- 1 His debut: 2002
- 2 Evolution: 2003-2004
- 3 Rivalry with Goldberg
- 4 World Team Champion
- 5 World champion: 2005-early 2006
- 6 Friday Night Smackdown!
- 7 Rivalry with Eddie Guerrero
- 8 Rey Mysterio’s Partner / Injury
- 9 Return from injury / Three-time world champion: 2006-2007
- 10 Rivalry with Mark Henry
- 11 Rivalry with Mr. Kennedy
- 12 Rivalry with King Booker
- 13 Rivalry and “alliance” with The Undertaker against John Cena and Shawn Michaels
- 14 Rivalry with The Undertaker
- 15 Rivalry with Edge
- 16 Rivalry with The Great Khali
- 17 The Return of the Rivalry with The Undertaker
- 18 Rivalry with The Undertaker and Edge
- 19 2008
- 20 Rivalry with Umaga and MVP
- 21 Rivalry with Shawn Michaels
- 22 Conquest of the World Heavyweight Championship: Rivalry with CM Punk
- 23 Rivalry with John Cena
- 24 Challenger No.1 for the World Heavyweight Championship
- 25 World Heavyweight Champion
- 26 Rivalry with Randy Orton
- 27 Injury
So, is Batista Natural or is he lying and taking steroids?
Based on the evidence Batista could well have taken steroids.
His gains timeline is typical of a steroid-user.
He’s very defensive in the video where he talks about steroids, saying you’re not a bad person if you take steroids and that they’re not bad for you.
His debut: 2002
Batista began his WWE career in 2002 in the Smackdown Division! under the nickname of Deacon Bautista, a heel that comes to help Reverend D-Von. His first fight is a Tag Team match as he and D-Von face off against Randy Orton and Faarooq. Batista wins and scores 3 on Randy Orton with a Spinebuster for his first official WWE victory. Randy Orton tries to beat Batista and D-Von with different partners, but he always loses. Batista first loses to Rikishi after D-Von accidentally hits him, giving Rikishi an advantage to take the tally of 3 over Batista to win. This duo separates very quickly after arguments, a short rivalry breaks out where Batista beats D-Von. We send him to RAW and he is now called Dave Batista or Batista for short.
After establishing him as a monster following a quick winning streak, Ric Flair takes him under his wing. Ric Flair being at war with Kane, a rivalry breaks out between the 2 men. Batista made his PPV debut during Armageddon 2002 where he defeated Kane.
Summer 2004, after Randy Orton won the World title,
January 2003, he joins Triple H (the leader), Ric Flair (the manager) and Randy Orton as “bodyguard” to form the Evolution clan. Unfortunately for him barely his association started, he injured a bicep during a fight on House Show and found himself on the floor. As if everything wasn’t bad enough for him, here he injured himself again but this time to a tricep while still recovering and only jogging with his wife. His return is therefore postponed and his long convalescence continues. As a member of Evolution, Batista dresses like a businessman.
Rivalry with Goldberg
He returned on October 20, 2003 to RAW by intervening in the fight Goldberg vs Shawn Michaels by inflicting an injury (kayfabe) to Goldberg’s ankle. On November 10 Goldberg got his revenge by defeating him by disqualification when Triple H intervenes and hits Goldberg with his sledgehammer.
World Team Champion
At Armageddon 2003, he participated in 2 fights. One solo against Shawn Michaels who he will lose, and another as a team with Ric Flair where they will take the victory to become World Tag Team Champions in a Tag Team Turmoil match. Evolution becomes the dominant of RAW by holding the 3 men’s RAW titles: World Heavyweight Championship by Triple H, WWE Intercontinental Championship by Randy Orton and the World Tag Team Championship by Batista and Ric Flair.
They would hold the title until February 2004 before being beaten by Rob Van Dam and Booker T. They would recapture the title shortly after against Rob Van Dam and Booker T in March. However, Chris Benoit and Edge triumph over Batista and Ric Flair in April for the title.
Rivalry with former teammate: Randy Orton [edit at SummerSlam 2004 held by Chris Benoit since WrestleMania XX, Triple H ousts Randy Orton from the Evolution clan saying that the title Randy Orton holds belongs to him. At the 2004 Survivor Series, Triple H, him, Snitsky and Edge were defeated by Maven, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton in a fight where the winners take control of RAW the following month.
World champion: 2005-early 2006
Arguments with Triple H and Ric Flair
From the week following the Survivor Series, Triple H offers Maven a place in the Evolution clan. In the following weeks the relationship between Batista and Triple H deteriorates. After a loss to Chris Jericho, Triple H insults Batista. The latter lets hover [ref. necessary] that he is going to leave Evolution but he declares a little later that he is still part of Evolution and that he played with everyone [ref. necessary]. He begins to act more like a face despite the Evolution tactics of the following weeks. The match is ultimately won by Triple H. On RAW. He then competed in the 2005 Royal Rumble and won.
