World Wrestling Entertainment is usually desperate for mainstream attention, and one of their easiest and favorite ways to achieve that attention is by inviting special celebrity guests into the ring. From Mike Tyson to Donald Trump in WWE, and Andy Kaufman to Dennis Rodman outside of it, celebrities have been involved in some of the biggest matches in wrestling history. The WWE Hall of Fame even has a celebrity wing, showing just how highly they view this tradition. Typically, the celebrities who actually get in the ring are pretty big wrestling fans themselves, or they probably wouldn’t have signed on to the idea. At the same time, though, there are plenty of celebrities who are huge wrestling fans that WWE would never let into the ring.
In fairness, a few of these celebrities might just not want to get involved with wrestling, either for their health or any number of other reasons. Some might have some specific reasons they’d want to avoid WWE in particular. We’re simply pointing out it’s a point of public knowledge that these celebrities are at least some level of wrestling fan, and WWE seemingly has no interest in asking them to step into the ring. Not all of these celebrities are A-listers, but they all have a pretty big deal of name value as far as mainstream press is concerned, so WWE wouldn’t exactly hurt to have them show up on Raw. For reasons why they aren’t asking, you can tweet at the celebs or WWE and try your luck. All we can do is give you a list of 15 celebrity wrestling fans WWE will never allow inside a wrestling ring.
15 Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan is a singer and songwriter famous as the driving creative force behind Smashing Pumpkins. With his insular lyrics and heavy guitar riffs, Corgan spearheaded an era of disillusionment and helped revolutionize alternative rock, releasing several albums still considered classics to this day. Songs such as “1979” and “Cherub Rock” still get play on alternative rock radio and end up in dozens of best of the ‘90s list, and Corgan’s guitar work and songwriting were the biggest part of the puzzle behind the group’s success. Corgan is also a hardcore wrestling fan, and we mean that in more ways than one.
14 Bob Mould
Bob Mould has plenty in common with Billy Corgan, only he followed the same strange career path about a decade earlier than he did. Mould was one of the singers and songwriters behind the legendary ‘80s punk group Hüsker Dü. Hüsker Dü were one of the first bands to bridge the gap between punk and alternative, and it was Mould’s musicianship and personal heartfelt lyricism that lead to them standing out in a scene already filled to the brim with outstanding young musicians. In the ‘90s, Mould formed a group called Sugar, which wasn’t quite as groundbreaking, but still made important waves in the music scene. While his songs were inspiring disaffected youths, Mould himself was watching WCW.
13 Bill Burr
Bill Burr is a standup comedian and actor currently best known as the creator and star of the Netflix series F Is For Family. Burr has been acclaimed for his standup for over a decade, although he self-deprecatingly describes himself as “the loud guy in the bar.” Outside of his own show, Burr has also made appearances on such major TV shows as Breaking Bad, New Girl, and Kroll Show. Throughout it all, he’s also been the host of Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast, which he uses to muse on whatever enters his oft-abrasive and hilarious mind. One of the topics that occasionally passes through is professional wrestling.
12 Norm Macdonald
Norm Macdonald is a comedian and actor most famous for his time as the host of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live during the mid ‘90s. His acerbic, sarcastic, and ironic approach to comedy turned him into an instant cult figure, and subsequent success in films like Dirty Work and on his sitcom Norm proved he would carry a loyal and considerable audience anywhere he went. That audience rarely translated to massive mainstream success, but Norm definitely has his legion of fans, and his most ardent followers know that above all else, Norm is a huge sports fan. He might be more into the more traditional sports, but professional wrestling has definitely been part of his viewing schedule.
11 Rick Rubin
Rick Rubin isn’t necessarily an instantly recognizable figure, but he’s arguably one of the most important producers in music history. Rubin co-founded Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons, and at one point was the Co-President of Columbia Records. Rubin helped discover and popularize hip hop icons including the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Run-D.M.C. and he also was the first producer for pioneering metal groups like Slayer. Later in his career, Rubin branched out to other genres and became a superstar producer, working with names like Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, and Kanye West. Seemingly completely unrelated to his success, Rubin also claims few things in life inspired him more than professional wrestling.
10 Beastie Boys
One of Rick Rubin’s biggest success stories was the Beastie Boys. Beastie Boys formed in the early 1980s as a hardcore punk band, and quickly morphed into one of the most important groups in hip-hop history. Their debut full length album Licensed to Ill was the first rap album to reach the number one spot on the Billboard charts, and their following eight albums all stand as sterling examples of the best music of its style and era. Member MCA tragically passed away due to throat cancer in 2012, but Ad-Rock and Mike D live on. They’ve worked with the aforementioned Rubin since the start, and part of what brought them together is their shared and obsessive love of professional wrestling.
