Dave Bautista Reflects On Being Drafted To SmackDown And How Eddie Guerrero Helped Him Prove His Worth

Dave Bautista goes over a number of topics ahead of SmackDown 1000.

This upcoming Tuesday will be the 1000th episode of the blue-brand exclusive show SmackDown. The special will be live from the 'Capitol One Arena' in Washington D.C. and it will feature The Undertaker's return, Rey Mysterio versus Shinsuke Nakamura and the reuniting of one of the most decorated factions in WWE history, 'Evolution' (Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, Dave Bautista). Ahead of Dave Bautista's return to WWE after four years away from the company, WWE caught up with "The Animal" and grabbed his thoughts about his history on SmackDown and during the discussion he spoke about the late WWE Hall Of Famer Eddie Guerrero who he formed a special bond with during their time together.

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Dave Bautista was drafted to SmackDown as a part of the 2005 Draft Lottery and at the time he was the World Heavyweight Champion. Bautista stated during the interview with WWE that he felt like he had to prove himself and explained how Eddie Guerrero helped him do that.

“I was a little nervous. It was a really weird point for me in time in my career and it was the first time I was ever gonna go out on my own and really fend for myself and for a while I really had to prove myself… so it’s like, I feel like it’s something I’ve done throughout my life." He said. "I’m always going somewhere and having to prove my worth. But I think after a while Eddie Guerrero really helped me prove my worth in a big way.” He continued, “It’s really hard for me to put into words how much Eddie meant to me because he just supported me and he actually took the time to get to know me. He didn’t listen to what everybody said. He lived near Tampa and I was over in Tampa and we’d travel home together and the guy would always just talk to me about life and not just keep it all professional and Eddie took the time to get to know the man. He didn’t care if I was a rookie. He didn’t care if I was the big muscle head who was holding the title, who was stealing the spot [light]. He never thought like that, not for one second. He was just too secure with himself.”


As mentioned, 'Evolution' is set to reunite at SmackDown 1000 and to read the official announcement on that, check out Fightful's article on the topic.

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