• Triple H & John Cena Comment On Batista’s 20th WWE Anniversary
20 Years ago today, Batista’s official WWE debut aired on SmackDown.
His WrestleMania 26 opponent John Cena tweeted the following about this occasion:
“20yrs ago @DaveBautista began turning skeptics into believers. Crafting a remarkable legacy in @WWE and continues to amaze with his incredible work as an actor. He’s outspoken, honest & 1 of the nicest, most giving people I’ve ever met. Happy 20yrs from an OWV classmate. Cheers!🥃 “
The final opponent of Batista’s legendary career was fellow Evolution member Triple H.
Below is what The Game, who faced him at WrestleMania 21 & 35, tweeted:
“In the 20 years since @DaveBautista was first introduced to the @WWE Universe, he has never stopped growing and evolving. A main event player, multi-time champion and Hollywood star, one thing has stayed the same: he never stopped chasing his dreams. Congratulations Dave! #Proud”
Below are Batista’s major accomplishments in pro-wrestling:
– 2x WWE Champion
– 4x World Heavyweight Champion
– 3x World Tag Team Champion
– 1x WWE Tag Team Champion
– 2x WrestleMania Main Eventer (21 & 30)
– 2x Royal Rumble Winner (2005 & 2014)
– 1x OVW Heavyweight Champion
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWE HISTORY (May 9, 2002) – WWE SmackDown! *First WWE Episode*
On this day in 2002, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE SmackDown!’.
It was the first SmackDown! show after the WWF/WWE name change.
This episode was pre-taped at the Harbor Yard Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE Judgment Day 2002’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. WWE Cruiserweight Title: Tajiri vs. The Hurricane
2. Test vs. Mark Henry
3. Lance Storm vs. Randy Orton
4. Reverend D-Von vs. Triple H
5. Rico, Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo vs. Al Snow, Maven & Rikishi
6. Chris Jericho & Kurt Angle vs. Hulk Hogan & Edge