David Michael Bautista, better known as Dave Batista or by the ring name Batista, is an American retired professional wrestler, actor, mixed martial artist, and bodybuilder. Batista is currently signed to the WWE under the Legends program.
David Michael Bautista, Jr. was born on January 18, 1969, in Washington, D.C., to Donna Raye (Mullins) and David Michael Bautista, a hairdresser. His father is Filipino, and his mother has Greek ancestry. By age 17, Bautista was estranged from his parents and lived on his own.
Bautista began wrestling in 1999 and signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 2000. From 2002 to 2010 he gained fame under the ring name Batista.
Batista has held the World Heavyweight Championship three times, the World Tag Team Championship 3 times (with Ric Flair (2) and John Cena (1)), the WWE Tag Team Championship once (with Rey Mysterio) and the WWE Championship once. He also won the Royal Rumble twice, one in 2005, and the other in 2014.
Batista departed WWE in 2010, but returned in January 2014 and immediately won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match to earn a WWE World Heavyweight Title opportunity at WrestleMania 30. The Animal tapped out to Daniel Bryan in the Triple Threat main event, but the loss did little to curb his ego. In the weeks that followed, the arrogant Batista realigned himself with Triple H and The Viper in a reformation of their Evolution grouping. Together, the trio looked to take out The Shield.
Bautista began acting in 2006 and has starred in The Man with the Iron Fists (2012), Riddick (2013), the James Bond film Spectre (2015), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). He is perhaps best known for his role as Drax in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portraying the character in the films Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He has also appeared in several direct-to-video films since 2009.
In August 2012, Bautista signed a contract with Classic Entertainment & Sports to fight in mixed martial arts. He won his MMA debut on October 6, 2012, defeating Vince Lucero via TKO in the first round.
Dave Bautista married his wife Angie on October 13, 1998, and has two daughters and one stepdaughter from a prior marriage, In 2006, Batista said that he and his wife are separated.
Dave Bautista married his first wife, Glenda, in 1990. They had two daughters named Keilani (born 1990) and Athena (born 1992) before divorcing in 1998. Before the age of 40, Bautista already had two grandsons (Jacob and Aiden) through Keilani.
Bautista married his second wife Angie on October 13, 1998. In 2006, Batista said that he and his wife are separated.
In October 2015, he married competitive pole dancer Sarah Jade.