Wrestlers seem to have a habit of turning to acting these days. The Rock being the prime example that now has lead roles in Hollywood films under his belt - successful ones too. John Cena is coming up behind him having just received critical acclaim in the hit comedy Trainwreck. And who can forget Dave Batista as Drax in the smash Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy.
But roles for wrestlers haven’t always been that glamorous. There have been a multitude of cameos, TV appearances and commercials that have featured wrestlers (remember Randy Savage in a ‘Slim Jim’ commercial?) including Vader appearing on Boy Meets World and Mick Foley appearing as Mankind on 30 Rock. Even cartoons can’t escape the lure of the wrestler with Hulk Hogan appearing on the popular series American Dad.
It is always exciting to spot your favorite wrestler popping up on either the big or the small screen, but what if you miss it? What if you have never spotted them? Their part may be so small you don’t even notice it. Or maybe they are in costume. There are a multitude of reasons why you may have missed it, and why you can’t smell what the Rock is cooking.
Here we run through the top 10 film and TV cameos from some of the biggest wrestlers.
10 John Cena - Ready to Rumble
9 Kevin Nash - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Ooze
8 Kane - MacGruber
7 Undertaker - Suburban Commander
Suburban Commando is known for having wrestling star Hulk Hogan as the lead actor. But did you know that fellow wrestler The Undertaker also plays a small part as Hutch, one of two bounty hunters sent to go after the character Shep Ramsey, played by Hulk Hogan. Surburban Commando follows Shep Ramsey, a hero from another world that is unable to let a wrong go uncorrected. When he is injured in a fight, he hides out on Earth, leaving his powers behind. Unfortunately, old habits die hard and Ramsey starts getting into trouble trying to promote justice.
6 Rowdy Roddy Piper - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Rowdy Roddy is one of the early wrestlers beginning his career in the NWA in the 70s before making the transition to WWE in 1984. Having established his reputation in controversy, Rowdy Roddy offered much entertainment and was part of the reason the WWE became as popular as it did. Roddy got his first taste of acting back in 1978 in the Henry Winkler film The One and Only as Leatherneck Joe Brady. In the late 80s, Roddy began to take on more acting work, most famously in the John Carpenter film They Live.
5 Bret Hart – Simpsons
4 Big Show – Waterboy
3 Hulk Hogan – Gremlins 2
In 1978, the world of wrestling was introduced to 'Sterling Golden'. He then became 'Hulk,' and from there a wrestling legend was born. Beginning his wrestling career in the AWA in the early 80s, his acting career soon followed. In 1982 Hulk Hogan was cast in Rocky 3 as Thunderlips, a role that propelled him into he spotlight and with his move to the WWF he was part of the force that made wrestling as popular as it is today.
2 Big Show – Jingle All The Way
1 Randy Savage – Spiderman
Randy 'Macho Man' Savage burst onto the wrestling scene way back in 1973 as, ironically, 'The Spider'. During the 80s, the now-named Randy Savage (to match his fighting style) gained popularity and became a staple of the wrestling world. Savage was just as famous for his love life as he was for his wrestling. His on-again, off-again relationship with Miss Elizabeth is the most infamous wrestling relationship in history - a relationship that is no more. Savage's first taste of acting, if you don't count 1985's Island of a Thousand Dances, was in Dextor's Laboratory, the popular Cartoon Network series. Bit parts followed in various series and the wrestling based film Ready to Rumble. Then in 2002, Randy Savage scored the cameo part of Bone Saw McGraw in the first Spider-Man film. A variety of small roles followed up until 2009.
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