Also known simply as Batista, he broke the record as the longest reigning WWE Wrestling Champion and won the crown six times. He stars as Drax the Destroyer in the 2014 Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy.
He lived in poverty, with three murders occurring on his front lawn before he was nine. He began stealing cars when he was 13.
After winning the 2005 Royal Rumble match, he headlined WrestleMania 21, which became one of the top five highest-grossing events in pro wrestling history.
He had two daughters with his first wife Glenda. He was married to his second wife Angie from 1998 until 2006. He became a grandfather to Jacob and Aiden, the children of his eldest daughter Keilani.
He won World Wrestling Entertainment's World Tag Team Championships two times with Ric Flair.