With a title opportunity against SmackDown Women's Champion Natalya on the line, four of Team Blue's top women square off in this week's main event.09/20/2017 - 00:00
The Showoff mocks even more current and former Superstars before belittling WWE's fans.09/19/2017 - 23:45
KO gives a speech just one week after his vicious attack on WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon.09/19/2017 - 23:30
Charlotte attempts to thank the WWE Universe for their support, but Natalya interrupts The Queen's heartfelt address, only to find out that her next challenger will be determined tonight.09/19/2017 - 23:30
After last week's loss, The Hype Bros look to get back on track against SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day.09/19/2017 - 22:30
The Perfect 10 attacks Baron Corbin, apparently injuring him and preventing The Lone Wolf from challenging AJ Styles for the United States Championship.09/19/2017 - 22:15
The Viper takes on WWE's Drama King in this week's opening match, but he soon finds out that his rivalry with Rusev is far from over.09/19/2017 - 21:45
WWE's Apex Predator looks to vanquish The Bulgarian Brute once and for all in this SummerSlam rematch.09/19/2017 - 21:30
Reinstated SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon returns with words of warning for Kevin Owens ahead of their Hell in a Cell Match.09/19/2017 - 21:30
Look back on the incomparable career of one of the greatest personalities in sports-entertainment history, WWE Hall of Famer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.09/19/2017 - 19:30
Watch highlights from the unforgettable Mae Young Classic to see how WWE's global women's tournament became the talk of the sports-entertainment world this summer.09/19/2017 - 13:00
Shinsuke Nakamura reflects on his return to Japan to compete at a SmackDown LIVE event.09/18/2017 - 15:30
NXT's Knockout Artist and ICW's "Iron Man" lock horns over Insane Championship Wrestling's top prize at "The Infamous ICW" event in Newcastle, England.09/19/2017 - 12:30
Batista's SummerSlam homecoming
This story was updated the morning of Aug. 17 with new comments from Batista after he called WWE.com to talk further about his SummerSlam homecoming.
In 2000, which now must seem like a lifetime ago, Dave Batista was an imposing bouncer in Washington, D.C., the site of this year's SummerSlam.
Five long-and-improbable years later, Batista is just as imposing at his current job as the World Heavyweight Champion.
SummerSlam will certainly be an emotional night for Batista, who grew up in the D.C. area. At the age of 17, Batista was basically estranged from both his parents and living on his own, often getting in and out of trouble.
"I still live 30 minutes outside of D.C., in Virginia," Batista told WWE.com Wednesday morning. "It's really incredible. I mean I was a bouncer at a club literally just two blocks away from the MCI Center."
Batista eventually found steady work as a bouncer at local clubs, only to be arrested one night after his short temper and heavy fists left two rowdy patrons badly hurt, with one lying in the street.
A trial for assault and battery landed Batista one year's probation. But it also motivated him to find a new way in life. A few months later he was enrolled in Wild Samoan Afa's wrestling school in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
"I had a dream of being a body builder, but that hit a dead end," Batista said. "After so many years, I just pursued wrestling with everything I had. My wife and I gave up everything. We borrowed money so I could train, it was do or die. I had tunnel vision, I didn't see anything else."
In fact, when Batista first got the itch to try his hand at wrestling, he visited a WWE show in the D.C. area looking for advice. It didn't go so well.
"I was just trying to find out how to pursue it," Batista said. "I just wanted to talk to someone and they kicked me out of the building. It's kind of funny looking back now."
Still, the training finally gave Batista a purpose, and he made his WWE debut in 2002. Three years later, at WrestleMania 21 of all places, the former bouncer defeated Triple H to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
Batista will defend the World Heavyweight Championship for a second time against JBL at SummerSlam. This encounter will be a No Holds Barred Match. And the former bouncer expects to be the fan favorite in his hometown.
"Every 10 seconds I get a call about tickets," Batista said. "I have to tell them I ran out and the place is sold out. But half the crowd will be my friends and family. I always get a good response in D.C., but to be there as champion will be incredible."