The most recent Marvel picture Guardians of the Galaxy recently opened to rave reviews by the majority of enthusiastic fans.

I remember wondering if the film would finally cool off the superhero craze that’s gripped the industry since 2006 by my count.

Silly me.

The picture features a solid performance from yet another member of the combat sports community.

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James Gunn, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan and David Bautista attends the “Guardians of the Galaxy” photocall on July 25, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

David Bautista, known to most as Batista when he wrestled for the WWE, told the media in interviews that when he finally learned that he secured the part of Drax, he pulled over to the side of the road and cried.

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Actor Dave Bautista attends Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” – Toronto advanced special screening at Scotiabank Theatre on July 30, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

After a successful tenure in the WWE and a less than spectacular victorious MMA debut  a few years ago, the big man is fully focused on building his acting career in the same veins of another fellow WWE superstar – and huge MMA fan:  The Rock, Dwayne Johnson.

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This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Dwayne Johnson as Hercules in a scene from “Hercules.” (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Kerry Brown)

Johnson recently teamed up with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey for the 6th instalment of the Fast and the Furious, another slick flick that jammed cash registers in 2013.

The Rowdy One now joins former women’s star Gina Carano in the FAF alumni.

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SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 10: Actress Gina Carano arrives at the 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Dana White is reportedly working on a title fight between the two later this year.

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MMA fighter Ronda Rousey attends the 2013 Fox Sports Media Group Upfront after party at Roseland Ballroom on March 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

I remember the backlash that engulfed Johnson when he followed his dreams of making it in Hollywood.

He was a sellout, a guy who abandoned the former federation and its fans in hopes of greener pastures.

It never occurred to them that he had other dreams and goals.

That’s fame for ya.

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Actor Dwayne Johnson attends the Paramount Studios presentation during Comic-Con International 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

It didn’t happen all at once, or quickly to be sure, but one cannot deny the doors his success has opened for others.

Now, it’s the fighters that are breaking the door down.

Randy Couture. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Cung Le. Georges St-Pierre.

TV personality Camille Ford, actors Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture and Kellan Lutz attend "The Expendables 3" Movies on Demand Interview session at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for iN DEMAND)
TV personality Camille Ford, actors Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture and Kellan Lutz attend “The Expendables 3” Movies on Demand Interview session at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for iN DEMAND)

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