Batista is considered to be one of the most charismatic superstars of his generation. The Animal honed his craft in OVW as Leviathan. Batista made his main roster debut against fellow OVW alum Randy Orton on the June 27, 2002, episode of SmackDown. Batista wrestled the who’s who of WWE during his first and second stint with the company and had his fair share of victories and losses. That being said, these are five superstars who bested Batista in singles competition.
Matt Hardy started in WWE during the Attitude Era. Matt teamed with his real-life brother Jeff to form the Hardy Boyz. The Hardyz were synonymous with the ladder matches during their time in WWE. Matt also pursued a solo career in the Ruthless and PG eras.
The elder Hardy squared off against Batista in the leadup to Survivor Series 2009. The match took place on the November 6, 2009, edition of SmackDown. Batista was playing a heel character at the time and lost to Matt via DQ.
Batista and Edge were involved in a great rivalry that began when the Rated R Superstar was drafted to the blue brand in 2007. Edge used his intimate relationship with Vicky Guerrero to stack the odds against Batista on an episode of SmackDown in 2008.
Before the bell, Edge was revealed to be the Special Guest Referee, which allowed for the heels of La Familia to gang up on Batista. Chavo Guerrero won the match on behalf of his team - thanks to a fast count-out from Edge.
Dolph Ziggler made his WWE debut at the height of the Ruthless Aggression Era. Ziggler stumbled on the mid card for some time. He finally got control of his momentum that led him to a World Heavyweight Championship victory over Alberto Del Rio in 2013.
Following his loss at WrestleMania XXX, Batista was an unhappy man and he took his anger out on Dolph Ziggler during their match on SmackDown. Batista delivered a blatant low blow to cause a DQ loss. This would be Batista’s final full-fledged stint with WWE.
MVP arrived in WWE with a lot of swagger. MVP played a fantastic heel and teamed up with Mr. Kennedy against the Brothers of Destruction in a fun mini feud. MVP also had a great run with the United States Championship.
MVP defended his title against Batista in No Holds Barred Match on an episode of SmackDown, but an interference from Umaga allowed MVP to gain the pinfall. This was a tainted victory, but MVP still won regardless.
Alberto Del Rio may be in the bad books of a lot of people these days but he certainly made an impact during his run with WWE. Del Rio won the 2011 Royal Rumble. He also captured the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships.
Del Rio lost his singles match to Batista at Elimination Chamber 2014. The pair ran it back on Raw and Del Rio came up with the win – thanks to an interference from Randy Orton. Del Rio rolled Batista up in what was The Animal's first loss in WWE in four year.