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  • And You Thought It Would Fail: When he was announced as starring as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, many critics and fans thought that, being a wrestler turned actor, he would be the worst part of the film. This even included his former employers at WWE, who declined to promote Batista’s involvement because they didn’t trust the film would be any good. Once the film came out, and as shown below, he became one of the best parts of the film.
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  • Author's Saving Throw: After his big Heel–Face Return in 2014 didn't pan out, they had him turn heel after Elimination Chamber and inserted Daniel Bryan into the main event of WrestleMania. Dave, however, feels that this shouldn't have been necessary at all, because he didn't even want to come back as a face — he knew it wasn't going to end well so he wanted to come back as a heel, which he's more comfortable being anyway.
  • Awesome Music: "BAA-DUM, BAA-DUM, BAA-DUM, BAA-DUD-A-DUM... KABOOM!" (Famously got bigger pops even than John Cena's ring entrance)
  • Badass Decay: After they made him talk more and started scripting his promos. He didn't really regain any of his previous badass status until he became Douchetista, and even then he spent like three months jobbing to Cena before his initial retirement. Indeed his last appearance in 2010 had him whining and ranting about how mistreated he was and he ended up rage quitting.
  • Broken Base:
    • Winning the 2014 Royal Rumble. It really doesn't help that he's previously won one before, and that fans greatly would have preferred the likes of Daniel Bryan, or even Roman Reigns to win. Just his 2014 return in general. See X-Pac Heat below.
    • On the Devil's Advocate side of the broken base, he still does have fans who feel like he doesn't deserve nearly as much venom as he's gotten. On one hand, they mention how he's appeared more regularly and been much more involved and "in the trenches" than some other recent returns, not to mention how he did help to put over up-and-comers such as Daniel Bryan and the Shield. Others feel like he's merely the flashpoint for a lot of long-building fan resentment at the number of “part-timers:” a dirty-word in the IWC to reference the number of older returning wrestlers who fill up the card and take time away from the current roster. It had been simmering for a while, and he just happened to be there when it boiled over.
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  • Fashion-Victim Villain: One of the things most heavily snarked about during his 2014 return is that his fashion sense is... odd. His preference for skinny jeans is frequently brought up, since they just look weird on a man with his build. Then there's the blue outfit from Payback 2014. Contrasted further by the fact that everyone else in the ring (even the referee) was clad in black and white or all-black.
  • Fountain of Memes: Batista is very much the poster child for memes in professional wrestling as a result of his Badass Decay.
    • "Basketballs... don't hold grudges!"
    • "That's my title, and come this Sunday, I'll be taking it back!"
    • The Batista Code (for his seemingly endless amounts of shots at world titles)
    • "Congratulations. I want my rematch."
    • And from his entrance theme, 'YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAH!'
    • Batista is pretty much Photoshop fodder at various wrestling forums (the majority of which comes from the former WrestleCrap forum).
    • To Rey Mysterio: "YER SAHPOZED TA BE MAH FREEEND!!"
      • Also, "I'm gonna rip your head off."
    • "Weapons aren't only welcomed... they're allowed!"
    • "...stoop! that! low! Duct tape!? Are you serious? Really? Duct tape?"
    • There was also his trademark ring entrance, which involved him miming the firing of a machine gun (which looked more like he was cabbage-patching) to the tune of Saliva's "I Walk Alone", which has been imitated by some WWE fans.
      • There was an episode of RAW which showed Batista warming up for his match, then a "fan" comes by and stands in front of him and imitates Batista's entrance. He is then chased away by security.
    • "JBL, at The Great American Bash... I'm gonna expose your ass!"
    • "Goodnight, everybody!"
    • "You keep on kissing babies and hugging fat girls."
    • " I hate you Batistaaa!" "I hate you too!"
    • "DEAL WITH IT!"
    • This photo
    • Bootista.
      • Bluetista.
    • How big is Batista's dick?
