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Dave Bautista to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame

The 50-year-old professional wrestler-turned-actor has been handed the honour and will be part of the WWE Hall of Fame's Class of 2020 alongside nWo members - Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman.

WWE star Dave Bautista. Picture: wwe.com

LONDON - Dave Bautista is to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.

The 50-year-old professional wrestler-turned-actor has been handed the honour and will be part of the WWE Hall of Fame's Class of 2020 alongside nWo members - Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman.

Of his honour, Bautista said: "Vince [McMahon] called me personally to ask me, I was just ... I wasn't surprised, but I was pretty happy. It's a good feeling, it's a really great feeling. As soon as I hung up the phone, I was, and excuse my language, I was like 's##t, I gotta give a speech.' And that is what I've been stressing about since."

And whilst Bautista - who is a six-time World Champion - has long retired from the sport, he still sees himself as having a journey to continue with WWE.

He added to _People _magazine: "I don't think it's sunk in. And I was thinking about it because I mean, it seems like a long journey, but it also feels like yesterday when I started my career. And it also feels ... because I'm still working so much, it doesn't feel like an end of a journey. And I said that at WrestleMania last year: It's the end of my in-ring journey, but it's not the end of my journey with the WWE. I will always be connected with them, I'll always be affiliated with them, I hope that I will always have a good relationship with them. So it doesn't really feel like an ending for me, it feels like, kind of, I'm right in the mix ... All I can say is it feels good, it's just satisfying. I feel like I accomplished something. I feel like it was all worth it."

Paul _Triple H _Levesque, WWE executive vice president of Talent, Live Events & Creative, shared of the appointment: "Batista was one of the fastest rising stars ever in WWE with an incredible list of accolades, and the success of the nWo changed the course of sports-entertainment history. It is only fitting that they all take their rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame."

The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on 2 April 2020.