WWE unveiled their own state of the art Performance Centre a few years ago which is where a number of up and coming superstars are able to earn their craft. They can also take regular acting lessons to improve when it comes to building their character and cutting promos on national TV. Given just how many hoops superstars are forced to jump through nowadays before they are given a chance on WWE TV, it comes as no surprise that there are a number of wrestlers who have been given the opportunity to appear on some of the biggest TV shows of the past few years.
Of course, the Performance Centre hasn’t always been there. Before it was established there were many wrestlers who appeared in cameos on some of the most popular TV shows that many of the WWE Universe are probably not aware of.
Some of these wrestlers have been able to maintain strong links with the acting world and make a career out of it as well after their appearance was met with positivity. Even though there are many wrestlers who have switched into acting over the past few years, there are many who have made appearances in TV series that have been overlooked or forgotten in recent years. The following list looks at 15 of the best cameos that have been made by WWE superstars over the past few decade. Some have been forgotten and some cameos the WWE Universe wasn’t aware happened in the first place.
15. Edge – Vikings
Ever since former 11-time WWE Champion Edge retired from professional wrestling back in 2011, it seems that The Rated R Superstar has been able to move into a career on the small screen instead. Edge started out by appearing in a recurring role on Sanctuary back in 2011, before moving on to become one of the main cast members on Haven.
He later appeared on popular DC-based show The Flash back in 2015 as Atom Smasher before he was seen in a cameo appearance on Private Eyes later that year. Since Haven came to an end back in 2015 it seems that Edge has been floating around the acting world until he was cast in Vikings back in 2016 as Kjetill Flatnose, a part that kept him on the show for four episodes last year. It seems that his appearance in season five of the critically acclaimed show was received with mixed reviews, but proves that the former Champion has successfully made the switch in careers.
14. Rob Van Dam – The X-Files
Rob Van Dam is a former WWE and ECW Champion but he hasn’t appeared on WWE TV in more than four years, instead opting to remain on the Independent Circuit, telling WWE that he will only be open to a return if the company has a serious storyline for him.
RVD is still one of the most popular wrestlers of the 1990s and it seems that he has been able to appear in a number of TV shows over the past few years just to strengthen his already impressive acting ability. In 1995, he appeared in Superfights before being seen in Bloodmoon two years later. The then appeared in an episode of City Guys back in 1999 before being spotted in 18 Wheels of Justice the following year. Back in 2000 he also appeared as Robert Laramie in The X-Files as part of an episode called “Fight Club.” RVD has quite the acting resume outside of the squared circle but his achievements in the ring seem to dwarf this in comparison.
13. Triple H – The Drew Carey Show
Triple H is one of the biggest names in WWE right now after being part of the company for more than two decades and currently being seen as the COO. While Triple H is a 14-time World Champion inside the ring, it seems that he is another wrestler who has been able to show off his acting skills over the past few years.
The Game starred as the main character in the film The Chaperone back in 2011, which came after his shock appearance in Blade: Trinity more than six years earlier. It seems that he got a taste for the business back in 1998 when he first made a cameo appearance as himself in Pacific Blue. Later that year he was seen as The Disciplinarian on The Drew Carey Show, which was a popular 1990s sitcom that centred around the work and home life of “everyman” Drew Carey.
12. Bret Hart – The Simpsons
Bret “The Hitman” Hart will always be seen as “The best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be” when it comes to his talents inside a wrestling ring, but even the WWE Hall of Famer has his own resume when it comes to the acting world.
He first made the switch back in 1994 when he played a prison inmate in Natural Born Killers, but this wasn’t used in the final edit of the show. Later that year he was seen in Lonesome Dove: The Series where he played Luther Root, before he appeared in a guest spot on The Simpsons back in 1997 where he voiced himself in the episode “The Old Man and The Lisa.” He has since been seen in a number of other TV series including Honey I Shrunk The Kids, The Adventures of Sinbad and Jacob Two-Two over throughout his career.