Conquest of the World Heavyweight Championship: Rivalry with Triple H and Ric Flair
At WrestleMania 21, Batista defeats Triple H for his first world title. The feud continues with Triple H and they face off again at Backlash 2005 where he retains the title. On May 23, he defeated Edge and retained the title. Soon after, Batista defeated Triple H again but this time in a Hell in a Cell at Vengeance 2005. He retains the title despite attempts by Triple H.
Friday Night Smackdown!
Rivalry with John “Bradshaw” Layfield (JBL)
On June 30, Batista transferred to SmackDown !. A feud between him and JBL begins. He wins by disqualification at The Great American Bash 2005. He defeats JBL a second time at SummerSlam 2005 in a No Hold Barred match. The feud ends in SmackDown !, and Batista retains his title in a Bull Rope match.
Rivalry with Eddie Guerrero
Next is the next title challenger Eddie Guerrero. The two men face off at No Mercy 2005. The match is won by Batista.
Rey Mysterio’s Partner / Injury
Instead of quitting and treating his injury, Batista will lead Team Smackdown to victory over Team RAW in the 2005 Survivor Series but he will not be the team’s survivor as he is eliminated by a Double Chokeslam from Kane accompanied by The Big. Show. On SmackDown on December 2, he comes to the aid of Rey Mysterio when The Big Show and Kane, who have become tag team world champions, take on him. It is later announced that Rey Mysterio will team up with Batista in Armageddon, to take on the Giants 2 from [[WWE Monday Night Raw | RAW]. On December 16, Rey Mysterio and Batista participate in a fight for the WWE Tag Team Champions against MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro). The two defeat MNM and become the new WWE Tag Team Champions in a fight dedicated to Eddie Guerrero. At Armageddon 2005, Batista and Rey Mysterio lost to The Big Show and Kane. On December 30, MNM defeated Batista and Rey Mysterio to retake the tag team title thanks to the intervention of Mark Henry. He receives the World’s Strongest Slam from Mark Henry. This is a stunt by Melina who earlier that evening accused Batista of sexual harassment. The following week he and Rey Mysterio faced MNM again, but this time in a Steel Cage game to avoid interferences. The title is on the line. Batista and Rey Mysterio dominate the fight but lose to interference from Mark Henry.
On January 9, WWE.com announced that Batista now has a tricep injury following a fight with Mark Henry on January 8 at a House show. The next day WWE.com announced that as a result of the injury, Batista was forced during the Jan. 10 SmackDown recordings to hand over the title to the General Manager of SmackDown and thus make the title vacant. Batista underwent successful tricep surgery on January 12, 2006. He makes a surprise appearance at No Way Out 2006. He announces that his triceps injury is healing very well and that he will be back soon to take back what is his, the World Heavyweight Champion. At WrestleMania 22, he makes another appearance. This time he interrupts an interview with Randy Orton, to warn that by WrestleMania 23 he will have regained control of the World Championship.
Return from injury / Three-time world champion: 2006-2007
Rivalry with Mark Henry
He made his return on July 7, 2006 at SmackDown! immediately feuding with the man who injured him, Mark Henry. This feud will lead to a match between the two at the Great American Bash 2006. The stipulation being that the winner becomes the number one contender for the heavyweight title and will face the champion at SummerSlam 2006. Unfortunately, Mark Henry is injured in a match. from Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Rivalry with Mr. Kennedy
He challenges any wrestler and it’s Mr. Kennedy who picks him up and gets beaten. He lost again the following week at SmackDown by counting away. He is entitled to his 3rd rematch against Mr. Kennedy, and this time he wins by a count of three, to become King Booker’s # 1 World Heavyweight Championship contender.
Rivalry with King Booker
At SummerSlam 2006, Batista defeated King Booker by disqualification for the World Heavyweight Champion. At No Mercy 2006 he did not take back King Booker’s belt in a Fatal 4 Way Match but a week later at SmackDown !, he won a Triple Threat Match against Finlay and Bobby Lashley which gave him the possibility of having a match for the world champion title against King Booker. At the 2006 Survivor Series, he dethroned King Booker to become the new World Heavyweight Champion. This is Batista’s second world title. At Armageddon 2006, on December 17, 2006, Batista and WWE Champion John Cena defeated King Booker and Finlay in a Tag Team match.
Rivalry and “alliance” with The Undertaker against John Cena and Shawn Michaels
At the 2007 Royal Rumble, he retained his belt against Mr. Kennedy by delivering a Batista Bomb.
