Dave Bautista Returning To The WWE; What Does This Mean For GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?

There had been speculation, but it was made official last night that Dave "The Animal" Bautista is returning to the squared circle next month. However, that leads us to wonder what exactly will this mean for Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie which will see the wrestler turned actor plays 'Drax'...

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By Josh Wilding - 12/24/2013

On last night's Raw, a promo aired confirming rumours that Dave Bautista is returning to the WWE next month. According to various sources, he'll be back on a nearly full-time basis, performing on both televised and non-televised live shows. The WWE has always had a good relationship with Marvel, with several of their Superstars often being interviewed on the site and CM Punk even providing a foreword for the Avengers Vs. X-Men hardcover. It seems likely then that we should expect to see James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy heavily promoted on WWE television, just as G.I. Joe: Retaliation - which starred Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - was earlier this year. The WWE and Paramount Pictures even entered into a promotional partnership to give greater attention to both that movie and Pain & Gain. It's a win-win situation for both parties.

It's thought that Batista will be taking part in high profile storylines from January 20th (a week before the Royal Rumble, so read into that as you will) right through Wrestlemania XXX and beyond, although it's likely he will take some time off around the time that he'll have to do press for Guardians of the Galaxy. So, why should you care? Around 15 million people tune in to watch various WWE programming each and every week, and if the James Gunn helmed movie is being promoted through them, that can only mean good things for a movie which Marvel are going to have to work hard to sell. Airing exclusive TV spots, clips or just mentioning the release will surely have at least a small impact on its box office success, so this news is good for WWE fans and anyone hoping to see the space faring superhero team make more than just the one outing!



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Spidey10 - 12/24/2013, 7:37 AM
Bautista BOMB lol
MrCBM56 - 12/24/2013, 7:39 AM
Wow. Kudos to marvel. This is a great marketing tatic.
MrCBM56 - 12/24/2013, 7:39 AM
If Bautista doesn't Bsutista Bomb someone in GOTG, I just can't support it.
DynamicDynamo - 12/24/2013, 7:40 AM
It doesn't mean anything for GOTG. Chris Pratt is going back to parks and rec, does that mean he won't be on gotg2? No, it doesn't.
BeerForever667 - 12/24/2013, 7:40 AM
This movie needs some serious marketing.
NightWatcher - 12/24/2013, 7:41 AM
He better not get hurt and interfere with the filming production.
JoeMomma29 - 12/24/2013, 7:42 AM
All it means is he is going to back to his regular job........I am sure he has contracts and commitments already I place.
MegatronLP9 - 12/24/2013, 7:46 AM
Obviously Josh would do this article, but yeah I watched that last night. Excited to see a stronger Marvel and WWE relationship.
MercwithMouth - 12/24/2013, 7:46 AM
God I miss wrestling.

But it's gotten so terrible. When Daniel Bryant is one of your most marketable stars, along with the [frick]ing Miz, I just can't support it anymore. That and when Jeff Hardy got fired for the 2nd time, my heart died.
JoJo1982 - 12/24/2013, 7:48 AM
Doesn't mean nothing..... He can still do a GotG franchise and still be on wwe

Take Dwayne The Rock Johnson for example

He had FIVE movies that came out this year and a hit tv show Hero this past summer and still was on WWE early this year
GetsugaTensho22 - 12/24/2013, 7:48 AM
It means that he's finished filming and will be now taking part in the WWE, while possibly promoting the film when it nears release.
I really don't know what you thought was going to happen.
QuestiontheAnswer - 12/24/2013, 7:49 AM
GOTG is going to Batista Bomb.
MrReese - 12/24/2013, 7:49 AM
Batista will b gone once WM is over.Vince just wants 2 sell out WM30 with known names.Good Shit 4 GotG tho.
IAmNotGroot - 12/24/2013, 7:50 AM
To the people above, @DynamicDuo, obviously you didn't read the article b/c thats not what its talking about, and @RaphaelCBM, filming is over with.
ManDeth - 12/24/2013, 7:50 AM
Sucktista fought one MMA fight against a fat guy who looks like Rush Limbaugh and he nearly lost. He only won when the ref stopped it prematurely.
So he belongs in play-fighting.

And the WWE doesn't have the drawing power to help a movie.
Raw's ratings are not good. 3,541,000 a couple weeks ago. And it was a drop of 500k from the week before. All three hours of Raw were also beaten in the 18-49 demographic by Love and Hip Hop 4, Fast N Loud and Chrissy and Mr. Jones 2.

