Wrestlers are globally recognized athletes famous for bringing to life the characters that we see on WWE TV. While they need to be great wrestlers to pull of the moves and the holds required in pro wrestling, the real skill these performers need is the ability to act. After all, they are playing characters on television.
Over the past few years, a number of WWE stars have been able to successfully make the switch over to the silver screen with the likes of Batista, The Rock and John Cena becoming household names all over the world for their roles in some of the biggest box office releases over the past few years. These stars got their start with WWE and used their natural charisma to make it big in Hollywood.
While these three stars are only a minority of all WWE wrestlers, there are a number of other recognizable wrestlers who have been part of movies over the past few decades but aren’t nearly as well-known or well-remembered. The list could easily be more than 15 since many of the following stars have made more than one cameo in their career.
The following list looks at just 15 WWE stars who you might recognize from cameos in films. These aren’t the films that stars were advertised as being in prior to the release, these are just the films that superstars were part of for a brief moment that the WWE Universe only knew about when they watched the films themselves.
15. Seth Rollins: Sharknado 4
Seth Rollins has been one of the best wrestlers in WWE for the past few years, the former World Champion has shown his acting talents a number of times on-screen as part of the Raw roster, but he has also been cast as part of his own film called “Armed Response” alongside Wesley Snipes, a film that was released back in August.
This isn’t Rollins’ first taste of movie making though since the former United States Champion also appeared in Sharknado 4: The Fourth Awakens back in 2016 where he was known as Lopez, which is coincidentally his real last name. Sharknado is a series that has seen a number of WWE stars make cameos including Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and John Morrison.
14. Triple H: Blade Trinity
Triple H hasn’t always been the COO of WWE. Before he was promoted to such a prestigious position in the company, he too was able to test the water when it comes to a career in acting. While Triple H is well-known for his starring role in The Chaperone back in 2011, he is also another star who has made cameo appearances in huge Hollywood movies.
Triple H popped up in the third instalment of the Blade franchise back in 2004 alongside Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel as a character called Jarko Grimwood, who was one of the strangest bad guys in the movie. It wasn’t common knowledge that the former World Champion was part of the movie before it happened, and the WWE Universe was surprised to see him appear in the popular saga.
13. Randy Orton: That’s What I Am
Randy Orton is a former World Champion in WWE and a current SmackDown superstar but he is also someone who has been able to appear in a number of hit films over the past few years. Orton is perhaps best-known for his appearance in “12 Rounds 2: Reloaded”, which is the sequel to John Cena’s popular 12 Rounds movie.
Orton has also popped up in “That’s What I Am” back in 2011 in what would be his first taste of filmmaking. Orton was the main character’s father but was only part of the film for about five minutes. The WWE Universe wasn’t aware of his appearance in the movie before the film was released and were shocked to see his inclusion in it when he had hardly promoted the movie beforehand.
12. John Cena: Daddy’s Home
Ever since John Cena appeared in The Marine back in 2006, it seems that the former 16-time World Champion has been able to land a number of main roles in films. Cena also appeared in the original 12 Rounds movie, before Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose then took over in the sequels.
Given the fact that Cena has become such a huge star on-screen over the past few years, it came as a shock back in 2015 when the former United States Champion appeared in Daddy’s Home at the very end of the movie for a few seconds. Of course, Cena later went on to make a much larger contribution to the second movie, which was the main reason for the cameo appearance, but he was just an added bonus to the original movie for wrestling fans.
11. Hulk Hogan: Gremlins 2
Hulk Hogan is one of the best-known wrestlers in the world. Along with being a former World Champion in WWE, Hogan has successfully been able to make the switch over to a career in acting as well and has starred in a number of films including Rocky 3, No Holds Barred, Suburban Commando, Mr Nanny and Santa Muscles.
While Hogan was the main star of all of the above films, he has also been part of a number of cameo appearances in movies over the past few years as well. Some of the most famous cameo’s that Hogan has made over the past few years include “Muppets from Space” back in 1999 and “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” back in 1984. He appeared as himself in the movie but was only part of it for around 1 minute.
10. The Rock: The Other Guys
The Rock was undoubtedly one of the biggest faces of the Attitude Era, but he was also the first WWE star to be able to successfully switch from the wrestling ring to a movie star, having appeared in The Mummy Returns in 2001 and The Scorpion King back in 2002.
Even though The Rock has since branched out into film sagas like The Fast and The Furious and G.I. Joe, he is also someone who is able to be part of a movie for a few seconds and still be able to steal the film. This happened when The Rock was part of the opening sequence of The Other Guys back in 2010 where he appeared alongside Samuel L. Jackson in one of the biggest action sequences of the film.
9. Nathan Jones: Troy
Nathan Jones appeared in WWE from 2002 until 2003 and was seen aligned with The Undertaker as his protege. He was always seen as a star for the future in WWE because of his size but he ended up quitting because he wasn’t a fan of WWE’s hectic touring schedule.
