Dave Batista, Jeremy Roberts
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People around the world know Dave Batista as World Wrestling Entertainment's "the Animal," the rope-shaking, spine-busting World Heavyweight Champion, one of the most popular Superstars in recent years.The crowd turned Batista from heel to babyface after they were electrified by his awesome physique and physical wrestling style.Few fans, however, know that Batista didn't join the profession until he was thirty years old -- an age at which many wrestlers are thinking about hanging up their boots. Nor do most fans know the tremendous toll the climb to the top has taken on Batista's personal life. While successfully staying away from hard drugs and -- usually -- liquor, he found sex too tempting to resist."Women were my drug of choice," the Animal confesses. That addiction cost him his marriage, destroying a relationship that had helped him climb from poverty to the pinnacle of sports entertainment in less than two years.Now, in "Batista Unleashed," the WWE Superstar comes clean about the choices he made and the devastating effects they had on his family. He talks about the injury that stripped him of his title -- an injury he blames on Mark Henry's carelessness. While being sidelined cost Batista untold hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost income, it also set the stage for a tremendous comeback that cemented the Animal's reputation as a true champion.Batista talks about growing up in the worst part of Washington, D.C., where three murders occurred in his front yard before he was nine. He speaks lovingly about his mother -- a lesbian -- and how hard she worked to keep the family not just together but alive. He talks candidly about his own criminal past: a conviction on a drug charge and another, since overturned, on assault. He speaks of his days as a bouncer and a lifeguard, and tells how bodybuilding may have saved his life.Once he made it to the WWE, Batista realized he wasn't really ready for the big time. His career seemed headed for a fall until Fit Finlay took him under his wing. But his real education came when he joined Evolution and rode with Triple H and Ric Flair, two of sports entertainment's all-time greats. Batista talks about what they taught him, and details some of their wild times on the road.But the champ also reveals a kinder, gentler side. While his soft-spoken manner in the locker room has sometimes been misinterpreted as arrogance, in truth Batista's always been somewhat shy and quiet. Emotional by nature, he reveals for the first time that the tears fans saw at "WrestleMania 21," when he won the World Heavyweight Championship for the first time, were very real. And he speaks movingly about his problems with his ex-wives and teenage daughters, and how it felt to become a grandfather.While his straight-shooting mouth has occasionally gotten him into trouble -- most notably in a backstage confrontation with Undertaker after some remarks about "SmackDown!" -- Batista is his own harshest critic. He explains his early limitations as a wrestler and the work he has done to overcome them. Interspersing his memoir with accounts from life on the road, Batista lightens the narrative with a surprising sense of humor. An Animal in the ring, he reveals himself as an honest and even humble man in everyday life.
it. Really, it took balls for them to call the cops in the first place. I went to jail for about a week before the charges were finally dropped and I was let go. It didn’t take long for me to figure out jail wasn’t where I wanted to be. I was always a 49ers buff, and I watched the 49ers–Bengals Super Bowl from jail. It just broke my heart. But it wasn’t quite enough to get me straight, not at that point. DRUG CHARGE Not too long after that—in fact, I believe I was out on bail—I was with Ben
Morrus at the time—just started laughing. He made a huge scene out of it. You could hear him throughout the whole place: “Ah, he split his pants. He split his pants.” The whole arena started laughing. I was trying to play this big tough bodyguard, and ten thousand people were laughing at me. From then on, I wore black underwear. THE BUILDING FUND The gimmick with D-Von was pretty funny, and after a while the crowds got really into it. Basically, D-Von was a crooked preacher. So he’d come out
move, I couldn’t get him all the way up. I think I got him halfway up and he dropped back down. Laying the Batista bomb on Gregory Helms, Hurricane. That was a match that didn’t go well, obviously. People shit all over it. They started booing. Then there was another where I did the same thing with Booker. I got him halfway up and had to bring him down, because we had mistimed it or something. But I actually snatched him and went back up with it and never let him go. That one I salvaged.
when we were doing a show in New Jersey. I forget where I was coming from, but wherever it was, the attendants wouldn’t let me bring my carry-on inside the aircraft because the plane was just too small. So I did what they asked me to. I left it plane side, where I guess it was supposed to be taken and then placed in the cargo hold. They guaranteed me that my bag would get there. Of course it didn’t. So I show up for the show, and of course, my gear is still up in outer space somewhere. I had to
shot on them—they’re probably going to drop to the ground. So in a match, that simple shot can have more impact than twenty hard smashes to the face. SUMO As a big guy, I’ve always liked sumo. I could sit for hours and watch sumo. It’s just one of those things. The rituals that they have are very cool. The technical aspects are very interesting. When we were in Japan, I got to see and meet some sumo wrestlers. I’m a big fan of Akebono, and he came to one of our shows and put on a match with