So Sucktista being signed by the WWE is an act of desperation. Lesnar and The Rock couldn't help them and neither will Sucktista.
Expect more desperate moves soon by the WWE like the signing of Sucktista.
JoJo1982 - 12/24/2013, 7:51 AM
I hope WWE start promoting the crap out of this movie at the beginning of May

And I also hope Marvel decide to move up the release day into July 25th
ruadh - 12/24/2013, 7:51 AM
Awesome how most comments are reacting to the headline, and not the article.
JoJo1982 - 12/24/2013, 8:02 AM
@ omega

Thank u


Ppl just here just think negative about everything!!!
BatManiac - 12/24/2013, 8:02 AM
I still don't think Bautista is a good choice for Drax, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. I must say, it was painful to watch him in Man With The Iron Fists.
zemus - 12/24/2013, 8:02 AM
It would be awesome if a week before the movie they have him come out as drax and wrestle a few people. I don't like wrestling, but that would be AWESOME.
ManDeth - 12/24/2013, 8:04 AM
@Batmaniac You have to look at is this way; Sucktista will fit into the kind of film Disney/Marvel will make.
ThePowerCosmic - 12/24/2013, 8:07 AM
At the very least this movie will be a scifi cult classic IMO.
MercwithMouth - 12/24/2013, 8:08 AM
@ManDeth

Signing of Bautista? He's been on contract with the WWE since 2002.
ibravosp5 - 12/24/2013, 8:11 AM
Maybe gotg 2 will come out in 2017 or something along that line. He has time to do another
MercwithMouth - 12/24/2013, 8:14 AM
@Batmaniac

Was there anything not painful about 'Man With the Iron Fists'?

And he should be pretty good as Drax, not like the role requires Shakespearean acting training. He just needs to be a badass. As as someone that used to love WWE, he was crazy good. He was known as the 'Animal' and he pulled it off perfectly.
MrMartinMarvel - 12/24/2013, 8:18 AM
@Zemus That would be the most badass thing in the history of everything!
thunderforce - 12/24/2013, 8:19 AM
I think this movie is going to be awesome and will probably do between 500 and 700 million .
Hawksblueyes - 12/24/2013, 8:21 AM
JoJo1982:
Ppl just here just think negative about everything!!!


That is not entirely correct. As Omega tried to politely point out...Josh was very clear as to what the promotional possibilities of this move could be.

The negativity problem is deeply rooted in the fact that too many users on this site have ZERO reading comprehension abilities.
JoJo1982 - 12/24/2013, 8:21 AM
@batmaniac

He's not a bad choice, just not a perfect choice for Drax. But he got the look down and if your a fan of Drax I hope Dave got some better acting skills, show his hatred for Thanos or Ronan.

Maybe we might get a hint of moondragon
CharlesLord - 12/24/2013, 8:21 AM
Once I heard he was going back to wrestling I knew this meant promo for GotG would be thru the roof
SCURVYDOG619 - 12/24/2013, 8:22 AM
You think he's bringing the official Guardians trailer to Raw with him?

I mean,if you found out they were debuting the trailer during Raw....

Plausible....
JoJo1982 - 12/24/2013, 8:23 AM
@hawks
Yeah pretty much
Xuperthorman - 12/24/2013, 8:23 AM
People still watch WWE??
JoJo1982 - 12/24/2013, 8:28 AM
I remember WWE promoted the crap out of Scorpion King back in 2002

And we saw how good that did in the box office
BatManiac - 12/24/2013, 8:33 AM
@Merc

Man With The Iron Fists is a terrible movie, but Bautista and RZA were a LOT more painful to watch than Russel Crowe and Lucy Liu.

They should have got Jason Momoa for the extra cash. It would have been worth it.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 12/24/2013, 8:34 AM
LOL @ WWE
johnblake - 12/24/2013, 8:34 AM
Doesn't matter who plays drax. Because his body is just a superpowered shell. I'd just like to think that drax just happens to look like Batista. Otherwise it's unbelievable for me to believe he can fight after seeing his terrible mma debut. He could barely beat Rufus from streetfighter
UncleBurnsie - 12/24/2013, 8:35 AM
There's only one "Animal".

Legion of Doom Animal.
MercwithMouth - 12/24/2013, 8:37 AM
One thing to remember...

WWE promotes films under the WWE films banner

Examples include:

The Condemned
The Marine 1/2
The Scorpion King
The Rundown
Walking Tall

I'm not sure, in all honesty, if WWE will allow much in the way of promotion for GotG, as it doesn't make them any money, other than MAYBE attracting new Bautista fans to WWE.
Prime - 12/24/2013, 8:38 AM
Whatever. I have up watching the WWE a long time ago.
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