The guest appearance ... everything in music, film, and television is subjected to guest roles. Whether it be an additional voice added to a studio session to be featured on an upcoming track, an unexpected cameo in a blockbuster movie, or simply a short-lived role on a television series. The guest appearance is popular and polarizing.
Of course, with all things related to the realm of art, the guest appearance can provide a much needed boost to a certain medium or become a catastrophic bust. Convention is tossed aside when stars collide and the hope becomes that the stellar collision will create something beautiful - something that has never been seen before.
When the guest appearance fails, that failure is felt from artist and actor alike as the ego becomes bruised from the blistering blow of reality. This is where the blame-game begins and the comradery ends. Someone must endure the finger-point and take responsibility for the busted project, right?
In the article ahead, the focus will center on the collaboration of professional wrestling and television as we take a look at some televised guest appearances that have been made by some of the biggest professional wrestlers in the business. Those which we feel have proven to be a success (although debate is encouraged as some may seem like a flop appearance to certain viewers/fans).
This is not going to be a piece about Hulk Hogan on Baywatch or Walker, Texas Ranger. The level of cheese in both appearances has a grotesque odor that still lingers twenty years later throughout the wrestling world. The objective here is to present a list of good guest appearances - those which one would want to watch again.
Perhaps you have seen some if not all of these examples. Perhaps your curiosity peak like an acid wave. Either way, these are the top 15 wrestler guest appearances on TV shows:
15 Lita on Dark Angel
Dark Angel was a short-lived, cyberpunk, science fiction series that starred Jessica Alba in a role that would help establish her acting career despite the loss of interest and cancellation following two seasons.
In an episode titled "Freak Nation," WWE Divas, Lita would make a guest appearance in a role which would actually cost the groundbreaking wrestler a year of her career as she would suffer an injury on set while filming a fight scene.
14 The Miz on Sirens
Sirens was another short-lived series that followed the comedic exploits of Chicago EMT Paramedics as they navigated their way through the everyday trails of love and career. The show was recently cancelled due to low ratings.
The Miz - who actually possesses some acting chops - would guest star on an episode titled "Transcendual" where he would assume the role of a trainer, Lance. The Miz plays the part well and added a nice touch to this underrated program.
13 Kane on Smallville
Smallville was a long-running and immensely popular series that followed the life of Clark Kent before becoming Superman. The series was a massive hit as the teenage-drama element would play a pivotal role in production.
Kane - who was bred to play an evildoer - would find a guest spot on an episode titled "Combat" as Titan: an alien lifeform who becomes the star of a secret fight club and an internet sensations thanks to his brutal battles (Chuck Palahniuk meets DC?).
12 Vader on Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World was a coming-of-age sitcom that centered around the life of Cory Matthews from middle-school through college - along the way, finding irreplaceable love and friendships.
Yes, that sounds corny but before you grew so cynical, you probably enjoyed programs as such and you probably recall watching Vader appear as the father of the reformed high school bully who was hurt by Cory and his friend Shawn after they befriended him for their own personal benefit (complain about this entry but in 1996 for a young wrestling fan, this was a great episode).
11 Edge on Haven
Haven is a supernatural series that places the ultra-dramatic into play (like many other shows) and is loosely based on The Colorado Kid - a novel by the hero of the horror genre, Stephen King.
Edge - who is now retired from the ring - has managed to take the "guest appearance" and turn it into the "recurring appearance." Edge frequently assumes the role of Dwight Hendrickson: a troubled soul who works his way up to Chief of Police.
10 Mick Foley on Squidbillies
Squidbillies is an animated, late-night, black comedy which focuses on a family of hillbilly mud squids who live in the Appalachian Mountains and are feuled by alcohol, abusive behaviour, and untamed aggression.
In an episode titled "Anabolic-holic," Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley would lend his voice to the character of Thunder Clap. This episode would take a hard and humorous look at steroid abuse.
