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Dave Bautista Is Returning to WWE for SmackDown 1000

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Evolution will be reuniting for the event.

On Tuesday, October 16, Evolution will be reuniting for WWE SmackDown’s 1,000th episode, which includes the return of Dave Bautista.

Evolution consists of some of the most successful Superstars in WWE history, with 49 world championship reigns between the four members: Tripple H, Batista, Randy Orton and Ric Flair. The announcement came from WWE announcer Mike Rome on Friday.

Dave Bautista (under his famous ring name Batista) became a six-time WWE world champion by winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice.

Many didn’t think he’d make it to the SmackDown 1000 event, as earlier this month he Tweeted out that he hadn’t been invited. Well, it looks like that won’t be the case, and the entire Evolution crew will be back together for the historic occasion.

Bautista is also known for portraying Drax in the MCU and has made headlines recently in reference to the firing of director James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

Bautista went on record stating he wouldn’t do a third film if it wasn’t using Gunn’s script, saying “I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t.” He later said he was unhappy with the way Disney treated Gunn, saying he didn’t know if he wanted to continue working for the company. However, he still thinks Disney should make a Drax spinoff film, even if he’s not in it.

SmackDown’s 1,000th episode will air on Tuesday, October 16 at 5pm PT on the USA Network.

Colin Stevens is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.





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