Dave Bautista, the former WWE world champion turned actor, announced his official retirement from sports entertainment after one last match at WrestleMania 35 on Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey (Monday in Manila).
"Batista" lost to Triple H in a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania 35, with WWE Hall-of-Famer Ric Flair providing an assist. Triple H's wrestling career was on the line in the match.
Batista had made his official return to WWE on February 25, attacking Flair backstage during his birthday celebration. Afterward, he issued a challenge to Triple H that "The Game" eventually accepted.
Known for playing Drax in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies, Batista confirmed after the match that it would be his last in the WWE.
"Tonight was my story book ending and I wanted to leave you with all I had to give. I’ll miss this theater of violence more than I can express in words but I am officially retiring from Sports Entertainment," announced the 50-year-old Batista.
"I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, I leave in great health, and without a doubt the show will go on. I had a hell of a run," he added.
WrestleMania 35 featured feel-good victories by Seth Rollins against Brock Lesnar to become the new Universal Champion, and Kofi Kingston over Daniel Bryan to become the new World Heavyweight Champion.
For the first time in the history of the WWE, the main event of WrestleMania was a women's match, with Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Ronda Rousey battling for the RAW and SmackDown Live titles. Lynch, the Irish wrestler known as "The Man," won both championships after pinning Rousey -- thus giving the "Baddest Woman on the Planet" her first pinfall loss in the WWE.
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