A former WWE Superstar has hit out at Batista, claiming the wrestler-turned-movie-star was never a good worker in the ring.
Batista is part of the hallowed OVW Class of 2002 that includes John Cena, Shelton Benjamin, Brock Lesnar, and Randy Orton. All these stars burst onto the WWE scene in that year and have gone on to have long, illustrious careers.
After a brief stint as Reverend D-Von’s Deacon, The Animal really found his feet in WWE as part of Evolution alongside Orton, Ric Flair, and Triple H. His time in the group is memorable for his ascent to the top of the company as he eventually toppled Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 21.
He captured that title another three times in his WWE career along with two reigns as WWE Champion. The Animal left the company in 2010 but made an infamous return in 2014 where he was faced with fan backlash in the face of the inexorable rise of Daniel Bryan.
Another return came in 2019 as Batista put a bow on his WWE career, facing off with mentor and rival Triple H one more time at WrestleMania 35.
However, you can’t please everybody, and speaking on his Cafe de Rene podcast, former WWE star Rene Dupree gave his own take on Batista, and suffice to say, he wasn’t a fan:
“Batista was physically larger than Hunter [Triple H] but he was nowhere near the worker. He was never a good worker. He had two f*cking left feet. I never seen any of his movies. If his movies are anything like his f*cking wrestling, he’s the sh*ts.”
Since leaving the world of wrestling, Batista has starred in several movies such as Stuber and James Bond film, Spectre. He is perhaps best known on the silver screen for his role as Drax The Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.