11. The Rock – Cory In The House
The Rock is perhaps one of the biggest wrestlers in the history of the company to have been able to make the switch over to the acting world and become a huge star. The Rock followed in the footsteps of Hulk Hogan, but managed to become a much bigger star than The Immortal One and is now one of the biggest stars that WWE has ever created.
Of course, The Rock hasn’t always been the star he is today, but it does open a lot of doors for him when it comes to making celebrity cameos on TV shows. Back in 2007 Dwayne Johnson appeared in The Game Plan alongside Madison Pettis, someone who had only previously been seen in Cory in The House on The Disney Channel. It seems that The Rock decided to follow his co-star back to her regular show and even made a cameo appearance as himself in the episode “Don’t Stop Til You Get The Phone.”
10. Sting – Walker, Texas Ranger
Sting‘s wrestling career came to an end almost two years ago at the 2016 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, when The Icon announced that he was retiring from the sport that he had been part of for more than three decades.
It seems that Sting will be better remembered for his time in WCW and TNA rather than his short stint in WWE, but it seems that he has also had a number of memorable appearances on TV shows over the past few years as well. He first appeared in syndicated TV show Super Force back in 1991, before being cast alongside Hulk Hogan in three episodes of Thunder in Paradise back in 1999. He then made a guest appearance as a biker called Grangus on Walker, Texas Ranger as part of the episode “Unsafe Speed” later that year. Sting was also known for his appearance in Ready To Rumble as himself back in 2000.
9. John Cena – Hannah Montana
John Cena could be set to make history this year when he becomes a 17-time World Champion, but it seems that over the past few years Cena has become a part-time superstar in WWE as he struggles to juggle all of his commitments outside of WWE as well.
It seems that Cena has been acting now for more than a decade and the more well-known he has become, the more he has been able to pop up in other TV shows to make shocking cameo appearances. Back in 2010 after Cena has appeared in popular kids show Fred: The Movie he was able to make a short cameo on Hannah Montana, which was considered to be one of the most popular teen shows of that era, as well as the show that made Miley Cyrus a star. Cena appeared as himself in the episode “Love That Let’s Go” and as part of the episode, he appears out of a magazine and tries to force Hannah’s brother Jackson to read a book.
8. Ashley Massaro – Smallville
Ashley Massaro won the 2005 Raw Diva Search and made her way onto the Raw roster where she became one of the main women for a number of months. Despite the fact that she appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine back in 2007 and at WrestleMania later that year, Ashley requested her release and was granted it back in 2008 and has since dropped off the radar.
While Ashley was still part of WWE earlier in 2007 she appeared alongside fellow wrestler Kane in an episode of Smallville. In the episode, Ashley was up against Lois Lane as part of one of the episodes in season six of the show. While Kane was seen as a legitimate threat to Superman as his character, it seems that Ashley wasn’t able to make the same kind of statement but was able to throw down some moves and Superman’s wife ultimately lost.
7. Booker T – Charmed
Booker T will be known to the current generation as the voice of Monday Night Raw alongside Michael Cole and Corey Graves, but before he was placed behind a desk he was one of the most interesting superstars of the past decade.
Booker wasn’t just entertaining in a WWE ring either. It seems that he took his natural charisma over to the acting world as well. Booker made a shock cameo appearance in supernatural TV show Charmed back in 2000, alongside Buff Bagwell and Scott Steiner. The trio appeared in a wrestling based episode of the show called “Wrestling with Demons” where they were able to wrestle with the three main characters of the show inside a wrestling ring. The show was about three witches and the trio played the demons who were sent to fight them. Needless to say, despite the size and strength advantage, they didn’t manage to win.
6. Vader – Boy Meets World
Vader was one of the best liked WWE stars of his era. Not only was he a monstrous force to be reckoned with, but he was also seen as a big guy that could pull off high flying moves like moonsaults and dropkicks. Vader hasn’t been in the best of health recently as a lengthy career in the business has begun to catch up with him.
