David Michael Bautista, Jr. (born January 18, 1969), an American former professional wrestler, bodybuilder and actor best known for his time in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) from 2002 to 2010. In WWE, he became a six-time world champion, winning the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship two times. In addition to these championships, Batista has won the World Tag Team Championship three times (twice with Ric Flair and once with John Cena) and the WWE Tag Team Championship once (with Rey Mysterio). Batista was also the winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble match.
After trying out at World Championship Wrestling's Power Plant, Batista signed a contract with the WWF in 2000 and was sent to its developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he won the OVW Heavyweight Championship.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Professional wrestling career
o 2.1 Ohio Valley Wrestling (2000–2002)
o 2.2 World Wrestling Entertainment (2002–2010)
+ 2.2.1 Debut
+ 2.2.2 Evolution (2003–2005)
+ 2.2.3 SmackDown! (2005–2008)
+ 2.2.4 Return from injury (2006)
+ 2.2.5 Pursuit of the World Heavyweight Championship (2007)
+ 2.2.6 Return to Raw (2008–2009)
+ 2.2.7 Return from injury and departure (2009–2010)
* 3 Post-WWE
* 4 Media
* 5 Controversy
o 5.1 Criticism of WWE and TNA
* 6 Backstage problems
o 6.1 Incident with Booker T
o 6.2 Steroid allegations
* 7 Personal life
* 8 In wrestling
* 9 Championships and accomplishments
* 10 References
* 11 External links
Batista was born the son of David Michael Bautista, who is Filipino and Donna Raye Bautista, who is Greek. His parents separated (and eventually divorced). His paternal grandparents were also from the Philippines as his grandfather served in the military, worked as a taxicab driver, barber, and other jobs to feed the family. Batista says he is not ashamed to admit he lived in poverty.
He has publicly admitted to having a hard life where, as before he was age nine, three murders occurred on his front lawn. As young as age 13, he was stealing automobiles. By age 17, he was considered estranged from his parents and on his own, despite admitting later that "I am proud of my parents. They are good, honest, hard-working folks. They taught me the values of working hard." Batista became a regular bouncer for clubs until he was arrested after a fight that left two badly injured patrons, one of which could be found lying in the street. After a trial, he was sentenced to one year of probation. He was also a lifeguard before he pursued a career in bodybuilding. He credits bodybuilding as possibly saving his life.
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