But a new rival of his level poses a problem, The Undertaker, indeed, the latter will face the world champion at WrestleMania 23. The three months preceding WrestleMania 23, Batista is in rivalry with The Undertaker, but these two men are forced to team up for a feud against John Cena, the WWE Champion and his rival, Shawn Michaels who are also forced to team up. Batista and The Undertaker lose a match at No Way Out 2007 against Shawn Michaels and John Cena when Batista turns on his teammate The Undertaker.
Rivalry with The Undertaker
At WrestleMania 23, he lost the title to The Undertaker. However, wanting his revenge to reclaim the title, he faced it at Backlash 2007 in a Last Man Standing match, which ended in a draw. He faces the Undertaker once again on May 11 at SmackDown! in a Steel Cage match, but it still ends in a draw.
Rivalry with Edge
He faced Edge at Jugdment Day 2007 and One Night Stand 2007 (in a Steel Cage match) without success. His third loss to Edge at Vengeance 2007 in a Last Chance match forced Batista to give up the title pursuit.
Rivalry with The Great Khali
The Great Khali becomes the world champion by winning a Battle Royal after an injury to Edge who is forced to give up his title. Batista then has a new opportunity to regain the title. He defeated The Great Khali and Kane in a Triple Threat match where The Great Khali retains his title. ASummerSlam 2007, he beats The Great Khali by disqualification. Eventually, Batista secures the title by defeating Rey Mysterio and The Great Khali in a Triple Threat match at Unforgiven 2007. He retains his title at No Mercy 2007 against The Great Khali in a Punjabi Prison match, after escaping the structure.
The Return of the Rivalry with The Undertaker
But upon the return of The Undertaker, the latter wants the title held by Batista. The two men fight at Cyber Sunday 2007 (Stone Cold Steve Austin is appointed by the public as special arbiter) where Batista will manage to beat The Undertaker once and for all. At the 2007 Survivor Series, he defended his title against The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell. Batista was set to lose this match after two Tombstone Piledrivers (including one on the metal stairs, but Edge, disguised as a cameraman, suddenly made his surprise return with an injury and cowardly attacks The Undertaker (with a camera and chairs), then places Batista, on The Undertaker to keep the title.
Rivalry with The Undertaker and Edge
Edge enters the war against Batista and The Undertaker. At Armageddon 2007, Batista defends his belt against his two other rivals. But he fails to keep the title and loses it to Edge who, during the match, used two “False-Edges” (who are in fact the Major Brothers) to distract Undertaker and Batista who were fighting in the ring. Undertaker took the lead and would win the match after a Tombstone PileDriver on Batista, but Edge came in and punched Undertaker from behind several times with a chair.
On December 21, he faced Edge, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder for a 3-on-1 Handicap Title re-match announced by Vickie Guerrero. He ends up beating one of the Major Brothers with a Spinebuster and becoming the new World Champion, but Vickie Guerrero orders the match to begin again: he will only win the title if he pinches Edge, which negates his victory. He would end up winning the match by disqualification after one of the Major Brothers hit Batista’s leg with a chair (so Edge retains his title). At the end of the match, Batista receives a Double DDT from both “False Edge” and a Con-chair-to from Edge.
At the 2008 Royal Rumble, he entered 8th position and was eliminated by Triple H in 29th position. During the match, he walked out of the ring following Umaga’s Samoan Spike.
At No Way Out 2008, he competed in the Elimination Chamber of SmackDown !, the match was won by The Undertaker. (following what the latter carries his Tombstone Piledriver on Batista to obtain the victorious fall).
Rivalry with Umaga and MVP
He asks to face Umaga at WrestleMania XXIV in a “SmackDown! Vs Raw” match. A feud is created between Batista and MVP for the WWE United States Championship held by MVP. Batista loses the 1st game by scoring away on March 7th. Batista once again lost in a No Holds Barred Match on March 14 to MVP for the WWE United States Championship, by a count of 3 after suffering a Samoan Spike from Umaga.
At WrestleMania XXIV, he defeats Umaga by performing a Spinebuster followed by a Batista Bomb.
Rivalry with Shawn Michaels
After WrestleMania, he argues with Shawn Michaels about Ric Flair. Shawn Michaels had been picked by Ric Flair to face him at WrestleMania 24. Shawn Michaels won the match and was forgiven for doing this by everyone (including Ric Flair) except Batista.
On April 18, at SmackDown !, The Undertaker faced Batista, the match ended in a double count-out. On April 25, Batista had a Title match against The Undertaker thanks to General Manager, Vickie Guerrero, but he lost it after Shawn Michaels intervened in the match to give Batista a Sweet Chin Music, then The Undertaker wore his Tombstone PileDriver for the count of 3.