Even though Vader is best known for his ability in the squared circle, at the height of his fame he was also able to branch out and make a number of appearances as part of TV shows. One of his most famous was Boy Meets World where he appeared in four different episodes between 1995 and 1996 called The Thrilla’ in Phila,” “New Friends and Old,” and “Sixteen Candles and Four-Hundred-Pound Men.” Later that year he also had a small role in Baywatch as himself in the episode called “Bash at the Beach.”
5. Lita – Dark Angel
Lita hasn’t wrestled in WWE for more than a decade but she is still considered to be one of the biggest legends that WWE ever created. She paved the way for much of the history that the women of the company are currently being able to create. Not only is Lita a former four-time Women’s Champion, but she is also a legitimately tough woman outside of the ring, which was proved by her cameo on Dark Angel back in 2002.
Lita portrayed a character called Thula on the show, which was filmed while she was recovering from a broken neck, which didn’t prevent her from performing her own stunts as her character went toe-to-toe with main cast member Jessica Alba. Lita made quite the statement in the show, but since retirement, it seems that she hasn’t decided to pursue a career as an actress like so many other former wrestlers.
4. Billy Gunn – Sabrina The Teenage Witch
Billy Gunn was most recently seen on WWE as one half of The New Age Outlaws, even though the group decided to walk away from the company once again back in 2015. Gunn has quite a storied wrestling history given that he’s close friends with WWE COO Triple H, which could have helped him throughout the past few years.
As well as making waves in the 1990s as a member of D-Generation X, Gunn also tried his hand at acting when he appeared on Sabrina The Teenage Witch back in 2000, which was one of the most popular shows on TV at that time. Unlike many wrestlers at that time, Gunn didn’t appear as himself instead he was seen as a character called Xavier “The Avenger” Prescott in the episode “Salem’s Daughter.” This was the only cameo Gunn made in more than 10 years before he went on to appear in The Other Guys back in 2010.
3. The Undertaker – Poltergeist, The Legacy
It’s incredible that Undertaker has had time over the past few decades to do anything but wrestle given the fact that he has been pushed as one of their biggest stars almost ever since his debut. While Undertaker has been busy inside the ring becoming a former World Champion and creating a streak at WrestleMania, it seems that he has also been busy outside of it.
Undertaker has made a number of cameo appearances over the past few years but most of these have been as himself. When he appeared on Poltergeist, The Legacy back in 1999, it was a nice chance to see The Deadman portraying a different character. Undertaker played the role as a Soul Demon Chaser in two episodes of the show. Later that year he also appeared in Downtown as himself in one episode. Undertaker is perhaps best known for his appearance in Suburban Commando back in 1991, but he hasn’t been able to get a role on that level since.
2. The Miz – Psych
The Miz has made a career out of being seen as a star both inside and outside of WWE. He has the perfect gimmick for someone who has been in a number of films outside of WWE and it seems to work much better for The Miz when it comes to the fact that none of his movies have done very well. Miz is a former World Champion and considered to be one of the best heels in the company right now, which could be why he has been offered a number of TV show roles recently.
The Miz appeared on detective/comedy show Psych back in 2012 as Mario in the episode entitled “Shawn and The Real Girl.” While Miz has been in a number of shows as himself he has only appeared in a select few as a character. These include cameos on popular shows like Sirens and Supernatural in recent years.
1. The Hardyz – That ’70s Show
Matt and Jeff Hardy are two of the most popular stars to have ever set foot in a wrestling ring, over the past two years the brothers have had the wrestling world on lockdown and recently returned to WWE to reclaim the Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania last year back in April.
It seems that Matt and Jeff’s incredible acting ability from their recent run in Impact Wrestling is something that the two have been working on for a number of years. Back in 1999, they appeared as uncredited wrestlers on That ’70s Show as part of the episode entitled “That Wrestling show.” The episode sees the main members of the cast attend a wrestling show and also includes cameos from The Rock and Ken Shamrock. Incredibly, the duo has never made a serious step into the acting business, since acting has been their main focus for the best part of their lives.
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