Dave Bautista was born in Washington. Donna Raye, his mother comes from a Greek background and his father, Dave Bautista Sr comes from Filipino descent. His parents separated when he was young, Dave Bautista spent a lot of his life in poverty. His father had to work as a taxi driver and as a barber just to support the family and he had a very hard life growing up. He witnessed three murders on his very front lawn. By the age of 13, he resorted to stealing cars.
By the age of 17, he became estranged from his parents and went to live on his own. He admitted in later life that he was very proud of his parents because he knew that they worked very hard and that they worked very honestly as well. He became a bouncer for a very brief period of time however he was arrested after a fist-fight that left two people injured. After a trial, he was sentenced with one year of probation. He then worked as a lifeguard, and eventually pursued a career in bodybuilding. He believes that his career in bodybuilding saved his life.
From the year 2000 onwards, he signed with WWE under the name Batista. He became a 6-time champion and he eventually won the world heavyweight title four times. He has the record for the longest reign of the championship and this is 282 days. He also won the tag team championship three times. He won it twice with Ric Flair and then once with John Cena. Shortly after, he won the 2005 Royal Rumble and even headlined Wrestlemania 21.
He is one of the most talented and highest grossing WWE stars of all time and a role model to thousands of WWE fans across the world.