- Transitioning from wrestling to appearing is a troublesome feat, and solely a small pool of performers have discovered success in each industries.
- Some wrestlers, like Jesse Ventura and John Cena, have managed to determine themselves as profitable actors exterior of the WWE umbrella.
- Nonetheless, not all wrestlers have had the identical degree of luck, with people like Mike Mizanin, Glenn Jacobs, Hulk Hogan, Paul Levesque, and Steve Austin failing to search out substantial success within the appearing trade.
The transition from wrestler to actor is changing into an rising phenomenon in Hollywood, with some WWE stars faring higher than others. An enormous a part of a wrestler’s act is their means to carry out on the mic and promote their character to the viewers. Nonetheless, even those that excel at this aren’t assured a profitable appearing profession. A number of wrestlers have managed to change into large family names within the appearing world, whereas others quietly nailed much less prolific roles. There are some wrestlers, although, who have not had the identical degree of luck.
Solely a small pool of performers have managed to search out the method to make each wrestling and appearing work. WWE studios have usually given their expertise the possibility to attempt their luck at making films. Nonetheless, the studio has a extreme lack of hits. Those that have discovered success managed to take action exterior the WWE umbrella and have gone on to be a part of huge cinematic franchises. With a number of wrestlers showing in Marvel films, it’s clear there may be potential to cross industries. Nonetheless, these cameos nonetheless do not assure long-term success. Some wrestlers have constructed nice appearing careers, whereas others have failed to take action.
10 Jesse Ventura (Nice)
Jesse Ventura is a WWE Corridor of Famer who managed to have a profitable wrestling, appearing, and political profession. The previous Governor of Minnesota held roles in Predator and The Operating Man, and he even had cameo in Batman & Robin. Whereas Ventura might not be probably the most well-known title on this checklist, he helped lay the muse for wrestlers to change into plausible actors. Showing in films alongside one of many greatest stars of the ’80s and ’90s — Arnold Schwarzenegger — Ventura clearly had the potential to convincingly carry out these roles. He even hosted his personal TV present, Conspiracy Concept With Jesse Ventura, as he had loads of expertise and marketability.
9 Mercedes Varnado (Nice)
Mercedes Varnado — also called Sasha Banks and Mercedes Mone — remains to be within the prime of her wrestling profession. At 31 years previous, she is a Grand Slam champion in WWE and a former IWGP Girls’s Champion. Exterior her wrestling accolades, Varnado has additionally appeared in The Mandalorian. Taking part in Koska Reeves, Varnado managed to completely painting a outstanding position in one among Star Wars‘ most well-received trendy initiatives. She may solely be beginning her appearing profession, however such early success offers her loads of inventory heading into Hollywood if she decides to pursue a full-time appearing profession sooner or later.
8 John Cena (Nice)
Certainly one of WWE’s all-time best performers has additionally managed to make a splash within the appearing scene. John Cena’s efficiency as Peacemaker has received him loads of plaudits and ended any debate about his appearing means. His portrayal of the character in 2021’s The Suicide Squad even landed him his personal DC present. Alongside showing in massive motion franchises like Quick & Livid and Transformers, Cena has appeared in quite a few comedies. John Cena and Jason Momoa’s Killer Trip is an upcoming action-comedy that can permit Cena to mix his two greatest strengths. Whereas his profession has had a couple of low factors, Cena stays a beloved and well-renowned actor.
7 Dave Bautista (Nice)
Maybe probably the most shocking wrestler-turned-actor is Dave Bautista. Regardless of his compelling character moments in WWE, Bautista was much better identified for his athletic, highly effective in-ring actions. His efficiency as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy actually put his title on the market in Hollywood, and he has been profitable ever since. Exterior his MCU appearances, Bautista has labored on hits corresponding to Blade Runner 2049 and Dune amongst many different massive movies. There has additionally been loads of noise round Dave Bautista being solid in Netflix’s Gears of Battle Film, which the actor himself has shared his want to be part of.
6 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Nice)
After an impressive wrestling profession, Dwayne Johnson managed to change into one of many greatest names in Hollywood. He has change into an enormous star, and regardless of some criticism over his appearing means, Johnson is a field workplace draw. Like Cena, Johnson has appeared in each DC and the Quick & Livid franchises. The Rock and Kevin Hart have a number of films collectively, which helped Johnson’s reputation by making him a part of a recognizable duo. He’s the definition of a modern-day motion star, delivering humorous but fascinating performances. Even when Johnson finds himself taking part in the identical kinds of characters often, his notoriety and success is indeniable.
5 Mike “The Miz” Mizanin (Failed)
The Miz’s journey to WWE was troublesome, transitioning from actuality TV to an trade that did not initially settle for him. Whereas this will have lastly paid off within the wrestling world, he hasn’t had the identical degree of fortune within the appearing trade. Mizanin’s WWE character has usually revolved round being an “A-lister“, considerably parodying the actual fact he sees himself as an enormous Hollywood superstar. The fact, nonetheless, is he has struggled within the appearing scene. He has been the face of The Marine franchise, which by no means actually took off. Persevering with to be concerned in straight-to-DVD movies, Mizanin’s spectacular character work does not look prone to translate to a profitable appearing profession.
4 Glenn Jacobs (Failed)
Glenn Jacobs, higher often known as Kane, appeared a sure-fire success within the horror style. Jacobs was a former world champion in WWE, and his usually creepy and intimidating character stood out. It appeared that Jacobs may change into a standout performer in horror films when the See No Evil franchise launched. As a substitute, these films flopped massively, and Kane did not have a considerable film profession, together with his final movie look being again in 2016. Jacobs ended up going into politics and changing into Mayor of Knox County, a major change from what may have been.
3 Hulk Hogan (Failed)
Regardless of being such an enormous title in wrestling, Hulk Hogan by no means fairly managed to have the appearing profession to match. Hogan was identified for his charisma and was the face of wrestling for effectively over a decade. When it got here to appearing, although, Hogan by no means fairly made it stick. He appeared in numerous movies, taking part in all totally different sorts of roles, however nothing materialized to make Hogan a Hollywood attraction. His larger-than-life persona that labored in wrestling was an excessive amount of for the appearing trade, even when it got here to ’80s films. Hogan’s greatest Hollywood hyperlink lately is the upcoming Hulk Hogan biopic starring Chris Hemsworth.
2 Paul “Triple H” Levesque (Failed)
Whereas the likes of Bautista and Cena thrived, Paul Levesque was somebody from that period of wrestling that could not make appearing work. Levesque has proved he can collaborate with numerous wrestlers and play a hero or villain. His expertise made him a legend of the wrestling world, but he by no means managed to seize this similar degree of efficiency within the appearing trade. Triple H has been a part of motion films, comedies, and animated movies, however nothing has helped him launch a profession. Any probability of Levesque making an attempt to vary his fortunes in appearing appears gone now that he’s the Chief Content material Officer of WWE.
1 “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin (Failed)
The angle period is arguably the most well-liked period of wrestling, and it was spearheaded by Steve Austin. There was no greater wrestling star within the ’90s than Austin. Regardless of his reputation, he could not deliver his stardom to the large display screen. He has been part of many films having retired early from wrestling in 2003. Austin had an reverse appearing profession to one among his best rivals: The Rock. In contrast to Johnson, he did not change into well-liked in appearing regardless of being the larger wrestling star. Stone Chilly Steve Austin’s greatest film has a rating of simply 6.5 on IMDb, highlighting that being an all-time nice wrestler does not assure an incredible appearing profession.