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Top 18 WWE Wrestlers Who Turned Actors | From the Ring to the Screen

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Exploring the dynamic connection between professional wrestling and Hollywood, this list delves into the journeys of 18 remarkable wrestlers who seamlessly transitioned into acting. Combining their larger-than-life personas and athletic abilities, these individuals captivated audiences both in the ring and on the silver screen. From electrifying performances to commanding roles, these wrestlers-turned-actors showcase their charisma and physical prowess in diverse cinematic endeavors. Their successful crossover demonstrates the enduring allure of these multifaceted entertainers, proving that the worlds of wrestling and acting are not only interconnected but also fertile ground for talent to flourish and captivate audiences worldwide. So, lets take a look at wwe stars who became actors.

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WWE Stars Who Turned Actors

Sr.no  WWE Star who became actors
1 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
2 Dave Bautista
3 John Cena
4 Hulk Hogan
5 Roddy Piper
6 Kevin Nash
7 Randy Savage
8 “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
9 The Undertaker
10 Goldberg
11 Adam Copeland/Edge
12 The Great Khali
13 Chris Jericho
14 Diamond Dallas Page
15 Ronda Rousey
16 Stacy Keibler
17 Chyna
18 Triple H

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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Undoubtedly the most iconic name on this list, The Rock Hollywood career has eclipsed even his legendary wrestling achievements. From action blockbusters like the “Fast & Furious” franchise and “Jumanji” to heartwarming family films like “Moana,” this wwe star reigns supreme as the highest-paid actor in the world.

Dave Bautista

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Drax the Destroyer might be his most famous role, but Bautista has carved a diverse filmography spanning action (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), sci-fi (“Dune”), and even comedies (“Stuber”). His imposing physique and surprising vulnerability make him a captivating presence on screen.

John Cena

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WWE’s poster boy for over a decade, John Cena has transitioned into a successful comedic actor. John Cena starred in family films like “Playing with Fire”, “Bumblebee,” and “Ricky Stanicky” showcasing his charisma and comedic sides.


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Hulk Hogan

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The ultimate wrestling icon, Hogan’s Hollywood career peaked in the 1990s with action films like “Mr. Nanny” and “Suburban Commando.” Although his later ventures haven’t garnered the same acclaim, his undeniable influence on both wrestling and entertainment remains.

Roddy Piper

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“Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s charisma and acting chops shone through in films like “They Live” and “Hell Comes to Frogtown.” He wasn’t afraid to take on unconventional roles, adding depth to his wrestling persona.

Kevin Nash

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Kevin Nash: WWE

Big Show may be synonymous with WWE, but Nash had a notable run in WCW before finding success in Hollywood. He’s appeared in numerous films, often playing intimidating characters like his role in “Magic Mike.”

Randy Savage

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The “Macho Man” brought his flamboyant personality and wrestling skills to the big screen in films like “Spider-Man” and “Ready to Rumble.” Though his acting career wasn’t extensive, his unique persona left a lasting mark.

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin

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The Texas Rattlesnake’s gravelly voice and tough-guy persona translated well to action films like “The Expendables” and “The Condemned.” While he hasn’t pursued acting full-time, his appearances are always memorable.


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The Undertaker

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The Phenom’s limited filmography doesn’t diminish his impact. His portrayal of Mark Calaway in “The Dead Man” showcases his brooding presence and untapped acting potential.

Goldberg

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Goldberg Wins the WWE Universal Championship | Den of Geek

Dubbed Big Bad Bill, this wrestler has made a name for himself as the tough guy who simply cannot be put down. His resume includes roles in The Longest Yard, Santa’s Slay, Universal Soldier etc.

Adam Copeland/Edge

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The Rated R Superstar is nothing short of a superstar in the wrestling circuit. A major reason for this is his ability to portray a convincing heel that fans love to hate and his superb promo skills. He has successfully transitioned this ability onto the big screen.

The Canadian wrestler found early roles in sci-fi shows like Sanctuary and Haven, and played Kjetill Flatnose on the final two seasons of the hit History Channel series Vikings. Furthermore, he has also starred in the Flash TV series.


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The Great Khali

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The Great Khali’s first notable stint was in The Longest Yard reboot, wherein he starred alongside Adam Sandler. Though his speech was always something that has been considered to be holding him back, there is no denying the fact that he possesses the ability to make his presence felt in front of the camera. He also later starred in movies such as Get Smart and MacGruber.

Chris Jericho

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Chris Jericho, or famously known as Y2J is another wwe wrestler who has managed to make a successful transition from the squared circle to the world of acting. He has made appearances in movies such as, MacGruber, the Terrifier series and also Sharknado, the latter of which has now acquired somewhat of a cult following.

Diamond Dallas Page

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Image Source: The Irish Sun

The founder of the DDT move has also had his fair share of appearances in movies and shows. His run Billy Ray Snapper in The Ddevil’s Rejects is perhaps his most memorable one. He has also appeared in scenes deleted from The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Rat Race.

Ronda Rousey

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The baddest woman on the planet dominated the octagon. Post that, she ventured into the world of cinema. She appeared in movies such as The Expendables and The Fast and Furious, where her roles depended much on her physicality.  And while her acting presence, candidly, still needs a bit of work, she gets a special shoutout for these ventures.

Stacy Keibler

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Although she has not actively acted since 2014, she made her presence felt in the 2000s and early 2010s. She made numerous appearances in shows like George Lopez, What About Brian, October Road, Chuck, Psych, and How I Met Your Mother.

Chyna

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The Eight Wonder of the World is widely regarded as the one who set the benchmark for modern women wrestling. Prior to her untimely demise in 2016, she had a stacked acting resume. Chyna starred as police officer Janice in two episodes of Third Rock From the Sun, and appeared on Celebrity DeathmatchThe Anna Nicole Show, and The Surreal Life. She also was a finalist on an episode of Fear Factor.

Triple H

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The Game, The King of Kings or whatever name you may opt to refer to him as can easily be considered as one of the greatest of all time. The current WWE Chief operating Officer once made headlines due to his antics with D Genration X. His roles in movies include Relative Strangers, Blade: Trinity, The Chaperone etc. However, it is widely accepted that for a performer who managed to create a powerful anti-hero persona as part of Degeneration-X, he never attempted to channel that energy in any of his acting roles.

Conclusion

This list just scratches the surface of the talented wrestlers who have made their mark in Hollywood. From action heroes to comedic stars, these individuals have proven that the skills homed in the ring can translate to captivating performances on the silver screen.


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