The entertainment business is a difficult one that many dream of being a part of but fail to ever achieve. It is a competitive business that not everyone is cut out to be part of, many will go to great lengths just for the chance at fame, because as we all know fame brings fortune.
There are many avenues to take for one to become famous; most people's first thought is becoming an actor or singer, as those two professions are the most profitable for fame. However, there is one profession that many seem to forget about (that produced some monster celebrities), and that is in the WWE. Becoming a WWE superstar has worked wonders for many to become noticed to mainstream media. Many have used WWE as a platform to venture off in other forms of entertainment, whether it be in movies, TV shows or music, it all started with this foundation.
Although getting fame from WWE can also have its difficulties, many are labeled because of their previous relationships with the company. Many are frowned upon because their success is only related to where they started. All the entries on this list have worked for WWE in some capacity and all have made a name for themselves outside of the ring. Some argue that these 12 former WWE stars used the WWE as a platform for fame. Who are they? Let's find out.
12 Stacy Keibler
11 Johnathan Coachman
10 10.Torrie Wilson
9 Chris Jericho
8 Jesse Ventura
7 CM Punk
6 Hulk Hogan
4 The Miz
3 Brock Lesnar
2 Eva Marie
These days, fans aren’t really welcoming the idea of seeing Batista in the ring, prompting them to nickname him “Bootista”. At one time, Batista was a fan favorite and one of the top guys in the industry. His career includes being a six time World Champion, three time Tag Team Champion, and two time Royal Rumble winner. All his achievements will likely get him into the WWE Hall of Fame one day. In 2010, Batista left wrestling to pursue different endeavors. He had a short run in MMA, only fighting once and picking up the victory. Batista would then go on to pursue an acting career, getting little notoriety in The Man with the Iron Fist. Batista would get celebrity status in his next film by staring in the box office hit Guardians of the Galaxy, and to the surprise of many he was very good in playing his role. This lead to another huge role in the James Bond Film, Spectre. If it wasn’t for WWE, Batista would have never had the popularity he did going into the film industry.
Sources: cinemablend.com, eonline.com, mmafighting.com
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