Professional wrestling and acting do tend to go somewhat hand in hand. The fact is, if you become a professional wrestler, you have to act (it is "fake" and wrestlers do assume character roles, after all) and therefore some basic performance talent is a pre-requisite of joining the industry as an in-ring participant.
With that in mind, it's no surprise that a number of wrestlers have gone on to act in the more traditional sense - in movies and on television. In fact, it's actually more of a surprise that more wrestlers haven't made a success of becoming actors - but the fact is that when wrestlers act, it generally doesn't work out.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the most notable exception, however. Johnson has forged a brilliant acting career for himself, starring in a number of blockbuster movies and making a name for himself as a modern action hero akin to the Schwarzeneggers and Stallones of yesteryear (though, as we'll find out in this article, not all of his movies have been something to be proud of). More often than not, however, wrestlers do themselves no favours when it comes to their acting roles.
In this article, we'll take a look at some of the productions that wrestlers have starred in that should give them red faces when they look back at them. Here are the ten most embarrassing acting roles taken by wrestlers.
10 Knucklehead (Big Show)
Since WWE moved into movie production with the formation of WWE Studios, the company has produced some really awful movies - none more so than 2010's Knucklehead. It's as lowbrow a comedy as you could ever wish to see and stars Big Show as the lead character - the titular knuckle-headed individual known as Walter Krunk.
9 Fred: The Movie (John Cena)
John Cena is undoubtedly the biggest star in the WWE at present - and the biggest star of the WWE this side of the new millennium - but his inevitable transition to acting has been far from great. Cena has appeared in a number of terrible movies - but none more terrible than Fred: The Movie.
8 The Punisher (Kevin Nash)
2004's The Punisher gets something of a bad rap. This is largely because it's uttered in the same breath as 1989's The Punisher starring Dolph Lundgren and 2008's Punisher: War Zone starring Ray Stevenson - both of which were terrible. However, Thomas Jane's version was actually pretty good - and it was this movie in which Kevin Nash featured opposite him as the villain known as The Russian.
7 Batman & Robin (Jeep Swenson)
Robert "Jeep" Swenson is undoubtedly the least well-known wrestler on this list, but the late star's career took him to WCW, where he was a part of the "Alliance to End Hulkamania" - a group that was formed to bring down Swenson's real-life friend Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea. He also starred as Bane in 1997's Batman and Robin.
6 Pro Wrestlers Vs Zombies (A Whole Bunch Of Wrestlers)
Anything with "vs zombies" in the title seems to be suitable for production in various media these days; Scouts, Cockneys, Plants and, from the mind of writer-director Cody Knotts, Pro Wrestlers, for example. Pro Wrestlers Vs Zombies is a 2013 movie in which a group of wrestlers - playing themselves - find themselves fending off the undead.
5 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (Chris Jericho)
Sharknado was bad and Sharknado 2: The Second One (which featured the aforementioned Kurt Angle, incidentally) was even worse but, for some reason, the Syfy flicks have proven to be quite popular (only due to how hilariously farcical they are, nothing more). However, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! was simply ridiculous and featured a certain Chris Jericho.
4 Suburban Commando (The Undertaker)
1991's Suburban Commando was an embarrassing enough experience for its star Hulk Hogan (it was awful). Hogan played Shep Ramsey - the titular intergalactic commando warrior on a quest to apprehend intergalactic despot General Suitor, after the latter had kidnapped the president of a distant planet. But spare a thought for Mark "The Undertaker" Calaway.
3 Avengers XXX: A P*rn Parody (Chyna)
And now for something a little different to the other entries on this list, as we delve into the world of adult entertainment. Joan Laurer made a name for herself in the world of wrestling as Chyna - the woman who could compete with men in the ring. Following her wrestling career, a sex tape was made public featuring her and former lover Sean Waltman AKA X-Pac. Due to its financial success, Laurer opted to become an adult actress.
2 Mr. Nanny (Hulk Hogan)
In spite of his recent racism row shame - which probably ensures he'll never be involved in top level sports entertainment again - Hulk Hogan AKA Terry Bollea remains the most well-known professional wrestler of all time. As a result, he has indeed branched out into the world of acting - but his acting career is anything but stellar.
1 The Tooth Fairy (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson)
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is, without a doubt, the wrestler whose acting career is the most successful. Having made his modest acting debut in the 2000 teen film Longshot, he has gone on to forge a career as an action star on the same level as the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone.
His movie credits include The Scorpion King, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and four of the Fast and the Furious movies - which makes his decision to star in 2010's Tooth Fairy somewhat baffling. The movie saw him being magically compelled to serve as a tooth fairy - a role that saw him growing fairy wings, donning a little pink outfit and sprinkling "amnesia dust."
Sources: IMDB, Wikipedia.
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