Professional wrestler David Michael Bautista Jr. was born on January 18, 1969 in Arlington, Virginia, and is best known by his ring name - Batista. He has signed on to World Wrestling Entertainment, and works in its RAW brand. A huge success in the arena, Batista a 4-time World Heavyweight Champion, 3-time World Tag Team Champion, 1-time WWE Tag Team Champion, and the winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble match.
Batista’s father, David Michael Bautista, is of Filipino heritage and his mother, Donna Raye, is Greek. The wrestler is proud to say that his paternal grandparents were from the Philippines as well, with his grandfather serving in the military and taking odd jobs just to feed his family. Batista has admitted to having a hard life, mentioning how at age nine, he witnessed three murders occur in his front lawn. When he was 13, he started stealing automobiles and at 17, was estranged from his parents. Despite living on his own, he acknowledged his folks, who he says taught him how to work hard. Since then, he became a bouncer for clubs until he got arrested for getting involved in a fight. He was sentenced to one year of probation. Batista then worked as a lifeguard, then harbored dreams of being a bodybuilder.
When he applied for the wrestling business, the WWF sent him to train with Afa Anoa’i’s school in the Wild Samoan Training Centre. Since then, he embarked on his wrestling career, beginning with a May 2002 episode of Smackdown. He was then known as Deacon Bautista, a heel enforcer for Reverend D-Von. He made his debut in a tag match with D-Von, teaming up against Faarooq and Randy Orton. Batista continued to become a driving force in the WWE, defeating opponent after opponent with his signature moves. However, he has had several injuries ever since. One of these was in 2008, when he was knocked out by Randy Orton with a punt to the head.
Batista has appeared on several other shows, commercials, and magazine covers. He has been seen on season 6 of Smallville, and played an extraterrestrial alien in Phantom Zone. He also represented WWE on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, along with John Cena and Ashley Massaro.