“I’ll miss this theater of violence more than I can express in words but I am officially retiring from Sports Entertainment.”
Wrestler-turned-movie star Dave Bautista’s return to the ring was shortlived.
The man known to the WWE Universe as Batista fought Triple H in a No Holds Barred match Sunday night at WrestleMania and announced Monday morning that he was retiring from professional wrestling.
“I’ll miss this theater of violence more than I can express in words but I am officially retiring from Sports Entertainment,” Bautista wrote on Instagram.
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To all the @wwe fans across the world that gave me the opportunity to suspend your disbelief, thank you. From the biggest part of my heart thank you for letting me entertain you. Tonight was my story book ending and I wanted to leave you with all I had to give. I’ll miss this theater of violence more than I can express in words but I am officially retiring from Sports Entertainment. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, I leave in great health, and without a doubt the show will go on. I had a hell of a run. Thank you for the journey ✌🏼#dreamchaser #wrestlemania35
Bautista came late to wrestling, joining WWE’s developmental system in 2000 at age 31, but quickly moved his way up the card after making his television debut in 2002. He captured the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 21 in 2005 and held the title for 282 days, the longest reign in the belt’s history.
Bautista began taking small TV acting roles in 2006 and made his feature film debut in 2012’s The Man with the Iron Fists. He rose to stardom as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. His first major starring role will come in the movie Stuber, set to be released in July, in which he plays a lead role alongside Kumail Nanjiani.