WWE has seen many Superstars break into over areas of entertainment. Dave Bautista certainly took the world by storm and he left WWE as well. It turns out those early years weren’t the greatest for Batista.

Dave Bautista revealed he was constantly living in fear of a potential release during his first years at the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), saying the atmosphere was “very toxic.”

“Wrestling is very competitive. It’s very cutthroat. You’re put in a position where you have to posture up all the time, and it’s exhausting. It’s just exhausting,” the 52-year-old told Men’s Health in an interview.

Bautista said he did not feel comfortable during his early years with the multi-billion-dollar corporation, adding that the thought of not winning the support of people within and outside the WWE plagued his mind.

“I couldn’t get comfortable, people didn’t like me, I was doing something wrong, the company wasn’t going to do anything with me, they didn’t know what to do with me, they didn’t know where I fit in.”

Bautista joined the WWE (then WWF) in the early 2000s. He worked for the promotion’s OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling) development territory prior to making his main roster debut in 2002.

He later joined “Evolution”, a hell stable that also included fellow OVW alumnus Randy Orton, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Triple H. Following his two-year stint with the group, Bautista went on to become a major singles competitor, winning multiple singles and tag titles during his first stint with the WWE.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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