The world of professional wrestling consists of physical strength, stamina, and a set of acting chops. While wrestling is a physically demanding sport, society has come to an agreement that there is a level of the sport that is indeed fake. The story lines are similar to soap operas, and sometimes the acting is sub par. But this doesn’t matter to wrestling fans, and there are even still a select few who think that professional wrestling is indeed real. Arguments still exist on the legitimacy of the sport, and stars are created overnight based on skills and appearances.
The World Wrestling Entertainment, or better known as the WWE, is the most popular and well known wrestling entertainment company. You can watch their matches on numerous cable stations, and join their masses of fans around the world. The wrestlers who work for the WWE are thrown into stardom and can become celebrities in their own right. After receiving so much exposure and a growing fandom, Hollywood is sure to notice. Sometimes that leads to more opportunities such as having roles in movies. Celebrities like Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock” started out as a professional wrestler. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is also better known as an actor, and some people have even forgotten that he was even a wrestler in the first place.
The wrestlers on this list could be the next Oscar-winning actor, or they could make their own careers from walk-on roles and doing comedy films. Regardless of how they get there, these wrestlers are on the brink of a big break in the world of Hollywood and the entertainment industry.
10. Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns, also known by his real name Joe Anoa’i, made headlines when it came out that he was seeing an acting coach. But that wasn’t the surprising part; the shocker was that the WWE actually provided the acting coach. The reason for the move was that Reigns’ mic show was weaker than other wrestlers. He has improved vastly, and rumor has it that Hollywood is looking at him for some potential roles. Why not? He has the look that is in demand now with all of the period action shows on the air right now, plus there are villains needed for upcoming hero films.
9. Triple H
Triple H is practically WWE royalty as he is married to the daughter of the big boss of the wrestling organization. In terms of acting, he has had some small roles in a few films like, Blade: Trinity as well as a few WWE-produced films like The Chaperone and Inside Out. While he was once an active wrestler, his current role in the WWE is that of an authority figure. Perhaps in the future we will see more of Triple H on the big screen when Hollywood is looking to fill their roles for intimidating leaders and villains.
8. Randy Orton
Randy Orton has been with the WWE since 2001 and is one of the organization’s most popular wrestlers. He is also a 12 time world champion and is one of wrestling’s top stars. Lately, Orton has also become a working actor making appearances in numerous movies such as his debut in I Am What I Am in 2011. Recently, it was announced that Orton would be starring as the leading man in The Condemned 2: Desert Prey. If the audiences’ reception to his performance is anywhere near his reception in the wrestling world, then Orton has quite the promising acting career ahead of him.
7. Big Show
Better known as “Big Show”, Paul Wight is seven feet tall and weighs over 425 pounds. He has been with the WWE since 1999 and appeared in his first movie in 1996, which was Reggie’s Prayer. His most iconic role was playing Captain Insano in Adam Sandler‘s 1998 hit The Waterboy. In the movie, Wight laughs at Sandler’s character for sounding like a little child as opposed to the grown up the character actually is. In the professional wrestling world, Wight is known as one of the world’s largest athletes. He could always play a big imposing figure or a giant with a heart of gold.
6. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler certainly has that swooning Hollywood smile and the look of a leading man. He signed his contract for the WWE in 2004 and has become a superstar for the organization. His real name is Nick Nemeth, and if you do some digging, you’ll find that he was actually in the movie Shallow Hal credited as “Night Club Goer #1”. Given his commitment to his role with the WWE and his good looks, fans often wonder why we don’t see more of the wrestler in more acting roles.
5. Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt joined the WWE in July of 2013 playing the leader of the Wyatt Family. He has found much success as a professional wrestler, and was previously wrestling for the WWE as Husky Harris. Gone are those days, however, as he ditched that boring persona and crafted a truly terrifying character, even matching up with The Undertaker at last year’s WrestleMania. His huskier build and frightening performances make him ideal for a career in Hollywood, most likely starring as a villain in a horror movie.
4. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes currently wrestles for the WWE under the ring name Stardust. He has wrestling roots in his blood as he is the son of famous wrestler Dusty Rhodes and the half-brother of Goldust. He’s embraced every persona he’s been given, and has truly shined through them all, whether it was his “Dashing” Cody Rhodes gimmick or his current villainous incarnation.
Before he joined the WWE, he had a successful independent career with two state titles. Rhodes has been noted for his ability to take the stage and draw in his audiences. His performances with the WWE are starting to catch the attention of Hollywood producers, and it wouldn’t be a shock if we saw Cody in a feature film in the future.
3. John Cena
Some people don’t even realize it, but John Cena‘s acting career actually dates back to the 1980s, but without much success. The WWE has been trying to help John’s acting career take off, and this time, it seems to be working. Thanks to Cena’s continued exposure on Raw and the growing fan base thanks to social media, it seems that his career may finally take off soon. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if he was starring as the leading man in the next year or two.
2. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose joined the WWE in 2011, but he had a successful wrestling career previously under the name Jon Moxley. Dean Ambrose has headlined numerous pay-per-view events, making him a hot seller in the company. He made his acting debut in 2015 in the WWE movie 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown. His consistent performances and popularity make him a strong contender to eventually break into Hollywood at anytime. Drawing comparisons to one of the greatest stars to ever lace up his boots, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, definitely helps his case.
1. The Miz
Michael Gregory Mizanin, also known as “The Miz” is a professional wrestler with the WWE. He got his start in entertainment as a cast member for MTV’s The Real World: Back to New York as well as the Real World/Road Rules Challenge in 2001. He was also a contestant for the WWE reality show, Tough Enough which awarded a WWE contract to the winner, and Mizanin was first runner-up. His acting credentials currently include the hit TV show Psych and a starring role in the WWE film The Marine 3: Homefront. He has movie star talent, even going as far as having a Hollywood actor gimmick. The road ahead is bright for this wrestler.