Celebrity Then And Now
Dave Bautista
Name: Dave Bautista
Birthdate: January 18, 1969
Famous Years: 2000-Present
Currently Known For: Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War
Networth: $13 MillionFamous For: Professional Wrestling and Acting Careers
Dave Bautista
Name Dave Bautista
Birthdate January 18, 1969
Famous Years 2000-Present
Currently Known For Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War
Networth $13 Million
Famous For Professional Wrestling and Acting Careers

The world of professional wrestling has helped to open up mainstream success for their performers, with the likes of Dwayne Johnson, John Cena and Hulk Hogan all appearing in feature films. Another former wrestler that you can add to that list is Dave Bautista.

Bautista was born on January 18, 1969 in Washington D.C. and didn’t have a lot growing up. Bautista lived in a rough part of the city and knew that he had to be tough and work hard to make it. By the time he was a teenager, Bautista had been working at clubs as a bouncer before getting into an altercation that left a patron injured, causing him to change career paths.

Afterwards, Bautista would work as a lifeguard and then wanted to get into bodybuilding, which helped him attract attention as a potential pro wrestler. Bautista had tried out with the now-defunct WCW, but it was the WWE that was willing to sign him as he came up through their developmental program.

Bautista made his debut on television with the WWE in 2002 and would quickly rise up the ranks as a star that was thrust into the main event level. Bautista would become one of the more notable stars of the new era that followed the famed Attitude Era, and he’d collect a lot of championships along the way, including four World Heavyweight Championships.

His first run in the WWE would come to an end in 2010 as he focused more on a career in Hollywood after he started to dabble in acting. Bautista also said that he didn’t like how he wasn’t being promoted as heavily as the likes of John Cena. “It just seemed a little unfair to me that I’m still out there busting my a** to do these shows while he’s making movies and getting paid a butt load of money to make these movies,” he said. “They had no interest in me doing that, so I said, ‘well, if I’m not afforded the opportunity here, then I should be afforded the opportunity to go outside the company and audition.’”

Not only did Bautista go more into acting, but also started training for a career in mixed martial arts. In 2012, he made his debut on the scene with just one match in which he won by knockout. This prompted Bautista to head full-time into acting where he appeared in movies such as “The Scorpion King 3”, “Riddick” and “The Man with the Iron Fists.”

While he wasn’t the most famous action star early in his acting career, Bautista would get his biggest breaks starting in 2014. This was when he appeared as Drax in the Marvel film “Guardians of the Galaxy” that ended up being a huge success. He’s reprised the role in the film’s sequels, as well as in “Avengers: Infinity War”. Bautista also made an appearance in the James Bond film “Spectre” in 2016 and has been given far more film roles in recent years.

Just because he had left the WWE and was becoming a bigger star in Hollywood didn’t mean that the love for pro wrestling had gone away for Bautista, though. In 2014, he came back to the company at the Royal Rumble and would end up headlining WrestleMania in a triple threat match with Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan.

Bautista would again leave the company in 2014, after many of his matches resulted in losses and booing from the fans that preferred younger and more unappreciated wrestlers to get the big matches. Bautista said of the people booing that “they actually missed a lot of really good wrestling,” adding that “It really hurt my feelings that people just missed out on that. It was just a shame.”

The second run with the WWE wasn’t seen as a big success because of the booing, but Bautista was still very proud of the matches that he put on. “I just wanted to come back and wrestle,” he said.

Over the past couple of years, Bautista has also been open about wanting to return to professional wrestling and the WWE. Bautista has said that “I’ve never burnt that bridge, and it really is because I still love wrestling, and everybody in the WWE has always been really good to me. I have my gripes with the company, which I’m sure everybody does, but at the same time I don’t ever disrespect the company intentionally.”

One of the main reasons that Bautista wants to come back is because of fan interaction with live crowds, as well as the physical performance aspect that comes with being a wrestler. When talking about which he’d rather do full-time, Bautista has aid that “I can’t pick because right now, I’m just in love with the acting industry.”

With that, you can expect Bautista to stick around as an actor for the time being, as he’s had many successful movies in recent years. Over the course of the next year, Bautista already has a handful of movies that are set to be released, which should help his career, including another “Avengers” movie and an upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” film.