Only John Cena and CM Punk challenge Dave Bautista, better known simply as Batista by wrestling fans, for the title of biggest locker room player. Over the span of his decade-plus career in the WWE, he's believed to have hooked up with several of the company's female talent.
But those days are long behind the now-married former World Heavyweight Champion. Following in the footsteps of fellow former WWE superstars John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, since leaving wrestling, Batista has pursued a career in acting, with roles in Riddick, Spectre, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The latter proved to be a box office hit, bringing in close to $800 million worldwide and turning Batista into a veritable movie star. In May of 2017, he will reprise his role of Drax the Destroyer in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
In honor of his recent Hollywood success, we thought we'd look back at his greatest WWE accomplishments: his hookups. Here are the top 10 hottest women Batista has hooked up with. Most of them are confirmed (like his three wives), while some of them are simply rumored flings (but given his reputation, it’s probably fair to assume there's some truth to them).
10 Glenda Bautista (aka The Mystery Woman)
Editor's Note: No, the picture above is not of Glenda, but a young Batista. With long hair. She unfortunately has no available photos online. But we promise there are indeed gorgeous women on this list, so keep reading!
Batista married his first wife, Glenda, in 1990. Together they had two children, Keilani and Athena, born in 1990 and 1992, respectively. You might be surprised to learn that Batista, now 48, became a grandfather before the age of 40.
Aside from the fact that they married in 1990 and divorced in 1998, not much is known about his first wife. Batista didn’t join the WWE until a year after he got married, and he didn’t hit it big until a few years after that, so his personal life wasn’t covered nearly as much as it is today.
A quick Internet search of Glenda reveals practically nothing except for the fact that she was married to Dave. Who knows whether or not she’s hot, but given Batista’s penchant for dating beautiful women, it’s probably safe to assume she was. If he was able to pull down a gorgeous young pole dancer in his late 40s, imagine the women he must have dated in his early 20s.
9 Melina Perez
Batista opened up about his relationship with WWE Diva Melina Perez in his autobiography, Batista Unleashed. In it, he says, “I was heartbroken after me and my wife split up, and I started dating other girls. I really fell for Melina.” Some, including his wife at the time, even believed that he was seeing Perez while he was still married, but he has denied this, insisting that they were just friends at the time. The two briefly split while he hooked up with Rebecca DiPietro, but they got back together in 2007.
At the time of their relationship, Batista said of Melina and the difficulties of dating in the wrestling world: “It’s been pretty rocky for us. A lot of it has to do with the business. It’s very hard to date in this business. We still talk on a daily basis, and there’s still a lot of love there. But we’re having a really hard time. Trying to have a relationship with anybody is hard enough, but trying to have one with people in this business, knowing what goes on, is difficult. New guys and girls coming out and coming in… it’s really hard.”
8 Layla El
This is one of those hookups that’s never been confirmed, but the story behind the rumors is so interesting it has to be true. During a taping of The Tom Green Show in 2008, Miz and Morrison decided it would be funny to prank call Layla’s hotel room. But instead of getting her, they got a man who sounded suspiciously like Batista.
Now, what would a guy like Batista, whose acquired the reputation for sleeping around, be doing in the room of an attractive female wrestler? Chances are they weren’t doing their taxes. Maybe they were just wrestling—you know, “wrestling.”
Layla has since moved on to Batista’s former colleague, Ricky Ortiz, whom she married in 2015.
7 Taryn Terrell
This one's another unconfirmed rumor, but hey, we're TheSportster, not The New York Times—rumors are good enough for us.
According to online fan boards, Batista may (or may not) have hooked up with Taryn Terrell during her brief stint in the WWE, where she served as the general manager of ECW and eventually as a member of Smackdown. If the rumors are true, this would be one of Batista's most impressive hookups, as Terrell was an absolute knockout.
A few years after leaving WWE, she joined TNA, where she would set the record for longest reign as TNA Knockouts Champion at 279 days. She has since left wrestling altogether to become a stunt woman, working on films such as This Is the End and Jurassic World.
