Meet Batista At Florida Championship Wrestling's "End of Summer Bash"


** Meet “The Animal” Batista at FCW’s End of Summer Bash**

Kissimmee, Fl – August 10, 2009

Florida Championship Wrestling is bringing the End of Summer Bash super show to the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida on Friday August 28, 2009.

The highlight of the show will be a rare meet and greet autograph session with WWE Superstar Batista from 7-8 pm.

The action packed wrestling card will feature a Florida Heavyweight Title Match, a Florida Tag Team Title match and FCW’s first ever Diva Swimsuit Contest with ECW’s Tiffany, Smackdown’s Alicia Fox and RAW’s Rosa Mendes plus Serena Mancini, Liviana and many more. Scheduled to appear are Superstars from FCW, RAW, Smackdown and ECW.

Doors open at 6pm with bell time at 8pm. Tickets in advance, are $10 for Kids and $20 for Adults. A limited number of Gold Circle Ringside tickets are available for $30 and include, reserved ringside seat in rows 1-2, VIP reception with WWE Superstar Batista and a free personalized picture. The VIP reception in the Gold Room runs from 6-7 pm. Tickets are now available online at and will also be available starting this Friday at Buddy’s Home Furnishings in Kissimmee, Fl.

The first 200 kids will receive a Free FCW backpack.

FCW is the only Official Developmental territory of World Wrestling Entertainment.

TELEVISION: Florida Championship Wrestling airs every Sunday on Brighthouse channel 47 from 6-7 p.m.

ABOUT FCW: For nearly half a century, Florida Championship Wrestling has been the Sunshine State’s primary wrestling promotion. Now officially sanctioned and recently reorganized by WWE, FCW has also become the training ground for future WWE Superstars.

Under the tutelage and leadership of Florida wrestling legend Steve Keirn, FCW’s goal for the fans is simple: To give them a glimpse at the potential Superstars of tomorrow, while providing exciting ring action that leaves the entire family with smiles on their faces.

The key objective within Florida Championship Wrestling is to train the next generation of WWE Superstars. FCW takes enormous pride in its live events all over the southeast, and in promoting tryouts at the organization’s Tampa location to showcase young men and women interested in a career as a sports-entertainer.

Current WWE Superstars that have come from the FCW include Jack Swagger, RAW’s Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston Ted DiBiase, Primo Colon, DH Smith, Ezekiel Jackson, The Bella Twins, ECW’s DJ Gabriel, Evan Bourne, Tiffany, Sheamus, Drew McIntyre Tyler Reks, Abraham Washington and Alicia Fox.


Dave Batista has been “The Animal” since childhood, in temper if not in name. Raised in a rough part of southeast Washington, D.C., he describes himself as being “a skinny kid with asthma and a bad size complex”— and a penchant for getting into trouble with authorities. He spent a few years in San Francisco after his parents separated, until his mother sent the troubled teen to live with his father in suburban Virginia. By the time he turned 17, he was estranged from both parents, living on his own, and still getting into trouble.

For the better part of 10 years, Batista spent his days training and competing as a bodybuilder, and his nights “bouncing in clubs, floating from here to there.” (He’s still amazed that one club he worked at is less than two blocks from Washington D.C.’s MCI Center, where he defended his World Heavyweight Championship against JBL at SummerSlam in 2005.) His drifting stopped the night he unleashed his explosive temper on two patrons who had attacked his fellow bouncers. “By the time I was finished with them,” he relates, “they were lying on the ground with their eyes rolling in the back of their heads. I was very scared they were going to die.” They didn’t, but the incident did result in Batista’s arrest, a year’s probation, and his decision to make radical changes in his life.

Enrolling in Wild Samoan Afa’s wrestling school in Allentown, Pa., Batista admits that at first he saw WWE simply as “a way to make a living”— until he was told at a WCW tryout that he didn’t have the chops to make it as a wrestler. “That lit a fire under my a**. Wrestling became an obsession that I fell in love with. I completely redirected my training and philosophies, redesigned my body and mental outlook. I just really wanted to be an athlete and an entertainer.”

Though his personal perseverance brought him to WWE in May 2002, Batista credits former Evolution colleagues Triple H and Ric Flair with developing “a muscleheaded goofball” into a World Heavyweight Champion, one who backs his composed words and demeanor with an explosive fury befitting his nickname. He considers himself neither a leader nor a follower in the locker room (“I’m just a loner, I keep to myself,” he insists), but inside the ring, on the covers of muscle mags like FLEX, and even once against budding Superman Tom Welling on The CW Network series Smallville, “The Animal” is clearly a dominant species. A dominant species who, by the way, has collected more than 50 vintage tin lunchboxes. Our advice: respect this six-foot-six, 290-pound beast and his 1967 Green Hornet sandwich container (sporting Bruce Lee’s face on the front), which he cherishes among his most prized possessions. You’ll live longer.


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