When Dave Bautista first arrived at WWE, he described it as a toxic environment.
During his illustrious WWE career, Dave Bautista (Batista) won six world championships, two Royal Rumble victories, multiple WrestleMania main events, and a potential WWE Hall of Fame entry. From, as he said in a new interview with Men’s Health, “The Animal’s” early days at the company were anything but smooth. In 2000, Bautista began training at Ohio Valley Wrestling, and by mid-2002, he was appearing on SmackDown as Deacon Batista alongside D-Von Dudley as Deacon Batista. When he joined Evolution the next year, his journey to popularity would be gradual, but he described the climate within the company during those early years as “poison.” “I couldn’t get comfortable because people didn’t like me, I was doing something wrong, and the company wouldn’t do anything with me because they didn’t know what to do with me or where I fit in,” Bautista explained.
He went on to say, “It was simply a very toxic atmosphere.” “Wrestling is a highly competitive sport. It’s quite competitive. You’re put in a position where you have to maintain a constant posture, which is taxing. It’s simply draining.” Following his No Holds Barred encounter with Triple H at WrestleMania 35, Bautista announced his retirement from professional wrestling. He was set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year, when the Classes of 2020 and 2021 were announced, but his induction was postponed.
“To the WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the @WWE #HOF this year owing to prior commitments. They’ve agreed to induct me at a later ceremony where I’ll be able to properly thank the fans and people who helped make my career possible #DreamChaser, at my request “In March, he penned a letter.
The Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia will bring WWE back to pay-per-view on Oct. 21. In the list below, you’ll find the most up-to-date roster for the show: