Guardians Of The Galaxy's Dave Bautista officially retires from wrestling
The 50-year-old took to Instagram to announce his retirement after losing to Triple H at Wrestlemania.
After a brief return, Dave Bautista is looking to take a break from wrestling, this time for good.
The wrestler-turned-actor, who famously plays Drax the Destroyer in Guardians Of The Galaxy, announced his retirement from sport entertainment on Monday (Apr 8) after losing to Triple H at WrestleMania, where he returned with much fanfare after five years away from the ring.
Bautista, who left WWE for Hollywood, also starred in Avengers: Infinity War and featured as Sapper in Bladerunner 2049.
“To all the WWE fans across the world that gave me the opportunity to suspend your disbelief, thank you,” wrote the 50-year-old on Instagram.
“From the biggest part of my heart thank you for letting me entertain you. Tonight was my story book ending and I wanted to leave you with all I had to give. I’ll miss this theater of violence more than I can express in words but I am officially retiring from Sports Entertainment. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, I leave in great health, and without a doubt the show will go on. I had a hell of a run. Thank you for the journey.”
Bautista’s retirement will leave him free to concentrate on his emerging career in Hollywood. His upcoming projects include Avengers: Endgame (Apr 24) and Stuber (Jul 11).
On Friday (Apr 5), film news site Deadline reported that Bautista will star in the Zack Snyder-directed zombie film, Army Of The Dead. He will also reprise his signature role of Drax in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.