When it comes to the biggest names in Hollywood, two of the most successful came from WWE. Those are John Cena and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. While they are big-name actors now, there's no way they'd be stealing the screen if it wasn't for their time employed by Vince McMahon. With this in mind, it's easy to imagine that other Superstars could follow in those footsteps, and there are a few names the bigwigs in Hollywood should keep in mind, while there are others they should stay away from altogether.
10 Hollywood: Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler has already proven he doesn't need the WWE to be successful. In fact, he's got a popular stand-up act that he's pretty passionate about outside the ring. He's done a bit of acting, more lending his voice, but he showed some promise in the not-very-good Countdown. He's got charisma, and his ability to talk can take him a long way. He's clearly got comedic timing too, so maybe Ziggler will be Hollywood-bound after his career is said and done.
9 Stay Away: Jinder Mahal
WWE gave Jinder Mahal a monster push on SmackDown Live, resulting in one of the most disappointing WWE World Heavyweight Championship reigns in recent memory, but that run on top exposed him in a lot of ways. Most notably, however, his promo abilities were seriously brought into question. He would lose his voice partway through his segments.
Then, when WWE moved him away from the main event, he floundered as a comedy act. Some of that is on the writing, sure, but his delivery was always weak. Jinder is a star who would have a lot of work to do before moving to Hollywood.
8 Hollywood: Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt is one of WWE's strangest characters and it would be dead on arrival if it wasn't for the talented man underneath the beard. Wyatt's promos are fantastic, but he really shines in his pre-taped vignettes, and while a lot of that has to do with WWE's video-production team, but Wyatt's ability to speak is almost second to none. We think that with that, he could make the transition to the big screen, but mostly doing creepy thrillers. Now that we've put a lot of thought behind it, we want that Bray Wyatt horror movie!
7 Stay Away: Jeff Hardy
Look, Jeff Hardy is great — we here at TheSportster love him! But his promos aren't the strongest. For whatever reason, Hardy has a hard time sounding convincing, and while that's during live performances, we don't think getting multiple takes will fix him.
That's OK though, Hardy has nothing to prove and is an absolute legend in wrestling, both in and out of WWE. He doesn't need Hollywood.
6 Hollywood: Triple H
OK, this isn't really fair because Triple H actually had a pretty big role in Blade III, but he wasn't too bad. He was also the best part of The Chaperone, but we're sure he wants to forget that. The fact of the matter, however, is that in those two cinematic roles, Triple H proved he can be a presence on the screen.
Not everyone can cut a 20-minute live promo either, but Hunter Hearst Helmsley isn't a normal man. He's got the build, he's likable, and he's one of those guys who has appeal outside of WWE. Sure, he has a cushy job working behind the scenes in WWE these days, but we could be one midlife crisis away from seeing the next Hollywood star.
5 Stay Away: Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley is really good at shoot-fighting. He's also a very good wrestler, but sometimes that kind of star power doesn't translate to the big screen. Lashley's a physical star, that much is for sure, but his charisma is more of a silent type. In fact, he struggled so much upon returning to WWE that he was paired with Lio Rush to help get him over.
While there is no direct correlation between the ability to cut a promo and acting ability, what we've seen from Bobby Lashley over his career doesn't scream "movie star".
4 Hollywood: The Miz
The Miz plays a Hollywood wannabe on WWE TV every week, but the reality is, he's destined to break out on the big screen. His resume is extensive with a number of straight to DVD/Blu-Ray starring roles in the Marine, but as far as those movies go, he was pretty alright.
We won't judge him based on those films, however. The Miz has proven to be able to keep fans hooked on every word he says. Whether he's a sympathetic babyface or a dastardly heel, this is a superstar who is definitely on Hollywood's radar.
3 Stay Away: Baron Corbin
Baron Corbin is constantly put in big-time programs, but he never quite fits in. Sure, he does his part, but he lacks a certain something to be at the top of the WWE card. Part of that is his promo abilities. He doesn't fumble his words, sure, but he lacks a believability whenever he speaks. His backstage segments are even worse — his acting ability is akin to something we'd see in adult films.
2 Hollywood: Roman Reigns
Let's get real for a minute, almost every single one of WWE's top stars has a cup of coffee in Hollywood. Hulk Hogan, The Rock, John Cena, and even Stone Cold Steve Austin have all made a living outside of the WWE on the big screen, so it isn't too crazy to suggest Roman Reigns would be any different. He's got the look, his promos have improved over the years, and his connections with The Rock will surely help there as well — in fact, he'll have a role in the upcoming Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw alongside his cousin. As far as star potential goes, Reigns is a big-name who will probably be more appreciated when he's gone.
1 Stay Away: Brock Lesnar
This one seems pretty obvious, but let's break it down here. Brock Lesnar is difficult to work with, he doesn't like being around people, and he doesn't like working a lot. His voice is weirdly high pitched for a man his size, and he has a strange delivery when he does speak. Those are all pretty big character flaws for an actor.
Look, please don't hurt us, Mr. Lesnar, you're a very good wrestler, just not quite an actor.