6 Angie Bautista
Batista wasted no time after his first marriage ended, quickly getting married to Angie. Their marriage lasted just eight years. According to playerswives.com, “Despite their split, Dave and Angie Bautista have reconciled and are close friends.” Even though they’re no longer together, a part of her will always be with him, as he had the word “Angel,” for Angie, tattooed on his right bicep in kanji script.
Seeing as though she’s not a wrestler, not much is known about Angie, who chose to stay out of the spotlight. Batista respected his wife’s wishes by keeping their private life private.
In 2002, Angie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She credits Dave’s support for helping her get through it.
5 Shelly Martinez
This one isn’t so much a hookup as an alleged hookup attempt on Batista’s part. Most people know the story of Shelly Martinez’s prompt exit from the company in 2007. In 2013, Martinez blamed it on Batista, telling VOC Nation during an interview: “Batista and I had an aggressive conversation backstage and he said something that were unnecessary and uncalled for. If it was outside of wrestling, I’m pretty sure it could have been a legal problem for both Batista and WWE. But this is wrestling, and it’s a man’s business, so I fired back and they fired me. I was just a vampire girl in the fake ECW; he was Batista, and they wanted to accommodate him.”
While the exact nature of their feud was never made clear, rumor has it that Shelly disapproved of the way he treated his then-girlfriend Melina, and Batista, in turn, disapproved of her disapproval, leading to an all-out shouting war backstage between the two, which resulted in Martinez’s dismissal. However, a wrestling fan on an online discussion board presented an alternative theory as to the source of their squabbles: He tried to hookup with her, and she turned him down, which led to her being fired. This, however, has never been confirmed and is most likely just online speculation, but it certainly adds an interesting element to their famous backstage blowup.
4 Rosa Mendes
Canadian WWE Diva Rosa Mendes, who has been with the company for over a decade, is now happily engaged to musician and clothing company owner Bobby Schubenski, with whom she has a baby daughter, but before settling down she had a reputation for being something of a serial wrestler dater. She’s been linked to Eddie Colon, Santino Marella, and Steven Slocum. Her relationship with Slocum, to whom she was briefly engaged, ended badly in 2012 when she filed battery charges against him, claiming to have feared for her life.
Mendes and Batista dated in 2009. Although, given how little is known about their relationship, “dated” might be too strong a word. It’s more likely that they had a brief fling.
3 Kelly Kelly
It should come as no surprise to wrestling fans that Batista and Kelly Kelly were romantically linked at one point, considering they’re two of the most notoriously promiscuous wrestlers in recent WWE history.
Kelly also dated CM Punk and John Cena, the latter allegedly while he was still married to Elizabeth Huberdeau. Other notable names on her dating resume include Test, Justin Gabriel, Dolph Ziggler, Jeff Hardy, and Entourage star Jeremy Piven. Her relationship with Batista took place in 2008.
Kelly, who’s gone back to her original name of Barbie Blank, is now married to former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Sourray. They got engaged in 2014 and tied the knot in February 2016.
2 Rebecca DiPietro
Not much is known about Batista's relationship with Rebecca DiPietro, but according to whosdatedwho.com, the couple dated for a few months in 2006 during her brief stint in the WWE, not long after he had split from his second wife, Angie.
A former Playboy model, Rebecca signed with the WWE in August 2006 after she was discovered in a video by the company. Utilized mostly for her looks, she got her start by making appearances in bikini contests in the developmental territory Deep South Wrestling. From there, she would be promoted to the role of backstage interviewer for ECW.
Roughly eight months after her wrestling career began, she asked for and was granted her release from the WWE.
1 Sarah Jade
Batista is a lucky man. His current wife, Sarah Jade, whom he marred in 2015, isn’t just a pole-dancer—she’s an award-winning pole-dancer. Jade, who’s described as a “competitive pole dancer” and “pole aerialist” who owns her own pole dance studio, took home the top prize at Miss Pole Dance America 2016. According to her website, she is a “classique style pole dancer with a love for high heels and body rolls. She began pole dancing after seeing the girls at her bartending gig, and bought a pole online… She began teaching in 2010 and opened her own studio, Buttercup Pole Dance, in January 2012.”
After dating for several years, she and Batista finally tied the knot in 2015. In attendance at the wedding were several of his WWE colleagues, including Titus O’Neil, Chris Jericho, MVP, and William Regal.