Batista Talks Of “Toxic Atmosphere” In Early WWE Days

Batista makes his entrance to the ring.

Former WWE star Batista has spoken openly of the toxic atmosphere when he started out with the company, and how it made wrestling exhausting.

Although he would be a WWE Hall Of Famer by now if it wasn’t for the global pandemic, Batista’s list of accolades with WWE stretches far and wide, including having six World Championship reigns during his time inside the squared circle.

Despite more commonly being associated with his time with and following being a member of Evolution, Batista’s early days within WWE weren’t quite so straightforward including when he was originally brought in as D-Von Dudley’s henchman known as Deacon Batista.

Talking to Lauren Larson of Men’s Health, Batista spoke of the difficulties during those early days and how it made wrestling so tiring.

I couldn’t get comfortable, people didn’t like me, I was doing something wrong, the company wasn’t going to do anything with me, they didn’t know what to do with me, they didn’t know where I fit in. It was just a very toxic atmosphere. Wrestling is very competitive.

It’s very cutthroat. You’re put in a position where you have to posture up all the time, and it’s exhausting. It’s just exhausting.

The man now known more commonly on film sets by his real name Dave Bautista, the former World Champion also spoke of how he didn’t want to be typecast for certain roles due to his wrestling background.

I didn’t want to be the guy coming from wrestling, taking these easy action roles and just kind of pumping up and putting baby oil on my arms. I really fell in love with acting.

I’m not trying to separate myself from professional wrestling because I’m embarrassed or anything like that. It’s just, I needed to make a name for myself and start all over and kind of just get people to see me in a different light.

Because if people always see me as a pro wrestler turned actor, then they’re going to put me in a box for roles.

The film star has also shown his lighter side of late, including giving an explanation for why he adopted a particular puppy.

With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.