Cosplayers Made Dave Bautista's Last Ever Wrestling Outfit

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When it came time to plan his last ever WWE outfit before announcing his retirement at this year’s Wrestlemania, Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista knew exactly where to turn: some expert cosplayers and a very big pair of Lebrons.


While working on Guardians of the Galaxy a few years back, Bautista heard about a place called GSTQ from a crewmember, the cosplayer Miss Sinister. GSTQ Fashions is a workshop in Atlanta, owned by Catherine Jones, that produces not just screen-quality cosplay outfits, but costumes for actual TV shows and movies as well.

So Bautista decided to work with GSTQ earlier this year to make sure he was looking sharp. His “boots” are actually two pairs of Lebron 11 Soldiers, one worn as usual, the other chopped up to create a “superhero” hi-top look, while his trunks have his name embossed in leather across the front and a big-ass lion across his...ass.

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Bautista says he came to a place like GSTQ ahead of time because his last appearance in the ring was “unplanned...I didn’t have trunks, I didn’t have boots”.

GSTQ put this video together of the creation of his outfit and its fitting, which is cool if you’re into serious cosplay work, but also wrestling! This isn’t a side of the WWE that I knew anything about or ever paid much attention to, but it was really interesting seeing a wrestler plan out and get a costume put together like this.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs


Ok, so the connection to cosplay is that Dave Bautista heard about a professional costume shop that services the TV and film industry in Atlanta, from a crew member on GotG who happens to cosplay, and also likely heard about this shop because it has probably done work for Marvel. This is my shocked Pikachu face.

I am going to be real Luke: Given the hobbyist nature of cosplay, you do a real poor job of covering it. All I tend to see are articles about professionals and photos by Mineralblu (this isn’t a bad thing, Mineralblu has stepped his game up in the last year). There is such a wide breadth ad depth of talent in cosplay and I don’t see much effort being done to cover it compared to other places. Which really sucks because I think could be a lot more than it is.