      • For an explanation....a troll on the Kayfabe Commentaries site constantly sends in this question to ask whomever the guest is. The host, Sean Oliver, almost apologetically asks this question, and the response ranges from bemused to enraged to usually just confused why someone would want to know this so badly.
    • "Give me what I want!"
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Or rather, Filipinos love Batista. Justified since he is half-Filipino and is proud of it. He even had the flag tattooed on his left biceps beside the Greek flag as a tribute to his lineage.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Roman Reigns being cheered over him at the 2014 Royal Rumble, considering a year later Reigns' own Rumble victory received arguably an even worse reception than Batista's did. In fact, despite the company's attempt to turn him into another John Cena, many point out that Reigns actually shares more similarities with Batista, which, for whatever reason, the company seems to be ignoring. He's so much like Batista that those same people believe that Reigns is just better off turning heel like he did, especially after the crappy booking of 2015.
    • Batista's expressions of support for fellow Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao, such as escorting him to a fight against Ricky Hatton, feel tragically ironic now that some homophobic remarks Pacquiao made have given him a Broken Pedestal - to the extent that Batista delivered a Cluster F-Bomb on TMZ to call out Pacquiao's insensitivity.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Regarding Batista's performance in Guardians of the Galaxy as Drax the Destroyer: In spite of playing The Comically Serious character, and being a wrestler that took up acting (which typically doesn't work out, with a couple of famous exceptions), Batista has moments in the film where his portrayal of Drax movingly comes across as an individual that has lost everything and suffered for it. Critics took notice.
    • His role in Blade Runner 2049 gave him the chance to stretch his acting muscles even more and show audiences just how good he is. A sample can be seen in Nowhere to Run a short prequel to the film.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Dave wanted to come back for Summer Slam 2014 — a few months after he departed that year — to do some cross promotional work for Guardians. According to Batista, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon actually laughed at the idea, saying "We don't even know if that movie will be any good." Guardians of the Galaxy would go on not only to significant critical acclaim, but would gross more money than every single WWE Studios film combined. Speaking of which...
    • one point he and CM Punk feuded with Evolution as part of a team. After Punk retired, good ol' Phil went to write comics, having a hand in Drax stories before Batista landed the role in the MCU.
  • Love to Hate: Batista even describes himself as "the worst babyface in the history of wrestling", but he is such a good heel. "Douche-tista is best-tista" indeed.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: While he was only a Scrappy to a small portion of the audience, specifically the smarks, Batista became a major favorite among that minority after his heel turn. Douchetista: The Bes-tista. This even started to happen again after his return in 2014. At first? People hated him for the reasons you can see under X-Pac Heat below. But as time went on, the man was at least willing to turn Heelnote  (when playing Face was too bad of a cognitive dissonance), tap out to Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania, and helped put over the Shield at back-to-back PPVs. During this time, the ring rust started to come off too, and he got really good at the Douchetista schtick along the way. When he left to promote Guardians of the Galaxy, a lot of the same people who hated him at first wished he wasn't going.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: His 2014 had the potential to be so much better than it was, but it was dead in the water for a couple of reasons:
    • An initial reluctance to turn him heel, likely because of the cross-promotion with Guardians of the Galaxy, despite Batista being a natural heel in the past with his "Douche-tista" gimmick, which would play naturally into a "egotistical movie star" return that's been done brilliantly in the past by Wade Barrett and currently by the Miz. This one was later fixed, turning him heel and aligning him with Triple H and Randy Orton as an Evolution reunion.
    • The other was his push directly into the title picture so fast, winning the Royal Rumble during his first match and getting a fast track directly into the title match at Wrestlemania XXX over Daniel Bryan, who had been Triple H's favorite dog to kick for months and whose push at the time was generally coming across as a "keep knocking him down so his victory is all the sweeter" type of story that would logically culminate at the biggest show of the year. In comes Batista, and Bryan's fans (which was pretty much everybody at that point) led a revolt Batista just couldn't overcome even if he'd wanted to.