9 Triple H on The Drew Carey Show
The Drew Carey Show was a comedic series set in Cleveland, Ohio that followed the life of "everyman" Drew Carey as he dealt with issues at the office and home. You may recall that Drew Carey has had past associations with WWE.
In the episode, "Rats, Kate's Dating a Wrestler," Triple H, under the name The Disciplinarian, plays the part of a popular professional wrestler who has been asked to be the spokesman of Buzz Beer (Carey's fictitious home brew). However, things take a turn when The Disciplinarian begins dating Carey's love interest.
8 Macho Man on King of the Hill
King of the Hill was an animated series created by Mike Judge (the same mind behind Beavis and Butt-Head). The series showcased the Hill family and their colourful cast of friends, co-workers, and neighbours.
One of the greatest promo voices in all of professional wrestling was without question the voice of Macho Man Randy Savage. Therefore, lending his iconic voice to a cartoon seemed proper when he guest starred in an episode titled "Bill, Bulk, and the Body Buddies."
7 Bret Hart on The Simpsons
The Simpsons require no explanation, as the animated program has stood the test of television time with an impressive number of years and episodes to show for cartoon that has crossed generations.
With a plethora of huge guest stars over the years, it would be difficult to chose the absolute best, but in terms of wrestlers, the best guest appearance goes to "the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be," when Bret Hart provided a voice to the episode, "The Old Man and the Lisa."
6 John Cena on MADtv
MADtv was a sketch comedy series that was originally inspired by Mad magazine. The show was aired as a late-night program and rivalled long-running comedy giant Saturday Night Live.
While the show featured WWE Superstars a number of times over the years (Triple H, Edge), it is the guest appearance from John Cena that stands out, as Cena found some weird on-screen chemistry/connection with cast member Bobby Lee.
5 Hulk Hogan on Robot Chicken
Robot Chicken is a stop motion, adult, animated comedy that parodies not only topics of the present but reinvents subjects of the past such as old, forgotten television shows and movies.
The show has used the voices of Triple H and Roddy Piper but it is their use of Hulk Hogan - finally providing him with a good guest starring role - that matters most in the episode "But Not in That Way."
4 The Rock on Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live has been a New York City institution for the past forty years. The place where major Hollywood actors, superstar athletes, and electrifying wrestlers have gone to grace the stage with their attempt at sketch comedy.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has hosted SNL a few times - even portraying a Hulk-like version of Barack Obama. However, back in the year 2000 - prior to WrestleMania 2000 - The Rock would take on the hosting gig with musical guest AC/DC in an episode that would also include cameos from Triple H, Big Show and Mick Foley. The 'Mania main event had made its way to Studio 8H.
3 Stone Cold on Celebrity Deathmatch
Celebrity Deathmatch in an MTV claymation series that pits celebrities against each other in an epic fight to the death - a popular program with sinister plots and comical circumstances.
Stone Cold Steve Austin would find a minor character role on the show with frequent guest appearances as a guest commentator. However, it is the actual Deathmatch between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon that stand out as the most memorable Stone Cold appearance.
2 Roddy Piper on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is comedic series that takes comedy to a whole new level and follows the exploits and schemes of four narcissistic friends while lacking any moral code.
"The Gang Wrestlers for the Troops" was an episode that featured Roddy Piper as Da' Maniac - a washed-up professional wrestler with deep-seeded issues who attempts to help The Gang with their wrestling show before problems with the law interfere with their plans (Piper kills this role).
1 That Wrestling Show
The top spot on our list goes to That '70s Show which dedicated an entire episode to the group of teenagers and fathers heading out to a local wrestling show. The episode is titled "That Wrestling Show."
What made this episode so good? It was aired in 1999, during the peak of the Attitude Era and showcased modern wrestlers as performers from the '70s. The Hardy Boyz - who had their own unique look - were shown wrestling in more traditional wrestling gear.
Ken Shamrock was given a small speaking role when he punked out Red and Eric (father and son) who were sitting on the front row. The legendary Ernie Ladd portrayed the manager of Rocky Johnson who was played by none other than the actual son of Rocky Johnson, The Rock.
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