When it comes to the WWE Hall of Fame, one name that is being mentioned as a possible headliner for the 2018 class is Dave "Batista" Bautista, according to The Wrestling Observer.
It makes sense for Batista to enter the Hall of Fame in 2018 since his last match will be in New Orleans at Wrestlemania 30. Batista has been busy lately in the movie industry with his Guardians of The Galaxy and James Bond films.
In the past, Batista has complained about the WWE being too PG. So his Hall of Fame interviews could be very interesting. Batista recently opened up to Lilian Garcia about his issues with social anxiety as well as his relationship with his estranged father.
Batista admitted that wrestling helped bring him out of his own shell and said that he was ashamed of his love for wrestling when he was younger and regrets that. He realizes now that like him, a lot of actors are very self-conscious.
Batista says he spoke with his estranged father when he was in his thirties and his dad had a hard time understanding why Batista didn't show him respect. We're not sure how any father could be surprised when their kids don't respect them after not being there for them. Regardless, Batista says his father is just some guy that he knows. He looks at him as a stranger.
The 48-year-old Batista is originally from Washington D.C. While trying out at the WCW Power Plant he was told that he would never make it by Sgt. Buddy Lee. Boy, was he wrong. Batista ended up signing with the WWE and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling in order to develop his skills.
While still in the OVW, Batista appeared on his first WWE show in 2002 on an episode of SmackDown! as Deacon Batista. His first debut in a ring on Raw was alongside his former tag team partner D'Von. After splitting up with D'Von, Batista stuck with the Raw brand. Then in 2003, Batista joined Triple H, Ric Flair, and Randy Orton to form the Evolution, and eventually won the Heavyweight Championship in 2005 at Wrestlemania 21.
Throughout the years Batista established himself as one of the most popular wrestlers ever, which is why he's headed to the Hall of Fame.