The name Dave Bautista is well known to all pro wrestling fans. He was a top star in WWE for almost a decade and he competed with the likes of The Undertaker, John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and more. After a successful pro wrestling career, Batista joined Hollywood, making his debut with an uncredited role in the film Relative Strangers.
After doing a number of movies, the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion found success as Drax in MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy. And since then, he has worked with the likes of Denis Villeneuve, Zack Snyder, and Rian Johnson, which has made him a top name in the movie industry.
A senior tech at work today, who worked on @Guardians #GoTG told me about the gigantic rig they made to control the milano, how @prattprattpratt constantly sings on set, and how cool it was to talk with @DaveBautista @RookerOnline @seangunn and @JamesGunn at the wrap party pic.twitter.com/LOWj4tmMx6
— Kyle Jerichow (@KyleJerichow) October 8, 2021
However, things haven’t always been easy and peaceful. At the wrap party of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Batista got involved in a heated exchange that turned into a physical altercation. As a result, the former WWE Champion’s image was heavily hampered.
Nevertheless, people changed their thoughts when they got to know about what actually happened. A Twitter user named Kyle Jerichow opened up about what they had heard about the brawl. In the tweet, he tagged several individuals connected with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Consequently, one of them was the director, James Gunn.
“That wrap party was fun! My primary memory was when a crew member was harassing one of our stand-ins & @seangunn was protecting her & the guy got pushy with Sean & @DaveBautista tapped the harasser’s chest & he FLEW ACROSS THE ROOM because Dave actually has real-life superpowers!” James Gunn tweeted.
Hence, the incident proved that things can be different from what they look like at first. Moreover, it’s also clear that Bautista’s relationship with James Gunn is also great.
Dave Bautista has retired from MCU with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3
Dave Bautista left pro wrestling to pursue a career in Hollywood. However, things didn’t turn out as he expected them to. His stardom as a WWE superstar wasn’t helping him get movies.
Every day I say a little prayer for Drax. The role that changed my life. Forever grateful to the fans and my Guardians family. What a magical journey it’s been. Thank you for letting me be your Drax. 🙏🏼 #DraxForever ❤️ pic.twitter.com/mK5u8sLTI1
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) May 5, 2023
Thus, in a time full of hardship, the role of Drax The Destroyer saved his career. However, the former WWE Champion has announced that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be the last time his fans get to see him as Drax.
The 54-year-old has revealed a number of reasons behind his departure. He has revealed that the shirtless thing is getting harder over time, given his age. Also, the movie being James Gunn’s last is another reason behind Bautista’s retirement from the franchise.