Jones isn’t as well-known as many stars on this list, but he is a star who has made a cameo in one of the biggest films of the past few decades. Jones appears in the opening scene of Troy that was released back in 2004 where he plays a warrior who stepped up to Brad Pitt’s Achilles character only to be easily killed by him by a shot to the neck. Jones is only in the film for a few seconds but his role showed the strength of Pitt’s character.
8. Brodus Clay: No One Lives
Brodus Clay will probably be best remembered on WWE screens as The Funkasaurus who would dance out to the ring accompanied by The Funkadactyls, one of which is still with WWE as part of SmackDown Live. Clay was a popular star but was still released from WWE a few years ago and has since gone on to make a number of appearances on the Netflix original series Glow.
Brodus isn’t new to the acting world. He has been part of a number of movies over the past few years, one of the roles that he was part of was in No One Lives back in 2013. Brodus plays a small role where he is eliminated quite early on before one of the main stars of the movie then disembowels him and hides inside him in one of the strangest plot twists.
7. David Otunga: The Call
David Otunga is a star who has been able to remain with WWE for the past few years despite the fact that he isn’t one of the most talented stars on the roster and hasn’t been able to make an impact on commentary either. Otunga was able to land a role on the hit TV show Criminal Minds, which was why he missed a number of episodes of Monday Night Raw recently. Otunga is also another WWE star who has dipped his toes in the acting pool.
Otunga appeared in “The Call” alongside Halle Berry and Kane back in 2013. The former member of The Nexus plays the role of officer Jake Devan in the film who is only seen for a few minutes throughout the movie.
6. Candice Michelle: Dodgeball
Candice Michelle was the first former Diva Search contestant to win a Women’s Championship back in 2007 merely years before she was released from the company. Candice is also a former Playboy cover girl and proved that she was able to switch into the acting world when she was able to appear in a number of commercials for GoDaddy.com.
Even Candice has been able to make an appearance in a number of films. Candice appeared in “Tomcats” and “Anger Management” in her early career before making a short cameo appearance in “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” back in 2004 where she was seen for a few seconds as a sexy dancer. It isn’t well-known that Candice was part of the film since her appearance wasn’t one that was easily noticeable.
5. The Big Show: Jingle All The Way
The Big Show is a former World Champion in WWE and has made appearances in a number of movies and TV shows over the past few years where he’s proved that he is quite a good actor when he has to be.
Big Show has been with WWE for a number of decades, but he was still able to make a shock appearance in Jingle All The Way back in 1996 alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the film, Big Show is seen as Santa and is put up against Arnold and the duo are forced to do battle. Much like many other stars on this list, Big Show wasn’t someone that many people knew was in the film and because he’s wearing a beard for most of the movie, it wasn’t a well-known appearance for The World’s Largest Athlete.
4. R-Truth: The Wrestler
R-Truth is a superstar who has been able to adapt to WWE over the past few decades. As well as being a popular star on WWE TV, Truth managed to bag himself a role in a film that was all about a wrestler as well. “The Wrestler” stars Mickey Rourke and looks at his life as a professional wrestler, which was released back in 2008.
R-Truth is one of the most famous wrestlers to have a cameo appearance in the film and he pulls out the scissor kick at one point as well, something that he has become famous for throughout his time in WWE. Truth was only in the film for a number of seconds, but a few members of the WWE Universe were able to notice that the current star was part of the film.
3. The Undertaker: Suburban Commando
The Undertaker has hardly had enough time to do anything other than wrestle over the past three decades. The Phenom has been one of WWE’s biggest stars since his debut back in 1990 and still holds the record as having the longest undefeated streak in WrestleMania history.
Despite how long Undertaker has been seen as a main star on WWE TV, he has also been able to appear in a number of films during his career. Undertaker appeared in Suburban Commando back in 1991 alongside Hulk Hogan where he played a character called Hutch. At the time Undertaker was a rising star in the WWF, but it wasn’t common knowledge that he was part of this film and only appeared for a few minutes in a fight against fellow wrestler Hulk Hogan.
2. Kevin Nash: Teenager Mutant Ninja Turtles II
Kevin Nash is a WWE Hall of Famer and former World Champion in the company, but over the past few years the former wrestler has also been able to make the switch over to the world of acting. He has most recently been seen in a starring role in Magic Mike and the film’s less popular sequel.
Even though it was a shock for the WWE Universe to see Nash in the role, this wasn’t the first time he had tried his hand at the acting business since he was also seen in The Longest Yard, Dead Or Alive and The Family Plan. Nash made a cameo appearance in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze back in 1991 as a character called Super Shredder.
1. Randy Savage: Spiderman
Randy Savage was one of the biggest stars in WWE throughout the 1980s alongside Miss Elizabeth before he left the company in the early 1990s and tried to recreate his successful career in WCW.
Savage proved how great an actor he was on-screen for a number of years, so it comes as no surprise that he was another star who was able to try his hand at acting when he appeared in Spiderman back in 2002 as Bone Saw. Savage was able to throw Tobey Maguire around the ring throughout their time on-screen but was only seen in the film for around three minutes. Savage faced Spiderman in a wrestling match as part of the movie and while he hit him with a chair and then tried to attack him with a crowbar, Spiderman countered and sent him head first into the ground. Savage!
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