At Backlash 2008, he lost to Shawn Michaels after the latter brought him his Sweet Chin Music (after faking an injury) where the referee was Chris Jericho.
On May 9, he defeated John Morrison in a qualifying bout for a Battle Royal to determine The Undertaker’s opponent at WWE Judgment Day 2008 for the belt. At Battle Royal, he eliminates Big Show, Kane, Finlay, Matt Hardy and MVP. While he thinks he won the Battle Royal, Vickie Guerrero announces that Edge has received the green light to return to the rings. So Edge appears in the ring and spears Batista.
On May 19 on RAW, he won a match against Chris Jericho so he could face Shawn Michaels at One Night Stand 2008 in a Stretcher match. At One Night Stand 2008, he finally gets his revenge by beating Shawn Michaels.
Rivalry with “La Familia” (Vickie Guerrero, Edge, Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, Bam Neely and Chavo Guerrero) ====
He feuded with the “Familia”, made up of the General Manager of SmackDown! Vickie Guerrero, Edge, Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, Chavo Guerrero and Bam Neely.
On June 23, he was drafted to WWE Monday Night RAW following John Cena’s victory over Edge. He participates in a Battle Royal the same evening, but Edge wins, giving SmackDown two more drafts! who were Mr. Kennedy and Triple H.
He has to win the title to bring it back to RAW since there is no world title in RAW. This rivalry ends in Night of Champions following Edge’s victory.
The next day, he comes to attack Edge and thus knocking him out so that CM Punk wins the belt. normal if it starts at 2
Conquest of the World Heavyweight Championship: Rivalry with CM Punk
At Great American Bash 2008, Batista will face defending champion CM Punk for World Heavyweight Champion after winning a Fatal Four Way match against John Cena, Kane and JBL on July 7 on RAW. But during the game of the Great American Bash 2008, the referee declares a double disqualification after Kane comes to attack the two fighters. The next day on RAW on July 21, he has a re-match for the world title against CM Punk, but the match ends in No-Contest after some intervention from JBL.
Rivalry with John Cena
On July 28, the new General Manager of RAW, Mike Adamle announces that Batista will face John Cena at SummerSlam 2008. Despite their rivalry, they became the World Tag Team champions, on August 4 during RAW by defeating Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes . On August 11, John Cena and Batista lost the title to Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes. In Summerslam 2008, Batista defeats John Cena after a Spear, a Power Bomb and a Batista Bomb, he will manage to injure him (Herniated Disc for John Cena).
Conquest of the World Heavyweight Championship: Rivalry with Chris Jerricho, Kane, JBL and Rey Mysterio
At Unforgiven 2008 he will fight in a Scramble Match with Chris Jerricho, Kane, JBL and Rey Mysterio with the World Heavyweight Championship at stake.
During Unforgiven 2008, he lost the World Heavyweight Championship. Chris Jericho wins the belt by pinning Kane. The latter replaced CM Punk attacked by Randy Orton shortly before the start of the Scramble Match.
Challenger No.1 for the World Heavyweight Championship
At No Mercy 2008, he defeated JBL to become the No.1 challenger for the World Heavyweight Championship title, but on RAW on October 6, he confronted and defeated JBL to once again become the No.1 challenger in which Chris Jericho was the special arbitrator. After the match, Mike Adamle announces that in Cyber Sunday 2008, Batista will challenge Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Champion, with as a special referee the choice between Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton or Stone Cold Steve Austin.
World Heavyweight Champion
At WWE Cyber Sunday 2008 he won the World Heavyweight Championship against former champion Chris Jericho, Stone Cold Steve Austin was the special referee.
On RAW on November 3, he lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Chris Jericho in a Steel Cage match.
Rivalry with Randy Orton
At the 2008 Survivor Series, he lost as leader in a 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match with Kofi Kingston, CM Punk, Matt Hardy and R-Truth to Team Randy Orton which is made up of Randy Orton, Shelton Benjamin, Cody Rhodes, William Regal and Mark Henry.
At Armageddon 2008 he defeated Randy Orton. During the match, Manu and Cody Rhodes intervened in favor of Randy Orton. On December 15, during a match between Batista and the world heavyweight champion of the WWE, John Cena, to Manu, Cody Rhode and Randy Orton, the latter made lose his team by inflicting a kick from hell to Batista as John Cena was busy with the Legend Killer partners outside the ring.
He forfeited Randy Orton in the RAW on December 22, 2008, the match that would determine the Fatal 4 Way participant to determine the No. 1 Contender in John Cena’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship. His hamstring injury was contracted during Summerslam 2008 in the game against John Cena.
His operation of December 26, 2008 was successful. His return is scheduled for June 2009.