Dave Batista (real name Dave Bautista with a U in it) has had an odd year in professional wrestling. His much-hyped return and push were almost instantaneously rejected by the fans. This was because he had spent many years away from the WWE and then was handed a headlining spot at Wrestlemania on a silver platter. Even when he accepted the fact that the WWE Universe was determined to not cheer for him and embraced the heel that he is, he still seemed to have an odd connection with the masses. Here's the best example to prove that point...

While his 2014 run in the WWE has proven to be abnormal, it has still been a fairly successful stint. From his initial pursuit of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to his role in the Evolution/Shield war, he's carried his weight in some great programs. Wrestling is a universe that he looked to conquer this year, but it wasn't the only one.

This weekend, Dave is being tested in another field. He has a starring role in one of Marvel's biggest releases of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy. Even though it is a new franchise to the silver screen with a relatively new star in the lead role (the delightful Chris Pratt), much pressure was being put on this film to be a hit in a down year for cinema. Did the movie deliver?

So far, the numbers are more than fantastic. According to Deadline.com, Guardians will land around the $94 million mark in its opening weekend. This puts it within $3 million of the top two opening weekends of the year, Transformers 4 ($97.5 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million).  And the news keeps getting better. From the article...

"It also takes the crown this weekend for the best August opener of all time surpassing the seven-year record held by Bourne Ultimatum ($69.2M). As I’ve reported several times, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in April to $95M and Guardians opening to $94M, Disney/Marvel has had a tremendous year and the industry can thank  them for expanding the summer."

Awkward wrestling booking aside, 2014 is turning out to be one monumental year for Batista. The man won the Royal Rumble, headlined Wrestlemania, and is now part of a hit movie that is sure to lead to more and more hit movies as the franchise unfolds.

In addition to all of that, you might also want to check out an article on Batista on USAToday.com. It's great feature even though it calls him an "ex-pro wrestler" in the title. Here's the link for that piece.

Did you see Guardians of the Galaxy? Did it live up to the hype? Comment below and let me know if Batista is the next Dwayne Johnson. This would normally be the part of the article where I'd ask you to also send your comments to me on twitter @MitchNickelson, but hold off on those at least until Tuesday. My wife and I won't be able to see this movie until then. Thanks for reading this quick news update.