Numerous pro wrestlers have attempted to transition from the ring to Hollywood, with stars such as Dwayne Johnson and John Cena living proof that the WWE can be a springboard to the big screen.
Another wrestler currently experiencing Tinseltown success is Dave Bautista, whose roles in high-profile films ranging from “Spectre” to the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise have led to an active acting career.
While Cena and Johnson have both re-entered the ring after making it big in Holllywood, Bautista insists that will not be happening with him now that he’s officially retired from wrestling.
“This is a real wrestling retirement,” Bautista said in an interview with Dave Van Vliet while promoting his new film “Stuber” alongside co-star Kumail Nanjiani.
“I am done,” Bautista declares. “My in-ring career is over.”
However, Bautista, 50, says his retirement doesn’t mean he won’t still be involved with the WWE in some fashion.
“I would love to go back on the show because I love the company, I believe in the product, so I will go back on the show, and if they ask me to go in the Hall of Fame, I will,” he says. “But I will not have another wrestling match. I will go broke before I have another wrestling match, and I will not go and wrestle for another promotion. It’s not going to happen.”
Bautista will next be seen in the comedy “Stuber”, which hits theatres on July 12.