Often wrestlers leave the ring and chase an acting career, only to realize that films and the WWE aren’t exactly the same thing, even if both involve acting. But what if we spin it in the other direction? Many of Hollywood’s finest perform their own stunts, utilize their personality for personal gain and pursue action flicks for the sheer adrenaline. How exciting would it be to have Oscar winners duking it out in the ring? Or glamourous females swapping the protection of film for the vulnerability of the WWE? The options and scenarios are endless.
Not just any old actor is cut out for wrestling entertainment. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp may be the world’s leading men, but the WWE just isn’t for them. They don’t intimidate us, and that’s fine, they’re just not on the list. Some actors, with only a glance, can evoke a range of emotions that bodes well for a life in the ring. Aggression, desire, power, dedication to the body, these are but a few of the traits that helped these 10 actors find themselves on this exemplary list. Have any disagreements or replacements? Feel free to add more, for if any of these sublime talents were to find themselves up against the likes of Cena, you’d pay to see the result.
10. Mark Wahlberg
Mr. Wahlberg has always been buff, but his role in Pain & Gain alongside champion wrestler The Rock is proof that he can match it alongside current talent. He emulated a worthy boxer in The Fighter, won an Oscar as a rough detective in The Departed and has played a part in multiple war flicks. But another aspect of Wahlberg is his humour, which would transcend into the WWE world through speeches and taunts; Ted (1 & 2), The Other Guys, Daddy’s Home and 2 Guns have revealed his funny side that can lessen his intimidation. His rigorous training methods and dedication to a range of roles make Mark Wahlberg a person the WWE would benefit from, and hopefully it would stop him making Transformer sequels.
9. Megan Fox
She’s slightly nuts, but boy is she entertaining…and beautiful. Megan Fox would be the queen of the Divas, and would draw crowds that didn’t appreciate wrestling prior. She’s not afraid to voice her opinion (calling Michael Bay ‘Hitler’) and can seduce anyone from either sex (such as in Jennifer’s Body, and Transformers). She is found in action films (TMNT) and hasn’t even hit 30 years of age, if acting doesn’t work out, there is a place for Fox in the WWE. There’s mystery here that hasn’t fully developed due to her lack of recent work. If directors and studios are afraid to utilize her, surely her personality is perfect for wrestling entertainment. Imagine the moves, the stares, the outfits…and the men climbing over one another to be a part of her posse.
8. Nicolas Cage
Despite being an action star in the ’90s through films such as Con Air, The Rock and Face/Off, Cage is appealing to the WWE world due to his crazy persona. I mean let’s be honest, the man is downright freaky. His laugh, gaze and voice are internet memes, it is surprising he is yet to play an enemy of Batman given how zany he is. Cage is also an Oscar winner (Leaving Las Vegas), and has 8 upcoming movies in the next few years and has demonstrated himself in wrestling gear (Kick-Ass). Here is a villain that would scare the best of them. As the last 10 years of his film career hasn’t really gone to plan, Cage should take a break from Hollywood and spend a year in the WWE. Release the beast, don’t hide it away.
7. Scarlett Johansson
Here is a female action star that would take the Divas to a new level. Her role as Black Widow in The Avengers is enough to warrant her a place, but her turn as Lucy (a merciless warrior) further demonstrated her desire to be recognized for more than just her stunning looks and slick dialogue. Having those legs wrapped around an opponent’s throat would be a pay-per-view event in itself. Not only is Scarlett set to continue playing Black Widow (in what she hopes spawns a stand-alone film), but she has already acted alongside many of the people on this list, displaying chemistry and a vulnerability that can change in the blink of an eye. Still only 31 and with her progressive move into action, it appears we have a beautiful candidate.
6. Hugh Jackman
Mr. Wolverine has a shredded body, but is also Mr. Nice Guy. Few can boast the body of the Australian powerhouse, with his iconic role as the lead X-Men character allowing a constant flex of the muscles. Jackman enjoys roles that are often placed in a supernatural world such as Van Helsing, Chappie, Real Steel, Pan. Being so flexible means he can don a crazy costume and become a force in the WWE. As the Wolverine role is becoming tiresome, Jackman needs a new challenge and they don’t come much bigger than launching into this industry. We needed an Aussie on this list, and Hugh edged out the fattening Russell Crowe, the cursing Sam Worthington and the lovely Margot Robbie (who would’ve claimed position 11).
5. Sylvester Stallone
While his age may work against his entry into the WWE, there are few actors as obsessed with their body as Stallone. He could still make a great impression on wrestling entertainment, and continues to act in films that make use of his fighting style. Four Rambo films, seven Rocky films and three Expendables films over a 40 year period place Stallone in a category unmatched amongst his peers. Add Grudge Match to the list and you have a man that isn’t afraid to step in the ring and take a punch. Word has it that he could’ve been a champion boxer, had he chosen that career path. Pit him against ageing champions such as Hulk Hogan (who he fought in Rocky 3) and the WWE will command a watch from a wider array of viewers.
4. Christian Bale
If being Batman (3 times), John Connor, Moses, Jim Luther Davis and Patrick Bateman aren’t enough to warrant Bale into wrestling, just take a look at the amount of times he’s transformed his body for a role. Whether it is muscle-bound, bone etched or fat-gutted, Bale dedicates himself to the image of a character. Add that to his aggression on set and you have a wrestler who boasts the complete package. Make no mistake, Bale is in his prime and is one of the best talents in the world when it comes to acting and must be seeking a new challenge. He can’t stop receiving Oscar nominations, and throwing other hulking bodies around may just prove to be what he needs. Or what we need. Or the hero Gotham needs.
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Similar to Stallone, Arnie‘s age is unfortunate because this Terminating, Predator hunting monster of a man was an imposing figure that would’ve dominated the WWE. But imagine Arnie entering the ring to wrestle legends in exhibition matches, or even better; a pairing with Stallone so we can finally see the two monsters duke it out. Bring in the ladders, the tables, the chairs and let them settle a score that has surely lingered for years. How Arnie wasn’t an opponent in a Rocky film is baffling. He’s still acting, so a jump into wrestling can’t be out of the question. His workout videos remain an inspiration to everyone who takes body building seriously, and there is no doubt that he is stuck on the walls of many current greats. His entry would be incredible.
2. Vin Diesel
His acting career is limited to the Fast and the Furious franchise, so a move to the WWE may be exactly what Vin needs. Few can take him seriously (remember The Pacifier?) which is why he sticks to fast cars and strange worlds. There will be 10 Fast and Furious movies by the time 2021 rolls around, so surely he’ll be on the lookout for a way to utilise his mass. Riddick and XxX are other action trilogies he’s added himself to, so for a man that was originally against sequels it appears to be his only drawcard. But thrust the intimidating, bald and aggressive beast into wrestling entertainment and the change of scenery could see him blossom into a memorable champion.
1. Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy is aggressive, powerful and fast. He has broken Batman’s back as the terrorist Bane, destroyed opponents in the MMA flick Warrior, smashed up gangsters in Legend and brutally battled Leo in The Revenant. Include his roles in Mad Max, Bronson and Inception and you have perhaps the world’s greatest current action star who is also an A grade actor. Hardy is intimidating, can use a range of voices and appears to have a never-say-die attitude. This would transfer to the ring seamlessly. He’s thrived as a villain, so we’d place him in that category, and his growth for roles in The Dark Knight Rises and Warrior reveal how impressive his training regime is. Here is a bad guy the WWE world needs.