The Big Wind

Dave Batista is kind of a low talker. The WWE wrestler is sitting down, talking to a bunch of game journalists as part of THQ's Wrestlemania celebration. More than 50 of us have come to Detroit to see WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 (for DS, PSP, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii).

Batista, a very nice man, is wholly disinterested in video games. This seems odd because this portion of the event will be followed by a game exhibition where the wrestlers get to compete in Smackdown vs. Raw for the Xbox 360 and see who's the best. Batista is scheduled to participate, will lose his "match" in roughly 12 seconds.

Right now, we're asking him hard-hitting questions: What Nintendo character do you most resemble, how do you feel about video games, etc. And now, I'm asking him what's the weirdest thing that's ever happened to him in the wrestling ring, or maybe outside of it. I'm doing this because clearly, Dave Batista has already cashed his check and is out the door.

He stops for just a second. "I don't know the weirdest thing," he says. "But I do know [wrestler] The Big Show once farted on me when I was trying to pin him."

We are all dumbfounded. And soon, Batista is out the door. I am obligated to report that I felt vaguely uneasy the rest of the day.

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