BATISTA KICKOFF MATCH
Name
Batista
Real Name
David Bautista
Date of Birth
January 18, 1969
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1997
Antonio Cesaro
In an action filled Wrestlemania 30 kickoff match, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso retained the WWE tag team championship by defeating Diego, Fernando, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro in a fatal four way elimination tag team bout. Afterwards, Cesaro did a face turn after Swagger attempted to attack him for being pinned.
April 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Despite being thrown into the kickoff match at Wrestlemania 30, Antonio Cesaro is the choice for Mick Foley when it comes to being the guy that will be given the big spotlight on the next episode of Monday Night Raw. Generally, WWE considers this episode to be the start of the new season, so they try to elevate someone up the ladder that evening.
April 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Rumor has it that there are several people backstage in WWE that are disappointed with how Antonio Cesaro is being utilized at Wrestlemania 30. Instead of being given a big singles match on the pay per view, he is working a kickoff match with Jack Swagger. It also features Jimmy Usu, Jey Uso, Fernando, Diego, Ryback and Curtis Axel.
April 4, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Initially, the belief was that the tag team championships were going to be given some spotlight by WWE at their biggest pay per view of the year, but it has now been announced that Ryback, Curtis Axel, Fernando, Diego, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso are being moved to the Wrestlemania 30 kickoff match spot.
April 1, 2014
Andre the Giant
Since time constraints might be an issue, there were talks earlier this week of putting the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as a kickoff match, but management wants to use it as a promotional vehicle, so it is now back on the main Wrestlemania 30 card. Many are expecting the segment to be heavily rushed, though.
March 19, 2014
Andre the Giant
While a lot of fans bought into the hype of the match since a legendary name was attached to it, WWE is viewing the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as an afterthought. There is even a strong push to move it off the pay per view and utilized it as a kickoff match, despite several stars such as Ryback, Kofi Kingston, Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler being rumored for spots.
March 15, 2014
Curtis Axel
Once you get into that WWE dog house, it's pretty hard to get out. Management has sent more messages to Ryback this month. First, he and Curtis Axel are utilized as a filler tag team during the Elimination Chamber 2014 kickoff match. This week, the two of them are paired up with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre in an eight man tag team match on WWE Superstars.
February 26, 2014
Cody Rhodes
While many were under the impression that Cody Rhodes was being left off of the Elimination Chamber 2014 main card because of his knee injury, apparently, he is healthy enough to work, as WWE has placed him into the kickoff match. He will be teaming with Goldust in a tag team match against Ryback and Curtis Axel.
February 19, 2014
Darren Young
In case you missed the announcement on Monday Night Raw this week, Darren Young and Titus ONeil will be having their grudge match on the main Elimination Chamber 2014 pay per view next Sunday night. Many were under the belief that it was going to be the kickoff match, but management decided to step things up a bit.
February 19, 2014
Billy Gunn

During the kickoff match for Royal Rumble 2014, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn shocked the wrestling world when they were able to defeat Cody Rhodes and Goldust to become the new WWE tag team champions. Many were under the impression that their return was a temporary one.

January 26, 2014
Billy Gunn

Cody Rhodes and Goldust will be defending the WWE tag championships against Road Dogg and Billy Gunn before the Royal Rumble 2014 starts. The kickoff match was announced via the website, and there should be a mention of it on television tonight during Monday Night Raw.

