Dave Bautista – “I didn’t want to tell my story unless it was honest: Birthday Special

Dave was born on January 18, 1969, in Washington, D.C. suburb of Arlington, Virginia, the son of Donna Raye (née Mullins) and hairdresser David Michael Bautista. His mother is of Greek descent, while his father is the son of Filipino immigrants.

Bautista has said that he lived in poverty and that he had a hard life—before he reached the age of nine, three murders had occurred on his front lawn. As young as age 13, he was stealing cars. By age 17, Bautista was estranged from his parents and lived on his own. He later admitted, “I am proud of my parents. They are good, honest, hard-working folks. They taught me the values of working hard.” He was a nightclub bouncer until he was arrested after a fight that left two patrons injured, one of whom was rendered unconscious.

Bautista began his wrestling career 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 and became a six-time world champion by winning the World Heavyweight Champion four times and the WWE Championship twice. He holds the record for the longest reign as World Heavyweight Champion at 282 days.

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 professional wrestling history.

Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy

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). In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has played the role of Drax the Destroyer in the films Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Love Life and Marriages:

Dave Bautista and Glenda Bautista

Bautista married his first wife, Glenda, in 1990. They have two daughters together, Keilani (born 1990) and Athena (born 1992), before divorcing in 1998. 

Bautista married his second wife, Angie, on October 13, 1998. They have a son together, Oliver, after divorcing in 2006. 

Before the age of 40, Bautista already had two grandsons through Keilani.

Dave Bautista and Sarah Jade

In October 2015, he married competitive pole dancer Sarah Jade. The couple separated in early 2019.

Autobiography:

On October 16, 2007, Bautista’s autobiography, Batista Unleashed, was released. In an interview about the book, he claimed, “I didn’t want to tell my story unless it was honest… you have to go through three sets of lawyers: Simon & Schuster lawyers, WWE lawyers, my lawyers.

Everything now is the way it is, you can be sued for the simplest thing.” One source of controversy was the book’s mentioning of Chris Benoit, who was almost completely removed due to his double murder and suicide. Bautista responded, “I loved the guy. I despise what he did, but that doesn’t erase him from my life. I fought to keep him in there and glad they did.”

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