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A WWE wrestler has stunned fans as an incredible throwback picture emerged revealing his life before becoming one of the biggest stars of the decade.

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By Henry Holloway / Published 5th March 2019
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WWE fans have unearthed an amazing throwback photo of Batista as the legend returned to Raw last week.

Wrestlings viewers are eagerly awaiting to see what will happen tonight on Raw after The Animal returned last week after five years away and beat-up Ric Flair, 70.

And in the mean time, they delved back into the past and turned up this staggering snap of the legend from the 90s.

Sporting bulging muscles, a hoop earring and a huge long mane of hair, WWE fans were left stunned by the picture which circulated on Reddit.

Batista – now a successful Hollywood star – is a six-time world champion and one of the biggest stars of wrestling in the 00s.

Batista

‘JACKED TO THE GILLS’: WWE fans were stunned by this snap of Batista (Pic: NC)
“Literally Vince McMahon’s ideal top guy right there”

Batista
WWE fans wrote Batista was “jacked to the gills” dubbed him “BROtista” and added he is “one of those guys that look better bald”.

The post on Reddit sharing the snap received more than 2,000 upvotes and hundreds of comments as it went viral.

Batista – real name Dave Bautista – is seen flexing while wearing a Gold’s Gym muscle top, but it unknown exactly when the picture was taken.

Sometime after this The Animal would shave his head and join WWE’s developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he would go by the name Leviathan.

Users on /r/squaredcircle described Batista’s throwback as the “love child of the Big Show and The British Bulldog”.

One said: “He’s one of those people that looks way better with tattoos. Not everyone’s so fortunate, but the ink has done him well.”

Others said “literally Vince McMahon’s ideal top guy right there” and “he is basically Roman Reigns’ final form”.

Another added “Jeeze give him a black leather long coat, a Sword and he could have been on Highlander” and one said “What a glorious head of hair”.

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THE ANIMAL: Batista is one the biggest wrestling snaps of the 00s (Pic: WWE)
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LEGEND: Batista is a six-time world champion and last week returned to Raw (Pic: WWE)
Batista is known to have had a troubled upbringing – stealing cars from the age of 13, getting arrested while working as a bouncer, and being estranged from his parents.

He then took up bodybuilding before deciding to become a pro-wrestler – famously getting turned away from the WCW Power Plant training school and told he would never make it.

The grappler would then sign up for WWE, training in OVW before making his debut on SmackDown as an enforcer for D-Von Dudley in 2002.

Eventually joining up with Triple H’s faction Evolution, he would then go on to beat The Game for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 21 in 2005.

Batista

‘DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION NOW’: Batista beat-up Ric Flair in a message to Triple H (Pic: WWE)
With his return to Raw last week, wrestling fans are convinced WWE are setting up another bout between him and Triple H on WrestleMania.

Batista left wrestling full-time in 2010, and after a brief MMA career – which saw him win his one fight – he picked up a career in Hollywood, starring in hits such as Guardians of the Galaxy and James Bond film Spectre.

The 6ft 6in, 290lb, beast made a brief return in 2014, which saw him suffer fan backlash – eventually transforming from a returning hero to a bitter villain.

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