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
El Torito
For those of you that did not watch the Payback 2014 kickoff match, El Torito defeated Hornswoggle with a flying top rope moonsault. Hornswoggle had gotten distracted by thinking that he won after pulling off the mask. Afterwards, Hornswoggle was forced to sit in a barber chair while El Torito shaved his head. Hornswoggle is now bald, and expect WWE to promote that on Monday Night Raw this week.
June 1, 2014
Diego
During the Extreme Rules 2014 kickoff match, El Torito defeated Hornswoggle. He picked up the pin fall victory after jumping off the top rope and driving Hornswoggle through the table. Miniature tables and ladders were utilized during the WeeLC match. Diego, Fernando, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre were all involved in the match.
May 4, 2014
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
News coming out of Comic Con is that a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy has already been set. For WWE fans, that means that Batista will need more time off to work on the film. No word yet on whether or not he plans to remain in the professional wrestling industry since his movie career is moving forward, however. Depending on the success of the first film, Batista could land other roles in Hollywood, which would entice him to leave WWE.
July 27, 2014
Daniel Bryan
For whatever reasons, Mick Foley took to social media this week to defend Batista, stating that it was unfair for fans to have this much hate towards him and his WWE return. Foley mentioned that Batista was at the wrong place at the wrong time because fans were so desperate to see Daniel Bryan being given a proper push. He also feels that not enough people are happy for Batista being featured in a big movie this summer.
July 14, 2014
Brock Lesnar
There is a feeling within the WWE locker room that management does not want Daniel Bryan back in the main event scene when he makes his return. Some are pointing out how he is being brought back in a minimum role at Money in the Bank 2014 as a sign of WWE downplaying his importance. Guys like Batista and Brock Lesnar would not be utilized in such a manner when they come back from their hiatus.
June 29, 2014
Batista
While management might not be a big fan of Adam Rose, he does have a supporter in Batista. At the Comic Con event in Philadelphia over the weekend, Batista told the fans, who were there to hear him speak about the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, that Rose was someone in WWE that people should keep an eye on. That show of support is unlikely to have an effect on management, though.
June 24, 2014
Batista
While his character quit WWE on Monday Night Raw this week, Batista is still very much working with the company. The former world heavyweight champion will still be making an appearance at a WWE NXT event later on this month. Afterwards, he is expected to take off for a couple of months to do promote Guardians of the Galaxy and film another movie.
June 4, 2014
Batista
Those that watched Monday Night Raw last night saw Batista quitting WWE in the storyline. The former world heavyweight champion is taking some time off to promote the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie and to film the Kickboxer remake. Rumors have it that Batista will be making his return to WWE around Summerslam 2014, where he is supposed to work a high profile match.
June 3, 2014
Batista
On Monday Night Raw, WWE did a story line where Batista quit the company after an opening segment interview with Triple H. Batista was upset because he feels that he has been lied to about title opportunities. The former world heavyweight champion walked out of thing, leaving HHH and Randy Orton behind to wonder about the future of Evolution.
June 2, 2014
Dean Ambrose
During the post show for Payback 2014, Roman Reigns told fans that he might have suffered torn triceps during the big main event match involving Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista. Since the interview took place in front of cameras, rumors have it that WWE was just selling the brutality of the match. Reigns is expected to be at Monday Night Raw later on today.
June 2, 2014
Randy Orton
A surprising buzz was created last night when fans made mention of Batista wearing blue ring gear at Payback 2014. At one point, it even become the top trend on Twitter, a fact that Michael Cole proudly boasted to fans. Batista was not nearly as amused, as he took to the social media site today to bash fans for focusing on the color of his outfit, as opposed to the tremendous performance that he, Randy Orton, Triple H, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns put on.
June 2, 2014
Triple H
In a rather surprising move, WWE had the Shield win convincingly against Evolution. Batista and Randy Orton were the first two performers to be eliminated from the main event match at Payback 2014, but both provided interference for Triple H after their eliminations. After taking a brutal beating, Roman Reigns picked up the win for his team. Many expected Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to be eliminated during the match, but WWE opted to give them a dominant ending.
June 2, 2014
Batista
From the moment he made his return to WWE, rumors have persisted as to when Batista was going to be leaving again. The latest word coming out of the company is that the Evolution member is going to be finishing up at the Monday Night Raw in Indianapolis next week. It will be the episode immediately after Payback 2014, and the belief is that Batista will be written off on television.
May 28, 2014
John Cena
In a sign that WWE wants his character to hit the mainstream, Bray Wyatt has been booked for Comic Con event in Chicago in August. Previously, management had instructed Wyatt to avoid doing any media appearances and interviews to preserve his character. Now, they're having him work a huge public event with John Cena, Batista, Paige and Bruno Sammartino.
May 20, 2014
Batista
"I'm just one of those people who never really cared about being cheered or booed. If they cheered me, it motivated me. If they booed me, it motivated me more. Fans saying I don't deserve the Royal Rumble 2014 win, it's like they forgot the 10 or 12 years beforehand. I try to never be disrespectful. I left not because I wanted to leave, but because I needed to achieve some things on my own without WWE. To tell you the truth, I wished the crowd had been a little more supportive. When I come back to WWE, I'm with WWE." - Batista defending himself against fans
May 18, 2014
Batista
With a lot of fans already resentful towards him for taking time off, Batista is going to be experiencing even more heat from the audience in the near future. Rumors going around is that the Kickboxer movie will be start filming before his contract with WWE ends. That means that he will need a few weeks off to film his part for the movie.
May 18, 2014
Batista
It looks like Batista has just increased his value in WWE a little bit more, as the former world heavyweight champion has now been cast in the upcoming Kickboxer remake, a movie that originally starred Jean Claude Van Damme during the 1980s. Joining Batista in the film will be UFC superstar Georges St Pierre. While the movie is not as big as Guardians of the Galaxy, it does have a cult following, which should bring more mainstream exposure for Batista.
May 12, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE is purposely leaking the story of Batista not being willing to put over Daniel Bryan as a way to make him seem like the villain backstage. The issues between Batista and WWE are because of money, scheduling problems and broken promises made by the company in regards to promoting outside projects Batista is involved with. It is being said that Batista has no issues with putting over Bryan.
May 9, 2014
Batista
For weeks now, people backstage in WWE have been toying around with the idea of doing a heel turn with Sheamus, in hopes that it rejuvenates the former world heavyweight champion and brings him closer to the main event scene again. The idea being tossed around by WWE now is to add him join Triple H and Randy Orton in Evolution when Batista takes his break to promote his new movie.
May 9, 2014
Randy Orton
While the early rumors were that Evolution and the Shield would be doing a rematch at Payback 2014, word coming out of backstage now is that WWE is thinking about handling things a little bit differently. Management is toying around with the idea of doing three separate singles matches involving Batista, Triple H, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at the pay per view.
May 7, 2014
Seth Rollins
Over the weekend, there were talks that Batista was leaving WWE after working the big six man tag team match at Extreme Rules 2014, but the two sides made an agreement, and the former world heavyweight champion ended up sticking around. He worked Monday Night Raw this week, and he even did a match at the Smackdown taping against Seth Rollins.
May 7, 2014
Randy Orton
A video from Monday Night Raw of Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista attacking Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. WWE is continuing the feud, so they used this segment to build towards a big rematch at Payback 2014.
May 6, 2014