Dave Bautista is widely known as a former professional wrestler. Dave Bautista participated in WWE from 2002 to 2010 and the final run from 2018 to 2019.
On January 18, 1969, Dave Michael Bautista Jr. was born in Washington, DC. As of now, he is 53 years old. He was born to his father David Michael Bautista and his mother Donna Raye. His father still works as a hairdresser in the DC area. He was raised by a single mother as his parents divorced when he was very young. He has a sibling named Michael Bautista and Donna Raye Bautista.
Additionally, when he was 9, he witnessed 3 murders on their front lawn. At the age of 13, he was stealing a car and committing crimes. Later on, he worked as a bouncer for several clubs. Eventually, he was sentenced to 1 year of probation.
Caption: Dave Bautista in his childhood photo. Source: Instagram
Firstly, Dave Bautista wanted to pursue a career in professional wrestling. He gave an audition at the WWC Power Plat. But, he was told he would never succeed Sgt Buddy Lee Parker. Later on, he went to their biggest rival, WWE. WWE designated him to the Wild Samoan Training Center, after a successful tryout. Thus, it was in wrestling school to train under Afa Anoa’i.
Caption: Dave Bautista during his photoshoot. Source: Instagram
In addition, he also got lessons in Muay Thai and Eskrima. For Anoa’i’s World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW) promotion, he began to wrestle. Soon, he signed a contract with WWE and started competing at, Ohio Valley Wrestling. Finally, he made his debut under the ring name Leviathan, in 2000. And, in the same year, went on to win the OVW Heavyweight Championship. WWE included him on the WWE main roster, due to his rapid progression. On May 9, 20002, he made his television debut after participating in non-televised events.
Thus, he was seen on a SmackDown episode under the ring name Deacon Batista. In the episode, he served as the heel enforcer of Reverend D’Von. In June, he made his in-ring debut by teaming up with D’Von for a tag-team match. And, in WWE, he was not initially supposed to join Evolution, a villainous professional wrestling stable. Hence, it was a part of its Raw brand from 2003 to 2005.
More about career
In WWE, the group dominated most of the major storylines. Likewise, he and Flair were the World Tag Team Champions. With the gradual disintegration, his journey of becoming the World Heavyweight Champion started off. Moving on, he challenged Triple H and Flair for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 21.
From April 3, 2005, to January 13, 2006, he was the World Heavyweight Champion. At the 2006 Survivor Series, he regained the Heavyweight Championship. Additionally, he was ranked #1 in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500’s list of 500 best singles wrestlers, in 2005.
By PWI, he was also named the Wrestler of the Year. At the 2007 Unforgiven and at the 2008 Cyber Sunday, he won the championship. On December 13, 2000, episode of Smackdown, he won the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
For the first time, he became the WWE Champion after he defeated Orton, at the 2009 Extreme Rules. At the 2010 Elimination Chamber, he eventually win back the belt. After getting modest success as an actor, in December 2013, he returned to WWE and won the 2014 Royal Rumble.
He was booed by the audience, despite being reintroduced as a face character. Furthermore, he spent his most recent tenure in WWE battling newer wrestlers. At the WrestleMania XXX, both he and Orton lost to Bryan. In mid-12014, he once again left WWE sometime.
Besides that, he made his cinematic debut in Greg Glienna’s directorial venture ‘Relative Strangers. Three years later, he was seen in the American-German film ‘My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? 2009. In 2010, he was seen in the action film ‘Wrong Side of Town’.
He was seen playing the role of Ray Shane in House of the Rising Sun’, which earned him critical praise. He was also seen in films like The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, and Riddick. In 2012, he was seen in the film named The Man with the Iron Fists. Likewise, he joined the cast of the 24th film in the James Bond franchise, ‘Spectre’, in October 2014.
Therefore, he was seen portraying a character named Mr. Hinx. In addition, he played Sapper Morton, a Nexus-8 Replicant and combat medic, in Blade Runner 2049’. He has also signed films like Escape Plan 2: Hades, Stuber, and Master Z: Ip Man Legacy. Hence, the estimated net worth of Dave Bautista is $15 million.
Dave Bautista has already married 3 times and his first wife Glenda married on March 25, 1990. Together, they have 2 daughters named Leilani and Athena. And, on November 16, 1998, he officially separated from his wife. Thus, in the same year, he got married to Angie Lewis.
In 2006, they separated after 8 years of marriage. Moving on, he has been married to Sarah Jade since October 2015 and separated in 2019. Additionally, he has dated Melina Perez, Kelly Kelly, and Rosa Mendes.
Caption: Dave Bautista with his ex-wife. Source: Media Referee
Body measurement and Social media
Dave Bautista is tall and stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 120 kg. And, Dave has brown hair color and dark brown pairs of eyes. He has an Instagram account named @DaveBautista, with 3.9 million followers. Also, on his Facebook account, he has 10 million followers.
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