Dave Bautista is slowly but steadily earning the plaudits for his work in Hollywood. He is especially praised for his unique role choices. There is a tendency for wrestlers-turned-actors to go into a particular mold and it sure is enough to get a heavy paycheck. But Bautista, to his credit, has not swayed from his philosophy a tad bit. He was seen in the Netflix movie Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery this year. The Animal’s character work in the film earned rave reviews.

 He has recently revealed sound words of wisdom he received from a WWE legend in the past before he ventured full time into Hollywood.

Dave Bautista opened up on the advice he received from a WWE Legend


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The former WWE champion enjoyed a stellar career in the sports entertainment world. In an interaction with GQ, Bautista opened up about the advice he received from WWE legend Stone Cold Steve Austin regarding working in Hollywood.

Batista said, “Before I left WWE, Stone Cold Steve Austin pulled me aside and said, ‘You’re going to get offers for horrible scripts. The money will be tempting. Don’t get caught in that trap.”

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Needless to say, Bautista has inculcated this in his selection of scripts. He has put the story above everything else. That sort of advice did highlight Austin’s affection for his peers. ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ was the fiercest rival to fellow wrestler Dwayne Johnson. The duo headlined three WrestleMania events which are the most for any pair of performers. Austin even admitted that Johnson always brought out the best in him.

Bautista is making headway in the acting world, unlike many of his athlete peers. His impressive body of work in Hollywood is for everyone to see.

Bautista and Cena once dominated the WWE


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The former Evolution member, along with John Cena dominated the Stamford-based promotion in the latter half of the 2000s. The two superstars were at the peak of their powers at the time, winning every major accolade the company had to offer. However, Bautista opened up on the injustice done by the WWE when it came to his treatment as compared to Cena.

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Dave Bautista has broken a huge stereotype about big-muscled athletes, which is their association with only action movies. The fact that actor has flourished in various genres has surprised many. He is turning out to be a great export from the world of wrestling. Bautista refusing the big bucks in order to focus on his craft displays his immense courage.


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Ritvic Pratap Singh


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Ritvic Pratap Singh is a WWE and AEW writer at EssentiallySports. Ritvic is very passionate about WWE and pro wrestling as the image of a wrestling ring always filled him with excitement and AJ Styles his favorite WWE superstar. Besides the wrestling world, Ritvic also has a profound love for soccer and is an ardent Manchester City fan.
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