Film Review – Batista – I Walk Alone
With – Dave Batista, Angie Batista, Randy Orton, Jim Ross, John Cena/ WWE DVD FF Not Rated 540mins 2009
Review By Xmortis
I Walk Alone is a look at the life of pro wrestler “The Animal” Dave Batista from his younger days growing up in the ghetto of Washington D.C. and San Francisco to his high school sports life and his days as night club bouncer.
It also dives into his love life that is riddled with ups and downs and some shady doings. His wrestling training started at the WCW Power Planet where Sarge kicked him out. He then went to Afa the Wild Samoan’s wrestling school. After graduating he was signed to Ohio Valley Wrestling and became Leviathan, a fang and giant chain wearing Ohio demon. His big break in the WWE was when he became D-von Dudley’s sidekick on Smackdown, which led him to being on Raw as a part of Legacy with Triple H, Ric Flair and Randy Orton! The DVD follows his transformation into a fan favorite and winning the World Title from Triple H! It also chronicles his time as the top dog in the company as the world titleholder, which forced him to travel around the world and eventually led to the end of his second marriage. Eventually he returned to Smackdown with the world title as a draft pick, which made him a marked man on and off screen! The DVD also covers Batista’s friendship with Eddie Guerrero and how he dealt with the loss when Eddie passed away in 2005. There’s also a look at two things that make Batista happy: visiting sick kids with other WWE superstars and being treated like a god in the Philippines! There’s a look at the Animals’s first major injury that put him on the sidelines for months and the hard road to recovery and getting his belt back. The Wrestlemania 23 dream match of title vs. winning streak against The Undertaker is featured. This match led to a great feud with Edge. Other featured feud was between Batisa and “HBK” Shawn Michaels after “HBK” won a retirement match against Ric Flair. The DVD ends with Batista as one of WWE’s top draws and a true superstar.
The matches from this set include:
Leviathan vs. The Machine Doug Basham (OVW)
Batista vs. Kane
Batista vs. Shawn Michaels
Batista & Ric Flair vs. The Dudley Boyz
Batista vs. Chris Jericho
Excerpt of the 2005 Royal Rumble
Batista vs. Triple H (Wrestlemania 21)
Batista vs. Triple H (Hell in a Cell match)
Batista vs. JBL (No Holds Barred Match0
Batista vs. Eddie Guerrero
Batista vs. Booker T
Batista vs. Booker T vs. Finlay
Batista vs. The Undertaker (Wrestlemania 23)
Batista vs. Edge
Batista vs. The Undertaker (with Steve Austin as Ref)
Batista, Triple H and Ric Flair vs. Randy Orton, Edge and Umaga
Batista vs. John Cena
Batista vs. Randy Orton
Wow! This is a great set showing the life of one of the top WWE stars! Batista is one of the best wrestlers currently in the WWE (2009) behind guys like Jeff Hardy, Edge, The Undertaker and CM Punk. His story is really interesting from his hard days living in a ghetto and not having anything, to trying so hard to get a wrestling contract to finally being a major superstar. Dave comes off as a real guy with a great attitude and a love for the business and the fans that made him a household name. At times it seems that this DVD moves really quickly past some feuds that should’ve gotten more focus, but I can’t complain because the segments kept me really entertained. Other highlights of this three-disc set are the matches, which some of the biggest and best matches Batista has ever had. This set was worth a watch, which you can’t say about every WWE release.
The extras include a handful of trailers and, more importantly, some bonus interview and story segments that are definitely worth a watch. The DVD cover, like most WWE covers, is very eye-catching and appealing for wrestling fans.
This release is one of the reasons I think the WWE has some of the best sports DVDs in the world! The way they mix biography and matches is super cool and makes great watches for fans of whichever wrestler a DVD set showcases. If you like wrestling, this is one that you will want to own.