Batista (Dave Bautista) is a veteran WWE star who is currently focussing on his acting career. He recently talked about ending his career. The former world champion wrapped up his in-ring career at WrestleMania 35 when he lost to Triple H in a match that received more appreciation over time. It was a classic against his longtime faction member and rival, and the only opponent that The Animal wanted to face to end his career in professional wrestling.
He recently concluded his role as Drax in Guardians of The Galaxy. It was the same role that gave him his breakout in Hollywood.
Batista rejected Fast & Furious after Steve Austin advised
Batista recently stated to GQ Magazine that he was offered a big part in one of the “Fast and The Furious” movies but turned down the role, after receiving advice from WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin:
“I don’t mean to offend anybody. I’m not putting down anything else, I’m just saying [Gears] is way more interesting to me. I don’t want to pretend like I’m actually interested in something I’m not l, when there’s something I’m actually really excited about that you guys have under control. ‘Would you consider me for that?’
“I don’t think there’s any harm in that. I’m not trying to step on anybody else’s toes, I’m just saying this is what I love and I’m seriously passionate about this. ‘I think I can do a good job for you guys on this.’ Stone Cold Stone Austin pulled me aside one time and said, ‘You’re gonna get horrible scripts. The money will be really tempting. Just don’t get caught in that trap.’”
The multi-time world champion was originally supposed to be the headlining inductee of the Hall of Fame Class of 2020. However, WWE canceled the 2020 Hall of Fame due to the pandemic, and prior commitments were the reason why they couldn’t induct him in 2021. It seems that he will be inducted into the WWE Hal of Fame Class of 2023.