|Date Founded||October 2007|
|Season Founded||Season 11|
|Home Arena||Wofner Arena|
|General Manager||Teddy Long|
|Head Coach||Marquis Midgette|
|Play-off Wins||Season 12, 14|
|Play-off Finalists||Season 14|
The New BeginningEdit
A new ownership group, led by Ismail Omar Guelleh, bought a really crappy team in the GHL's League 1483 in Tier 5 (which there are many of) for $25,000,000 USD in the middle of Season 11. Their hired general manager, Teddy Long, quickly remade the team to try and salvage the rest of the season. They finished out Season 11 going 14-21-3 and missed the playoffs.
During the offseason, the Batista made many moves in both the trade market and free agency. Key pickups included the signing of current team captain Collin Yusi and Evlampiy Nikolaev, both rookies at the time. They also made a trade for Porfiry Alexandriov. The Batista lost their third game against new rival TBaggers, which had also been formed recently. Afterwards, Batista lost just two more games, one in overtime, ending the season 35-2-1. One regular season highlight was their victory over the TBaggers, handing them their only outright loss in the season.
In the first round, the Batista swept an AI team, including a 13-0 win. They also swept their opponent in the second round. The Batista were destined to face their archrival TBaggers in the finals.
In Game 1, the TBaggers were able to eek out a victory over the Batista. However, energized by the crowd at Wofner Arena (then called The Oracle), the Batista won Game 2 with ease. In Game 3, the TBaggers got the lead early and held it for a long while. But, with 45 seconds left and an empty net for Batista, the TBaggers recieved two quick penalties, followed by a penalty against Batista's top goal scorer, Don Hogland. But, the advantage was enough for Kim Smirnov to score with 28 seconds left and send the game to overtime, which was won by Batista on a goal by Houston Rose.
Movin' On UpEdit
The Batista were introduced into League 634 of Tier 4. Offseason moves included signing Jerrold Feather and Rueben Spencer. They also made a trade to get Stephan Esquivias. During the season, they made trades for Herman Ailsworth, Gail Terboss, Olin Boisselle, and Young Elsasser. The season went better than expected for the Batista, considering the new move up. They also were able to win a major upset against the Wakefield Warriors, which was their only loss of the season. The Batista ended the season 32-3-3.
They swept the first series easily against an AI team. In the second round, they were swept by the Who Dares Wins.
Championship Run, Part 2Edit
Before the season, one representative of the Batista said, "I believe we have a good number of pieces to get to the championship. With a couple more additions, we could make a real run for the trophy." More moves were made in Season 14. Teddy Long brought in Edwardo Storz via free agency and Anibal Wooden, Michael Aleizar, and Prokl Voronov via trades. In a midseason trade, The Batista acquired Buster Trexler. They finished the season in first place after defeating DT, the Batista's main rival of the season.
The Batista scored a total of 20 goals in sweeping their first round opponent. They also swept their second round opponent, the Indy Rangers. This led to a matchup vs. DT in the finals. Unfortunetaly for the Batista, the also lost Vlas Chernyshev, a key defensemen, and Stefan Esquivias, their regular season top goal-scorer, to injury
The Batista swept DT in the final round. They won the first game easily, 8-3. In the second game, they were able to edge out DT 3-2, even with a game full of mistakes. "It feels great to have done this with the odds stacked against us," said Gail Terboss. "We could have folded after the injuries, but we hung in there and we were able to overcome them."
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|Season 11||1483:5||38||14||21||3||31||67||81||10th||Missed Playoffs|
|Season 12||1483:5||38||35||2||1||71||190||28||2nd||Champions vs. TBaggers, 2-1|
|Season 13||634:4||38||32||3||0||67||223||48||3rd||Lost in Semifinals vs. Who Dares Wins, 2-0|
|Season 14||634:4||38||37||1||0||74||274||23||1st||Champions vs. DT, 2-0|
|Season 15||82:3||38||24||12||2||50||128||93||7th||Lost in Quarterfinals vs. allstars, 2-1|
|#||Age||Catches||Acquired||Place of Birth||OA rating|
|50||Anibal Wooden||30||Left||Season 14||St. Quentin, New Brunswick||82|
|86||Evdokim Tikhonov||24||Left||Season 11||Perm||79|
|#||Position||Age||Hand||Acquired||Place of Birth||OA rating|
|21||Raymundo Henigan||F||21||L||Season 14||Brooks, Alberta||69|
|6||Elmer Battershell||LW||35||L||Season 12||Aklavik, Northwest Territories||73|
|32||Kafka Sagaser||RW||20||L||Season 15||Zvolen||71|
Werner Doose- Season 11-12
Collin Yusi- Season 13-Present
Marquis Midgette- Season 11-Present
There have been many feuds in the Batista's locker room.
Batista vs. TBaggersEdit
These two teams were rivals during season 12 in League 1483 at the top two teams in the league by far. Both temas knew that they would probably have to face the other in the championship series. In the first game, a brawl occured in the second period that led to 160 penalty minutes being handed out. In the second game, many one-on-one fights took place, resulting in a total of 22 penalties. During on of the fights, the league's leading scorer, Noak Auland, was injured and out for a month. In the end, the Batista came out on top.
Don Hogland vs. Kim SmirnovEdit
They were both players on the Batista for its first three seasons of existence. Their rivalry began as a competetion for the title as the top goal scorer on the team. Don Hogland ended up winning this both times, earning him bragging rights. However, Kim Smirnov has the distinction of being the one who scored the game-tying goal in Game 3, something Hogland did not appreciate. Hogland said he "could have scored that goal if that ref didn't call that high stick." The rivalry boiled over, and the two had a fist fight on the bench. After season 13, Teddy Long traded Don Hogland away. "We appreciate Don's services to the team." When asked why Hogland and not Smirnov, he simply said, "He has more value. Period."
Edwardo Storz vs. Baltasar LiebeEdit
These two openly didn't like each other. Liebe felt that his spot on the team is threatened by Storz, and that he is a puckhog. Storz believed Liebe is just being an a**hole, and that Liebe can't accept the fact that he is less talented than Storz. Liebe and Storz appeared to have settled their differences for the time being.
Collin Yusi vs. Werner DooseEdit
Yusi and Doose were the top two candidates to become the team's captain for season 13. Doose had been the captain for the past two seasons, but many players felt that Yusi was better suited for the job after what he had done during the past season. The vote turned out to be won by just two votes for Yusi. The result did not please Doose, and his production went down almost immediately. He was not chosen as an assistant captain either, making him even angrier. Insiders report that he has not really gotten over the fact, and has even asked to be traded down to tier 5.
- Originally known as The Oracle, Mobius Stadium, and EjamTV Arena.
- The old Wofner Arena seats 7,800 people. The new Wofner Arena seats 12,000 people
- The beer served at the Wofner Arena is known as "the best beer in the 3rd tier."
- The scoreboard was donated by Mr. Edwards.
- Bob the Bull, a large mechanical head of a bull, hangs from the ceiling. Smoke blows out of its ears every time the Batista score and after ever victory. It is not to be confused with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
- Wofner Arena is also the home of the professional wrestling company Wrestling of the Future. Two shows are taped every week- Saturday Morning Madness and Tuesday Night Temptation.