Some people may think that pro wrestlers are all well off and rich people. Those people would be way wrong. Wrestlers have to pay for their own travel expenses and unless you're a big time player in a major promotion, chances are you aren't going to be buying that castle in Beverly Hills. Wrestling also takes a major toll on the body. So what would be a good way to make some money and not be putting yourself in life threatening danger? Shameless advertising of course!
A lot of wrestlers have been involved in commercials over the years but it seemed to really hit its stride when Vince McMahon made his company a global empire in the 1980s with his over the top characters that wrestlers started popping in phone, food and (insert item here) commercials. Knowing how these characters are, there was absolutely no way that these wrestlers were gonna play it straight in their ads - they would have to be in character.
But these ads go way beyond anything you would see them doing in a wrestling promo. The following ads feature unnecessary shouting, violence and nonsensical rants that would confuse Stephen Hawking at the peak of his mental powers. Okay, maybe it is exactly like professional wrestling but nonetheless, these ads are sure to scare the ever-living crap out of any viewer who isn't a wrestling fan and by keeping that in mind, I present to you my lovely readers the top 15 craziest advertisements starring professional wrestlers.
15 Jeff Jarrett Brings Long Distance Object To The Ring
In the first of three telephone related commercials on this list, Jeff Jarrett, a man known for using the term "slapnuts" to address people, stars as the spokesperson for the Tracfone company. Tracfone's gimmick was that it was a pay as you go cell phone company and it's slogan was "Find it anywhere, use it anywhere".
14 Pizza Hut Demolition Intimidation
Back when Pizza Hut was still a relevant brand, the company was a favorite place for families to go for a slice of pie, especially because of it's Kids' Night promotion where kids ate for free. That sounds freaking awesome for parents, but according to this ad, some parents still needed convincing. Enter Demolition.
13 John Cena Is Hyped About... Shaving?
Shaving. Nobody likes doing it and it's the reason why I salute men like Daniel Bryan for letting their hair flow oh so beautifully. John Cena though says SCREW THAT SHAVING IS AWESOME!!!
12 American Idol: Featuring Hulkamania and Alf
Remember ALF? I sure as hell don't because I was a 90s kid but from what I gather ALF is an alien living in a suburban American household. I guess he's funny as well or something. After teaming with such big legends like Randy Savage, an alien would seem like the next logical step for the Hulkster.
11 The Stone Cold and D'Lo Brown Love Saga
What is it about long distance calling that attracts pro wrestlers? Maybe they have to call their wives a lot while on the road? That wouldn't seem to apply to this commercial as Stone Cold and D'Lo Brown share a tender moment in the middle of the ring.
10 Triple H Buries Skateboard Punk
No matter where you are, who you are and what you do, Triple H will always find a way to bury you. Nowhere is this more evident than in this commercial for the YJ Stinger energy drink brand.
9 Kurt Angle's Pre-WWE Pizza Acid Trip
After the Olympics, many athletes find themselves struggling to make ends meet due to the absolutely tiny amount most of them usually make from their athletic accomplishments. That's the only reason I could think as to why Kurt Angle would do a commercial for the oh so creatively titled "Pizza Outlet".
8 Andre The Giant Invades a Treehouse
Andre The Giant is someone who you can pretty much put in anything and it will look insane just because of his appearance and his broken English. Having said that, the Honeycomb cereal brand managed to go above and beyond by using Andre in this commercial.
7 Sting Squashes A Child
Who wouldn't want Sting to show up at their house? In this commercial which somehow advertises Sprite, the WCW legend appears at a kid's house on the part of the Dream Come True Fantasy contest. The kid's dream? To wrestle, brother!
6 Snobby Hotel Receptionist Gets Comeuppance from (mini) Edge
The last wrestler to be in a Slim Jim commercial, Edge stars in this commercial for the dried meat brand. In the ad, Edge tries to take a table at restaurant but the biggest douchebag to ever work behind a desk tells Edge that there's no room for him. Big, or could I say, little mistake.
5 Boredom's Enemy: The Ultimate Warrior
People may recall Randy Savage as the name and face of Slim Jim, but he actually wasn't the original choice that Slim Jim had in mind. Swapping a barely comprehensible wrestler for a COMPLETELY incomprehensible wrestler, ladies and gentlemen I give you The Ultimate Warrior's Slim Jim commercial.
4 Hulk Hogan+ Japan= Madness
3 Rick Steiner Pushes Gimmick Too Far For Roos Shoes
So I may have not been born back when Roos shoes debuted, but my assumption is that I didn't miss much, seeing as how their popularity lasted as long as a hiccup. Why is that? Maybe their series of ads featuring WCW wrestlers had something to do with it.
2 Randy Savage Destroys A Light Store
Ah yes, here it is: the most revered series of commercials starring a pro wrestler ever, the Randy Savage Slim Jim commercials. Just as many people seem to love the Macho Man for his wrestling work as for his Slim Jim ads. But which ad is the most insane?
1 Ultimate Warrior: Say No To Smoking, Say Yes to Drugs
I'm not entirely sure that this qualifies as a commercial, but there is no way in hell that anything else could be number one.
Without a doubt the most insane wrestler in history, The Ultimate Warrior was the WWE's second biggest star of its golden age along with Hulk Hogan. Certainly with his influence he could help get children to stop smoking through a public service announcement. How he would do it though is an intriguing question.
In this 13 second clip, Warrior manages to nearly eat several cigarettes while crushing a bunch of others and urges kids that the only way to get the full power of the Warrior would be to not smoke. Now I think we all know the power of the Warrior lies in a needle, but I guess not smoking is a good idea too.
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