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Dave Bautista, former WWE Champion and Muscle & Fitness Cover Model, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next year for his countless achievements.
The Avengers star told People magazine that it was WWE CEO Vince McMahon who asked if he would accept the honor. "I was not surprised, but I was pretty happy," Bautista told People. "It's a good feeling, it's a really good feeling."
The muscular star, who also competed in mixed martial arts, started his wrestling career in 2000 at the age of 30, but quickly became a force to be reckoned with.
In 2003 he founded the wrestling faction Evolution with Paul "Triple H" Levesque, the Nature Boy Ric Flair and Randy Orton. Bautista remained part of the evolution until 2005, when he betrayed Triple H and defeated him at WrestleMania 21 to win his first world heavyweight title.
During his career, he had many memorable feuds with John Cena, the Undertaker, Adam Copeland, aka "Edge," to name but a few. In 2010, he left WWE, but returned in 2014 (right after his debut in Marvel Cinematic Universe as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy) for a few months back.
He returned early this year and played against Triple H, culminating in a match with no holds at WrestleMania that Levesque won. Bautista announced his retirement from wrestling the following day.
Outside the WWE, Bautista has become an accomplished actor. His biggest role was Drax of Guardians of the Galaxy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which he played a small role in Avengers: Endgame, the movie with the highest revenue ever.
In addition to Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling he also starred in the James Bond movie Specter in the legendary role of "Bond Villian" and Blade Runner 2049.
Muscle & Fitness readers are no strangers to Bautista – he was twice on the cover revealing his secrets of how to shred to play Drax and other characters. Here you can follow some of his training tips.
Recently, the former WWE superstar flirts openly with Ashley Sebera, a WWE superstar named "Dana Brooke" and former girlfriend of the late bodybuilder Dallas McCarver.
Sebera herself is a savvy bodybuilder who won the Female Image Award 2017, an award given every year at the Mr. Olympia to athletes who best represent the IFBB Professional League and the National Physique Committee by giving them to others hand back.
The WWE also announced that the New World Order – the famous WCW faction, which included Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman – is also being inducted into the Hall of Fame. The NWO rocked the wrestling world in the 1990s and early 2000s and helped WCW become a rating advantage over WWE for many years.