January 20, 2014
Batista
A special video package of Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton reforming Evolution on Monday Night Raw to send a message to Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.
April 21, 2014
Batista
A video of Sheamus wrestling Batista on the main event of Smackdown this week. WWE has been discussing a full blown feud between the two performers later on this year, so this might have been a test to see how the audience reacts.
April 20, 2014
MVP
For the longest time there, MVP was the longest reigning WWE United States Heavyweight Champion, but that mark looks to be broken soon if Dean Ambrose can hold on to the belt a little while longer. The Shield member rarely defends the belt, but WWE could opt to include it in the story line against Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista.
April 18, 2014
Batista
Even though the stable was just reunited, it appears that WWE is already planting seeds for an eventual breakup between Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton. Through an online poll, the company has been asking fans which of the three is the most dominant. The belief is that WWE will go with a story line where egos break apart the trio like it did several years back.
April 18, 2014
Seth Rollins
Even though Daniel Bryan and John Cena are both expected to work their respective matches at the pay per view, Extreme Rules 2014 will be built around a huge six man tag team match featuring Batista, Triple H, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. WWE might even have Evolution and Shield closing out the show as well.
April 17, 2014
Batista
Even though he is one of the more known performers in the company, WWE is allowing Batista to skip out on the Saudi Arabia tour taking place this week. The belief when the former world heavyweight champion was brought back was that he would help with global marketing due to his history in the company and being a movie star.
April 16, 2014
Randy Orton
Since he was on such a roll, many wondered if Daniel Bryan was actually going to be given time off after his wedding to Brie Bella to enjoy his honeymoon. The WWE champion was not on Monday Night Raw this week, and there are rumors that the Total Divas camera crew were with him on his break. WWE filled in his spot by having Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton reforming Evolution.
April 16, 2014
Batista
After beating Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista at Wrestlemania 30 for the heavyweight championship, a lot of fans wondered who WWE will choose to work with Bryan in his first month as champion. As of right now, it looks like management is leaning heavily towards Kane to be his first major opponent. The two are expected to work Extreme Rules 2014 together.
April 15, 2014
Roman Reigns
A video from Monday Night Raw of the Shield rescuing new WWE champion Daniel Bryan from Triple H, Kane, Randy Orton and Batista. This is essentially the face turn of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
April 11, 2014
Randy Orton
At Wrestlemania 30, Daniel Bryan wore a pair of furry boats for his matches against Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista that evening. He revealed through WWE.com that the boats were a tribute to Bruiser Brody, a performer from the 1980s that he greatly admires. Interestingly enough, Brody himself also sported a memorable beard in the ring.
April 9, 2014
Daniel Bryan
As seen on Monday Night Raw this week, WWE is teasing the fans with a potential feud between the Shield and Evolution. There are talks that Batista, Randy Orton, Triple H, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins could be utilized in a big main event match at Extreme Rules 2014. WWE still has to decide on what to do with Daniel Bryan at the pay per view, though.
April 9, 2014
Randy Orton
After he defeated Randy Orton and Batista in the main event of Wrestlemania 30, Daniel Bryan was spotted in the ring celebrating with a woman and a little girl. A lot of WWE fans were immediately intrigued as to who they were, as Bryan is romantically linked to Brie Bella. It has now been revealed that the woman was his sister, and the little girl was his niece.
April 7, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Considering how incredible the show was, WWE should not have any issues with coming up with Wrestlemania 30 highlights to show on Monday Night Raw this week. Brock Lesnar, Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Rock, Daniel Bryan, Triple H, Batista, John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Big Show and Antonio Cesaro provided plenty of memorable Wrestlemania moments.
April 7, 2014
Randy Orton
Despite interference from Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in the main event of Wrestlemania 30, Daniel Bryan was able to defy the odds by beating both Randy Orton and Batista to become the new WWE Heavyweight Champion. He took quite a beating in the match before finally locking Batista into his Yes Lock for the submission victory. Bryan celebrated in the ring afterwards.
April 6, 2014
Stephanie McMahon
In the opening match at Wrestlemania 30, Daniel Bryan shocked the world by cleaning defeating Triple H. He won via pin fall after a running knee. Afterwards, HHH and Stephanie McMahon attacked Bryan, who is heading into the main event of Wrestlemania to challenge Randy Orton and Batista for the WWE heavyweight championship.
April 6, 2014
Batista
In a rather interesting move, WWE is now selling the skinny jeans that Batista ripped during Monday Night Raw last month. It is being sold on their auction website, and the price has climbed up to $260. Batista has been the butt of jokes backstage by other performers for his choice of clothing since making his return to WWE earlier in the year.
April 5, 2014
Brock Lesnar
While he is still viewed as the top star in the company, John Cena will have plenty of time to watch the second half of Wrestlemania 30, as the former world heavyweight champion is scheduled to work against Bray Wyatt in the middle of the show. They're booked behind Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Batista, Randy Orton, Triple H and Daniel Bryan right now.
April 5, 2014
Daniel Bryan
A video of a simulated match on the WWE 2K14 video game featuring Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and Batista fighting for the heavyweight championship at Wrestlemania 30.
April 5, 2014
Batista
"They told me that I was going to come back and be this huge babyface. I said, 'no, it's not going to work.' They said, 'no way, they're dying for you to come back.' I said, 'that's going to last two minutes, just watch.' And sure enough it did." - Batista discusses heel turn
April 5, 2014
Batista
"They used to want to interact with the show, but now the crowd almost wants to be the show. Well, if you want to be the show, take your ass to wrestling school, just like I did, just like everybody else here who is bust their asses and actually become part of the show! Don't just sit in the audience and try to randomly steal the show." - Batista tells the critical fans what to do
April 5, 2014