Last night the WWE finally wrote off Batista from television tapings by having him "quit" RAW. Batista really is leaving the WWE to pursue a career in Hollywood and the fact that he lost his staring role in a movie to Triple H because he hadn't renewed his contract with WWE.
With all of that being said, you have to look at Batista as one of the greatest big men to ever work in the WWE, and one of the hardest hitters inside the squared circle. Batista seems to have gone through it all and done it all in pro wrestling, from being world champion to being injured, from main eventing WrestleManias to even being booed out by hardcore ECW fans.
I know there are a lot of people who feel like Batista is limited in the ring at best, but he did have some memorable bouts in his career, so in honor of Batista leaving the WWE I decided to look back on his 10 greatest matches of all time. There is no order of greatness but each match was good for Batista. I hope you enjoy the list.
P.S: Leave your comments below no matter what your view is on Batista, the worst opinion is not having one at all.
Here was Batista's second main event of a WrestleMania. Batista was the champion coming into the event and his opponent was a man who had never lost at WrestleMania, The Undertaker. Their fued was very intense and well written by the WWE, as Batista had screwed Undertaker in a tag match at No Way Out with a deadly spinebuster. The Undertaker played mind games with Batista all the way leading up to this epic match at WrestleMania.
The match was very solid and was an epic battle that saw these two take each other to hell and back with power moves and signatures. Taker was power-slammed through the announcer's table by Batista which sent shock waves through the crowd because the dead man was in danger of losing his winning streak at WrestleMania.
In the end though the Undertaker did pull out a close victory but Batista won over the respect of fans by going toe to toe with Undertaker and having a classic at WrestleMania which a lot of fans doubted.
Batista vs. Triple H was a feud that elevated Batista to main event status in 2005. Batista vs. Triple H main-evented WrestleMania 21 and Backlash in singles matches which Batista had won, but the finale of this great feud came at Vengeance when Batista battled Triple H inside the most demoniac structure that the WWE has, Hell in a Cell.
All the hype was there as the two were at each others throats at the time, and when you add the cell to the equation, you get a recipe for a classic yet bloody ending to the feud.
John Cena and Batista have had some memorable battles in their historical feud, but this was the very first time these two main attractions would face off in the ring.
Batista had just been drafted to RAW two months before and was coming off a feud against CM Punk when WWE placed him in a match that was considered the fans dream match; John Cena vs. Batista at SummerSlam.
The hype was already there and the road to getting to the match was classic, as these two ripped into each other at first before changing course and winning the World Tag Team Titles together against Legacy, only to lose it a week before SummerSlam. These two have had some amazing battles in their time in WWE but this was the first and it was a classic match.
Randy Orton and Batista were groomed in Evolution from 2003 to 2004 and in that time they learned how to carry themselves as superstars and learned what the industry was all about from two former champions, Triple H and Ric Flair.
Once the two left Evolution, the sky was the limit as each feuded with Triple H, won world titles, and either won the fans over or became hated in the fans' eyes.
Still, these two never got to have a memorable PPV match until 2008 when Armageddon rolled around. Batista had just come off a World Title reign as Orton was returning from injury for this bout, and believe me it was an underrated bout. These two may not wow fans when they wrestle but this match really was solid and it was one of the best matches Batista would ever have in his career.
This fatal four-way match had a lot of unpredictability in it, and coming into the match it seemed like there was no clear cut favorite.
Batista was returning from injury when this match was set up and he was best friends with Mysterio. Punk and Taker had been feuding for three months and it all boiled over in this fatal four-way match. This match also would see Batista turn heel for the first time since 2004 and it would set up Batista vs. Rey Mysterio for months down the line.
When Shawn Michaels retired Ric Flair at WrestleMania 24, Michaels said it was the right thing to do and felt like he had done nothing wrong with retiring one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Batista, however, felt different about it.
Batista was pissed off at HBK for ending Ric Flair's career because Ric was Batista's mentor and he was one of Dave's best friends. Shawn accused Batista of jealousy because he wasn't the one that ended Flair's career.
With all of that buildup, what a matchup the fans got in this fight, and throw in Jericho, who had beef with both men, as the guest referee and you get an absolute classic match.
HBK stole a victory away from Batista at Backlash but it was only the beginning of the war, as these two would continue to bash each other verbally. HBK also had a classic bout with Jericho at Judgment Day, so when One Night Stand came around, Batista was ready to end this feud once and for all.
A stretcher match is one of the most brutal matches in the WWE and these two men took each other to the limit in this match. I believe this was Batista's best match in 2008 and his best match against HBK.
Here was a huge matchup right before WrestleMania 23, as it was Raw's WrestleMania Main Event vs. Smackdown's WrestleMania Main Event. The possibilities for this match were endless as these two teams were battling each other in some fierce attacks and also they had to worry about their partner stabbing them in the back right before WrestleMania.
The matchup had so much hype going into it because we would get to see Champion vs. Champion, HBK vs. Undertaker, Cena vs. Undertaker, and tempers boil over all in one match. When fans think about tag team wrestling, they usually don't think of this match but it was one of the best tag team matches in a long time and it would go down as one of Batista's best matches in his WWE career.
Eddie's last PPV bout before he passed away was this one against Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship. Batista was riding high as world champion and he had just finished beating the crap out of JBL in a series of physical matches for the gold. Eddie Guerrerro was named the number one contender to Batista's World Title and thus began the mind games.
Eddie tried to prove to Batista he had changed for good but no matter what, Batista always seemed to be one move ahead of Eddie. The WWE fans never got to see the end of the feud because Eddie died shortly after this classic matchup but overall it will always be remembered as Eddie's last PPV bout.
Batista's heel run climaxed at WrestleMania 26 when he battled John Cena for the WWE Title. Batista did tap out at the event but the hype was high for a rematch between these two bulls, and it would come at Extreme Rules the very next month in a last man standing match for the WWE Title.
Batista vowed to end John Cena's career at Extreme Rules while Cena would try to mentally get inside of Batista's head with some wonderful promos. The match itself was a classic between these two that even saw duct tape at the end. No matter the result, fans realized that Batista is one of the very best in the industry today.