1. David Michael “Dave” Bautista Jr. is an American actor and former professional mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, signed to WWE under the ring name Batista.
2. He is a six-time world champion, winning the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice.
3. He had the longest ever reign as World Heavyweight Champion, and has won the World Tag Team Championship three times .
4. He was the winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble match and went on to headline WrestleMania 21, one of the top five highest-grossing pay-per-view events in pro wrestling history.
5. Batista returned to WWE and won the 2014 Royal Rumble match, after which he headlined WrestleMania XXX.
6. 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, and defeating Vince Lucero via TKO in the first round.
7. He was representing the Philippines. He has also appeared in several direct-to-video films since 2009.
8. Bautista was born in Washington, D.C. His mother, Donna Raye , has Greek ancestry, and his father, David Michael Bautista, is the son of Filipino immigrants to the United States. His parents separated and eventually divorced.
9. His paternal grandfather served in the Philippine military, worked as a taxicab driver, barber, and held other jobs to feed the family.
10. Batista has said that he is not ashamed to admit he lived in poverty.
11. By age 17, Batista was considered estranged from his parents and on his own, despite admitting later: “I am proud of my parents.
12. He made his Ohio Valley Wrestling debut in 2000 under the ring name Leviathan, where he immediately joined forces with Synn. As a member of the Disciples of Synn stable, he went undefeated until being beaten at Christmas Chaos by Kane with help from Stone Cold Steve Austin.
13. He later won the OVW Heavyweight Championship from “The Machine” Doug Basham before losing the belt to The Prototype.
14. A few months later, Bautista left OVW after he was promoted to World Wrestling Entertainment.