Circle of Champions: Batista's Seattle Smiles

Circle of Champions: Batista's Seattle Smiles

SEATTLE -- The day after a grueling match at No Mercy against John "Bradshaw" Layfield, the No. 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship, Batista, met Circle of Champions honorees Zeke Jostrom, of Seattle, Saul Orrostieta, of Sunnyside, Wash., in the VIP suite at KeyArena (PHOTOS).

"I like Batista's muscles and his Batista Bomb. I just can't believe I'm going to see The Animal," said Saul, moments before seeing his favorite Superstar.

For Zeke, his adoration for WWE began 10 years ago while watching WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan. The Seattle resident has wanted to meet The Animal ever since the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder's 2002 WWE debut.

"I was so thrilled when I found out I was going to meet Batista. Soon, The Animal will be World Heavyweight Champion. He's won the title three times before, so he knows exactly what it takes to win a fourth time," Zeke explained.

Moments later Batista, wearing a designer white shirt and designer dark jeans, came dressed for the occasion to meet the "True Champs." Zeke and Saul's mouths dropped upon seeing The Animal. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion presented the honorees with his signature, Batista Unleashed Animal T-shirt, signed autographs and posed for pictures with Saul, Zeke and their families. Saul, surprised The Animal when he showed him Batista's name carved into his hair.

"That's a new one for me. As a kid, it was really cool back in the day to carve names in your hair, but I never carved anybody's name in the back of my head. That just shows me that Saul's such a big fan," Batista said with a smile. "It doesn't get any bigger than this. I've seen guys with Triple H and Undertaker tattoos … it just goes to show how dedicated our fans are. They're incredible."

Batista, one of Circle of Champions biggest supporters, continued smiling when reflecting about his latest meet and greet with the True Champs.  

"The best thing about this job is that we're able to positively impact people's lives. Today, I'm in pain and still haven't fully recovered from No Mercy. Seeing the [True Champs] lifts your spirits," Batista described. "This is why no matter how tired or how much pain I'm in, I keep going, plowing ahead and digging in. It's moments like this that makes everything worthwhile."

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