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WWE Legend Rips Batista -- He'll Get Killed in MMA

6/22/2010 4:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Batista may have left the WWE, but his most hated rival is still talking trash -- claiming the former heavyweight wrestling champ is gonna get crushed when Batista starts fighting for real in MMA.

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TMZ spoke with WWE legend Booker T. -- who famously clashed with Batista in a real-life throwdown in '06 -- and Booker tells us he doesn't think Batista can "match up" with some of the big boys in Strikeforce.

In fact, Booker claims the 40-something-year-old wouldn't "last 5 minutes" in the ring with another WWE-star-turned-MMA-powerhouse -- Bobby Lashley.

As we first reported, Batista claims the wheels may already be in motion for his first fight ... no word if he'll get in the ring with Lashley. 

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awards    

Granny pins him in 30 seconds....

1550 days ago
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KeepItSimple    

Might be so, but it Daveis trained right...who knows?!! Booker T can go F*** OFF!

1550 days ago
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electriczipper    

booker t is the biggest joke around,,so is batista

1549 days ago
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DocHolliday    

KeepItSimple and electriczipper show some respect, please. Booker T is a multi-time world champion, he worked hard to get to where he is and is infinitely more respected in the business than Dave Batista. The latter was handed a main-event push despite doing nothing to deserve it. Another case of Vince McMahon favouring big meat-heads, regardless of whether they can wrestle or not.



If either of you had the first idea about professional wrestling you'd know this. For the record, Booker is probably right. Dave couldn't even put on a good wrestling match, let alone compete in an actual fight

1549 days ago
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BRET HART    

WWE Legend?More like WWE reject lol

1549 days ago
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DocHolliday    

BRET HART



WWE tried to re-sign this 'reject' shortly after he left TNA Wrestling. Booker T REJECTED the offer because his wife Sharmell is about to give birth to twins. HE rejected WWE. Does that make the company a Booker T reject?

1549 days ago
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Trish    

All Hail King Bookah!

1549 days ago
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Ernie    

Batista has no idea what he is getting into. The guys in the MMA go in
there to kill each other. When Batista get his it's not going to be like
he's in the ring where the punch is pulled those guys don't pull punches.
Batista will be lucky if he get out alive after his first fight. The guy
he fights first is going to be licking his chops becasue Batista is going to so shell shocked he's not going to know where he is and Vince McMahan will be stand outside is locker room with a contract and Batista will sign it. End of Story.

1549 days ago
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James K.    

Batista vs Lesnar! I can't wait to see that fight. I'm a big Batista fan and I wish you luck on your transfer to MMA. Don't listen to Booker T's trashtalk, he's just saying **** coz your better than him. Computer Palace is the #1 solution for your computer needs. Providing laptop repair, computer repair, data recovery services & computer networking by experienced and certified technicians. Since 1980.



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1549 days ago
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john erotten    

booker t would get his clocked clean if he went to mma,but i bet battista can hold his own.bobby lashley has youth on his side,but i bet michael westbrook could tko him or battista with in 3 rounds!i think booker t has robbed one wendy's too many!

1549 days ago
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DocHolliday    

I'm amazed at how many people here do not know what they are talking about. Dave Batista is not in Booker T's league. That's a fact.



Batista is where he is because of his size, and look. Nothing more. He's bad on the mic, and he's average in the ring. He's wrestled for a very short time. He's also friends with HHH, which gets you a fast-pass to the main event-look at Sheamus. WWE has a great marketing division-one who can make average guys like Cena, Orton and Batista look good. If they went elsewhere, they'd be shown up as the average wrestlers they are, and the same fans who call them the best in the business now will start calling them 'WWE rejects', regardless of whether or not they left of their own accord.



Booker T has proven he doesn't need WWE to be a star. He's been called a WWE reject, but the fact of the matter is he rejected their most recent offer to spend time with his family. How can he be a reject if they want him back? And to those who claim Booker couldn't hold his own in a real fight whereas Batista could-Booker T pounded Batista in a legit fight for disrespecting the wrestling business. So no, Batista would not fare better than Booker T in a real fight.



No wonder WWE is so successful-their fans are idiots who will cheer whoever is put in front of them, regardless of whether the star in question has any talent or right to be in a main-event ring.



1549 days ago
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Anthony    

If there's anything funnier than Batista going to MMA, it's the fact that TMZ refers to Booker T as a legend. Stick to what you know, TMZ. Celebs and Lady GaGa.

1549 days ago
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chrissy    

WWE legend? Booker T is one of the most hated and most annoying wrestlers in WWE and it was the same way when he was with WCW. He is also a complete cry baby



What I find funny is that all these years the McMahon family and wrestlers have insisted the wrestling is real yet these two just admitted it is fake.



I use to love wrestling as a kid but as I got older and learned of it being fake I just looked at these guys as honestly a bunch of *****s. They get into a rink and play pretend , half of them would not last in an actual fight.



Everything on the WWE show is planned out, the wrestlers are told what moves to do and who is going to win the match

1549 days ago
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david    



ALL OF YOU DO REALIZE THAT WRESTING IS TOTALLY FAKE. SOME OF YOU RETARDS TALK ABOUT HOW TOUGH THOSE GUYS ARE AND HOW HARD THEY TRAIN AND HOW THEY WOULD DO IN A FIGHT. IT'S FAKE. TOTALLY FAKE. THEY ARE ALL DRUGGED OUT MAN WHORES. JUST COUNT THE DEAD WRESTLERS. DRUGGED OUT, CRAZY AND DEAD BY 50. WWE BRINGS THEM ALONG AND TNA IS THE LAST STOP. IT'S ALL FAKE FOLKS. IT'S JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES. IT'S ALL FAKE, WELL EXCEPT "BROKE BACK MOUNTAIN", THOSE GUYS REALLY ARE GAY....UCKKKKK

1549 days ago
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TiNk    

Hey TMZ, why don't you search Batista/Strikeforce before you go "confirming" that Batista was signed to Strikeforce!



--- Ex-WWE Star Batista Hasn't Signed With Strikeforce
Early this morning, TMZ.com posted a video in which former WWE star Dave Batista says he'll soon be fighting in mixed martial arts for Strikeforce.



It's not true.



Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani that the organization has not signed Batista.



The 41-year-old Batista recently quit pro wrestling after a multi-year tenure in the WWE during which he was one of the organization's most popular performers.



Share Adding to the believability of the rumor, Batista was seen attending last week's Strikeforce event in Los Angeles. In addition, earlier this year, Affliction released a video of him training at their workout center. However, a jump to major MMA seems an unlikely one for him. Though he has reportedly trained a bit in the past, he does not have any martial arts base to draw on as some other late career changers like current UFC champ Brock Lesnar have.



Lesnar, like Batista, was once a big WWE star before transitioning to MMA, though Lesnar was an accomplished amateur wrestler, capturing the NCAA heavyweight championship before trying his hand at pro wrestling.



Batista may have just been fooling around with the TMZ cameras, as evidenced by his reaction when asked if he would fight Russian legend Fedor Emelianenko.



"I want nothing to do with that dude," he said with a laugh. ---



http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/06/21/wwe-star-batista-hasnt-signed-with-strikeforce

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