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Batista Reveals He Went Broke And Starved For Three Years After Leaving WWE In 2010

The Animal last appeared for the company at WrestleMania 35...

Six-time WWE Champion Batista lost to Triple H at WrestleMania 35 in what turned out to be his retirement match.

The Animal appeared at the Denver Pop Culture Con event and talked extensively about the struggles he went through while trying to become an actor, and the period of time after he left WWE back in 2010: “I was with WWE at the time and I went and did a film.

"I had zero interest in acting, all I wanted to do was wrestle. I loved wrestling, I was obsessed with wrestling, and I went and did a film as a favour for a friend and I realized I was horrible.

"I was a horrendous actor. I was so mortified that I wanted to prove I could be better, and the company (WWE), they wouldn’t let me do anything outside of the company.”

Dave claimed that he went broke and starved until landing the big role of Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy: “I starved for three years. I went broke. I lost everything. I couldn’t get a job and I said that I will never go back to wrestling until I prove what I set out to prove, and that was that I can make it as an actor. Then I got the role on Guardians.”

You can watch the highlights of Batista's panel below.

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