There have been others. Edge, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Randy Orton, Kane and more have tried their hand at movies, but unlike The Rock and Cena, haven't been able to make a full-time jump. Through the WWE Studios platform, they've been able to make some money starring in movies, but the need to come back to the WWE to earn their real money has always existed. Does that mean it can't be done?
We don't believe so. Cena and The Rock have proven there is an appetite for WWE talent in Hollywood, but they've also proven, whoever makes the jump next needs to have the goods. Here are five current WWE Superstars we think can do it.
5. The Miz
It's common knowledge The Miz wants to make the jump and in a way he already has. His character is the "A-Lister" and he's in about every other movie WWE Studios produces. Even though he's got a long list of films on his resume, he's not managed that big break that would elevate him as a serious contender for movie roles outside the company's own productions.
But, he's just too good to be held down and he clearly wants it. The Miz has proven that when he wants something, he's a pretty hard guy to stop.
4. Alexa Bliss
Of all the WWE Superstars in the women's division, Alexa Bliss might have started with the least wrestling knowledge and experience. As she was rising rapidly through the ranks, some of the other ladies backstage gave her a hard time because of it, but all it really meant was that Bliss was an excellent student and a natural.
She's a good wrestler but more than that, she's an excellent character able to reinvent herself and draw you in. That's exactly what Hollywood is and Bliss has the ability to make the jump. She's also got the look.
If you've seen the film Pitch Perfect you know that Lana already has some experience in movies. She was also in a couple prior to joining WWE. Something also tells us that WWE is not all Lana has on her list of to-dos.
She's being underutilized in the company and she has more personality and skill than many give her credit for. Her a Rusev are quickly becoming the WWE's most popular couple, and that following could lend itself well to either Lana or Rusev giving other movies a try.
There are two things to consider when we look at Sheamus as an option for this list. First, he's already got a bit of the acting bug having been a part of the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Second, if there is any truth to the rumors that he's nursing a pretty serious injury, he may look at projects outside the ring to keep him active but also in the eye of the fans should he not wrestle as often.
Sheamus has a very interesting look and sometimes that's what producers in Hollywood are looking for. If he has free time, a unique look and some experience, that will help him if he chooses to try his hand at acting more often.
1. Braun Strowman
The WWE Universe is quickly learning that Braun Strowman is anything but one dimensional. Sure, he's pushed as a monster in the WWE but if you follow his social media or other WWE accounts, he's funny, well-liked and a huggable big guy. That leaves a world of possibilities open to him.
Perhaps he finds a role like a Batista did as a heavy in other movies. Perhaps he get's part-time work in a couple action flicks as a henchman or a heavy. If he does, the door is open a crack to someone discovering his other side.