The actor who stars in the upcoming Netflix movie Army of the Dead (directed by Zack Snyder) made a name for himself in the WWE, winning notable championships with the in-ring name of Batista.
Dave Bautista got his movie breakthrough when he was cast as Drax the Destroyer in the MCU's Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). He appeared in its sequel and in two Avengers movies.
Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer/Photo Credit: ComingSoon.net
His portrayal of the dagger-wielding warrior Drax was lauded by many, and since then it's been one major Hollywood movie after another for the former bodybuilder.
While speaking recently at Snyder's Justice Con, Bautista dismissed the idea of returning to the WWE when host Enosh Fee suggested that a COVID-19 jab could take the actor back to his wrestling roots.
Bautista/Photo Credit: The Wrap
Bautista said, "It's hard to convince people that I'm actually retired. You have no idea how tough that decision is. When professional wrestlers retire, they don't really retire.
"They kind of retire. But you know, when the paycheck's big enough, or the event's big enough, they come out of retirement. It's just not that way with me.
"I exited the business in such a storybook way, I'd never go back. I would never take away from that. I am just done, man. I really got to finish on my own terms and nothing is going to take away from that."