    • Much of the plot wastage was also due to the fact that the way they built hype for his return ultimately ended up undermining the entire thing. His return was heavily announced in January and he had already debuted on Raw prior to the Royal Rumble PPV, meaning the excitement his sudden return would have gotten if he was a shocking surprise entrant in the Rumble was completely killed. Instead, any interest in him had been sucked out because the way they'd announced his return made it so obvious he was going to win and go to WrestleMania. Everyone knew Batista was going to win the Rumble. Everyone knew it. They telegraphed it from the moment his return was advertised. Spoilers were all over the internet. In fact, his Royal Rumble win was so transparently obvious and so widely known ahead of time that people started believing that it was a decoy and the WWE were going to pull a fake out on it. Batista probably would have been much better received if they'd tried to keep all word of his return as quiet as possible ahead of the Royal Rumble.
    • It's also worth noting that Batista himself saw all of this coming when they told him of their plans for him to begin with. He would comment in unscripted interviews following his departure later in the year that he told them this would grossly backfire because of fans' anxiousness to see Bryan on top and because he is, in his own words, "the worst babyface in the history of wrestling." When the man who your plan will put in place as your champion tells you himself that said plan is a bad idea, maybe that's a cue that you should adjust it to work if not pull the plug altogether. In fact, during his interview with Chris Van Vliet which was equal parts wrestling talk and promotion for Spectre, Dave openly called out the company's controlling nature and creatively stifling environment as why his return sucked, stating that promises were made that weren't fulfilled and singling out the heel vs. babyface thing as the main issue among them.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Kayfabe-wise, in his 2008 feud with Shawn Michaels. We were supposed to want Dave to avenge Ric Flair's WWE-career-ending defeat back at WrestleMania XXIV. You know, the same storyline that had consisted of (1) Ric being the one wanting HBK to go all out, (2) HBK being conflicted and reluctant throughout the whole thing, and (3) there being nothing but bittersweet respect between them afterward. In contrast, Dave ignored all of that, deriding HBK for his (supposed) ego in not just taking a dive, and complaining that he (Dave) wouldn't get to tour with his idol anymore. Therefore, Dave came across more as a Wangsty Designated Hero with Insane Troll Logic than a sympathetic figurative example of You Killed My Father. And it certainly didn't help that he, upon winning this feud, mockingly invoked Ironic Echo of HBK's own Apologetic Attacker words to Flair when beating him — thus indirectly disrespecting Flair far more than (Dave believed) HBK ever had.
  • X-Pac Heat: He's gotten this really really bad since his return in January 2014. The main problem is that the fans nor the man himself really buy his status as a Face (especially with his kind of dickish behavior upon his return), yet WWE keeps stubbornly pushing him as one, likely due to capitalize on his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy. He's been stuck in a boring feud with Alberto Del Rio that hasn't gone anywhere, fans think he is getting an unfair push to WrestleMania over crowd favorite Daniel Bryan (who's been screwed so many times even "Stone Cold" Steve Austin would raise an eyebrow), it's blatantly obvious that he is not even close to being in ring shape (just watch his "spear" on Roman Reigns in the Royal Rumble), and now fans are calling him "Bootista." It's to the point that the WWE had to go through with a Face–Heel Turn less than a week after Elimination Chamber & alter their plans for WrestleMania by adding the stipulation that if Daniel Bryan defeats Triple H earlier in the night, he will be added to the match for the WWE World Heavyweight title. Suffice it to say, so far the Batista returns experiment has been a… disappointment. This actually gets acknowledged in-kayfabe during the buildup to Wrestlemania 30 when Randy Orton points out to Batista that his inability to get over with the fans led to them essentially rioting and pushing for Bryan to get inserted into the title match.
    Orton: I mean no disrespect whatsoever, but when you left, nobody cared; when you came back, people cared even less. If you would have just lived up to all your hype, we wouldn't be in this situation right now!
  • Vindicated by History: See The Scapegoat and They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot. Fans are genuinely regretful that Dave's return went the way it did, and after 2015, realized where the real problem lies: management. Many even began to miss Batista as the booking of 2015 went into a complete nosedive as the year wore on.

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