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Every Batista Title Reign, Ranked

Dave "The Animal" Batista won 10 Championships throughout his time in WWE, which spanned three different tenures.

Batista, like all three of his Evolution counterparts, hit the impressive milestone of winning double-digit championships during his days with WWE. Surely, he'll be elected in the WWE Hall of Fame someday.

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So how do all 10 of Batista's title reigns stack up against one another? Let's count them down from worst to best.

10 First WWE Championship

The Animal won the WWE Championship for the first time in his career at Extreme Rules 2009, defeating former Evolution partner Randy Orton via pinfall. But the reign only lasted one day, as Batista had to relinquish the title belt.

As it turned out, Batista had suffered a torn biceps, and he had to miss several months of action. With the reign lasting just one day, Batista's first WWE Championship takes the 10th spot by default.

9 Third World Tag Team Championship Reign

John Cena and Batista both emerged as main event stars after winning the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships at WrestleMania 21, respectively. So it was only fitting that these two captured the World Tag Team Championships together on the Aug. 4, 2008 episode of Monday Night Raw.

The two had defeated Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes to win the titles. However, their reign lasted only seven days before the two multi-generational superstars regained the Championships on the ensuing episode of Raw.

This was one of the shortest Tag Team Championship reigns in WWE history. It was fun while it lasted!

8 Fourth World Heavyweight Championship

Batista clashed with Chris Jericho in the main event of Cyber Sunday 2008 for the World Heavyweight Championship, with Hall of Famer 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin serving as the special guest referee.

The Animal came on top via pinfall to win his four World Heavyweight Championship. However, it turned out to be one of the shortest World title reigns in the company's history. Batista dropped it eight days later to Jericho in a steel cage match during the Nov. 3, 2008 episode of Raw.

This was the final reign Batista would ever have with the World Heavyweight Championship.

7 WWE Tag Team Championship Reign

Batista and Rey Mysterio forged quite the partnership together during their days on the SmackDown brand. But with Batista usually involved in the main event picture, it left little time for him and Mysterio in the tag team division.

Hard as it may be to believe, the two only captured the WWE Tag Team Championships once together. They accomplished this feat after taking down MNM on the Dec. 13, 2005 episode of SmackDown.

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However, Mysterio and Batista didn't last long with the titles. They dropped them back to MNM only two weeks later, thus ending a reign that seemed destined to last long-term.

6 Second World Tag Team Championship Reign

Batista and Ric Flair had dropped the World Tag Team Championships to Booker T and Rob Van Dam on the Feb. 16, 2004 edition of Raw. However, The Animal and The Nature Boy redeemed themselves by regaining the titles one month later.

But their second go-around with the World Tag Team titles didn't last long. Chris Benoit and Edge dethroned them on the Apr. 19 episode of Raw to win the titles. This marked the last time where Batista and Flair would hold Tag Team title gold together.

5 Second WWE Championship

John Cena was able to become the new WWE Champion (dethroning Sheamus) during the 2010 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. However, Vince McMahon announced that The Animal would be challenging Cena right then and there for his WWE Championship.

Sure enough, Batista made easy work of Cena to win his second WWE Championship. The latter earned a rematch at WrestleMania XXVI, and he defeated Batista via submission to win the title back. Batista's reign only lasted 35 days here, and he'd never get his hands on the WWE Championship again.

4 First World Tag Team Championship Reign

Armageddon 2003 marked the highest of points for Triple H's Evolution stable. That night, The Game was able to defeat Goldberg and Kane in a triple threat match to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Randy Orton had also defeated RVD to become the new Intercontinental Champion.

And of course, Batista and Flair had defeated The Dudley Boyz to become the new World Tag Team Champions. With that, all four members of Evolution were now holding championship gold.

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Batista and Flair would retain the title belts for 64 days. They eventually dropped the World Tag Team Championships to RVD and Booker T, as mentioned above, before winning them back several weeks later.

3 3.Third World Heavyweight Championship

Batista, Rey Mysterio and The Great Khali (the champion) squared off in a triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship at Unforgiven 2007. Just when it looked like Mysterio was about to come away with the victory, Batista broke up the pinfall and pinned Great Khali to win the title for the third time in his career.

Batista had a successful title defense against Great Khali at the 2007 No Mercy pay-per-view. He defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Edge and The Undertaker in a triple threat match at the Armageddon pay-per-view to Edge.

However, The Rated-R Superstar was able to pin Batista to win the Championship, thus ending The Animal's reign at 91 days.

2 Second World Heavyweight Championship

After suffering a biceps injury, Batista's first World Heavyweight Championship reign ended in Jan. 2006, when he had to relinquish the title. He got his chance to regain the title at Survivor Series in 2006 against King Booker, with the stipulation carrying a "Last Chance" match for Batista.

Well, he capitalized on the opportunity and defeated King Booker to win the title. Batista had a successful title defense against the latter on the Feb. 27, 2007 taping of SmackDown. However, the reign ended at 126 days when he lost to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando.

1 First World Heavyweight Championship

There was never a question about which of Batista's title reigns would take the top spot on this list.

After winning the 2005 Royal Rumble, Batista backstabbed Evolution leader Triple H and chose to face him at WrestleMania 21 for the World Heavyweight Championship. Sure enough, Batista was able to defeat his long-time mentor via pinfall to win the first singles championship of his career.

This match and title reign launched Batista into the main event picture over the long run. He later joined SmackDown via the WWE draft and emerged as one of the top babyfaces of the brand. It was this moment and reign that helped Batista enjoy a Hall of Fame-caliber career.

And of course, Batista held onto the title for a whopping 282 days, before the aforementioned triceps injury forced him to relinquish it in Jan 2006. Otherwise, who knows how much longer the reign would have gone on for?

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