held at The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The event features Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes vs Ted DiBiase, Triple H vs Sheamus, Rey Mysterio vs CM Punk, Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon, Chris Jericho vs Edge, John Cena vs Batista and The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels in a retirement match.
Jericho defeats Batista on Monday Night RAW to recapture the World Heavyweight Championship.
Jericho substitutes for CM Punk in championship scramble match and defeats Batista, Rey Mysterio, Kane and JBL to claim the title.
Punk cashes in his Money in the Bank title shot to win the World Heavyweight Championship in his first appearance on WWE Monday Night RAW. He cashes in the shot on Edge, pinning him after an attack from Batista leaves him unconscious in the ring.
Wrestlemania 24 is held at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The event features boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. vs Big Show, JBL vs Finlay, Batista vs Umaga, Shawn Michaels vs Ric Flair in a retirement match and The Undertaker vs Edge.
Undertaker defeats Batista in single’s competition for the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 23.
Wrestlemania 23 is held at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The event features The Undertaker vs Batista, Chris Benoit vs MVP, Great Khali vs Kane, Bobby Lashley with Donald Trump vs Umaga with Vince McMahon in which the losing billionaire has their head shaved and John Cena vs Shawn Michaels.
SmackDown officially moves to Friday nights with first broadcasts in new slot. The event features Ken Kennedy vs Paul London, Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio and Batista vs JBL.
Wrestlemania 21 is held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The event features a 30 man battle royal, Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero, The Undertaker vs Randy Orton, Kurt Angle vs Shawn Michaels, John Cena vs JBL and Batista vs Triple H.
Batista (David Michael Bautista) is born in Washington, D.C. He grows up in a tough neighborhood, claiming to witness many traumatic events as a child.
We saw a couple of people die. There were fights all the time, stabbings were common. That’s all I knew. It didn’t seem out of the norm to me. Yes, there was a dead body in the alley, but I was still out there playing with my friends.