9 Kerry King of Slayer
Kerry King and his band Slayer are to thrash metal what the Beastie Boys were to rap. Slayer’s 1986 album Reign in Blood, also produced by Rick Rubin, redefined harshness and speed in the metal community and created an enduring reputation that stands today as one of the most hardcore and intense bands in music. Slayer have released 12 albums that all stand as testaments to the power of longevity and sticking with what works, and King himself has also made guest appearances on songs by groups like Beastie Boys, Pantera, Rob Zombie, and Sum 41. His love of wrestling inspired him throughout it all.
8 Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog is one of the most respected German filmmakers of all time. His classic films such as Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo examine the fragile relationship between man and nature, and the gradual descent into madness any man who attempts to take on nature seems to inevitably fall into. Werner has more recently become a pop culture figure for his thoughtful voice, narrating his documentaries and making guest appearances on popular cartoons. He also likes watching dudes body slam each other, and has more than once spoken about his love of WrestleMania.
7 Arsenio Hall
Arsenio Hall is an actor and comedian best known for his syndicated talk show. Arsenio’s energetic and colorful personality made him standout in a sea of white bread and cliché talk show hosts, and his gleeful enthusiasm often transferred to his guests to create some of the coolest and most unique talk show interviews of the era. His show briefly revived in 2013, but was quickly canceled due to low ratings. In film, Arsenio has repeatedly worked with Eddie Murphy, co-starring in Coming To America and Harlem Nights. Like many talk show hosts, Arsenio interviewed plenty of wrestlers, but his enthusiasm excelled past their usual fervor.
6 John Darnielle
John Darnielle is the primary member of the indie folk band The Mountain Goats. The Mountain Goats have released 15 albums since 1994, all receiving consistently high praise from critics and loyal cult fans, as well. Darnielle in particular is considered one of the greatest lyricists of his generation, with his deeply personal and emotional songs taking listeners on journeys into imaginative lives, some real and some fake. It may not be instantly apparent, but this somehow connects Darnielle to the world of sports entertainment.
5 Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is world renowned as probably the greatest songwriter of all time. Songs including “Like A Rolling Stone” and “Blowin’ In The Wind” are inexorably etched within the walls of popular culture, and albums like Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde remain starting points for any serious record collectors starting to get interested in the history of popular music. Dylan’s status as a cultural icon and historian was cemented as early as his second record was released in 1963, and it continues to grow ever stronger to this day as he continues his Never Ending Tour in the wake of his 37th album, Fallen Angels.
4 Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick is a standup comedian and a growing entertainment mogul, as the host of a variety of talk shows and the CEO of Nerdist Industries. Hardwick has turned the idea of being a massive fan of pop culture into a career of its own, embracing his brand as a nerd to host discussion shows about current TV hits including Talking Dead and Talking Bad. Hardwick’s comedic influences shine through on his late-night game show @midnight, where comedians compete to see who can make the best and fastest jokes about the Internet's famous topics of the day. Another thing nerds have been embracing these days is pro wrestling, and Hardwick is no different.
3 Ron Funches
Ron Funches is one of the funniest and fastest rising standup comedians in America. He holds the record for the most wins on @midnight, has written for Kroll Show and The Eric Andre Show and was a regular cast member on NBC’s Undateable for three seasons. Although his sitcom was recently canceled, Funches' star continues to be on the rise, with an upcoming role voicing a character in DreamWorks Trolls poised to raise his profile even further. Funches gleeful standup covers a range of nerdy and silly pop culture fascinations, and high on the list of his personal interests is professional wrestling.
2 Gillian Jacobs
Gillian Jacobs is a beautiful actress best known for her supporting role in NBC’s Community and her starring role on the current Netflix series Love. Jacobs has also made appearances on other major TV shows including Fringe, Girls, and Adventure Time, as well as starring in films like Walk of Shame and the upcoming Don’t Think Twice. Jacobs beauty and impeccable comic timing makes her a standout of everything she appears in, and her magnetic personality ensure her star will only continue to rise as she’s offered more and more films and TV shows.
1 Emma Stone
Emma Stone is quickly becoming one of the most respected comedic and dramatic film actresses of her generation. She’s already been nominated for an Academy Award for her supporting role in Birdman, and appearances in Superbad, The Help, and The Amazing Spider-Man are proving she is as versatile as she was prepared to enter the mainstream spotlight at a young age. Stone is taking on more and more projects as her celebrity rises, and has at least three films currently in the works. She might be a bit too busy to simply relax and enjoy the show these days, but she was certainly able to do so in 2011 when she and a slew of other celebrities casually attended WrestleMania 26.
Stone attended the event with Kieran Culkin, sitting directly behind the announce desk the entire night. She wasn’t the only celebrity in attendance, as some of her companions in the front row included actors Seth Green, Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, and Freddie Prinze, Jr. Out of that group, both Seth Green and Freddie Prinze have engaged in extended relationships with WWE, but none of the others were even mentioned on screen the night they stood inches away from the announcers. Given that snub, it seems impossible they’d ask Emma or any of the others to actually do something on camera.
Sources: Rolling Stone
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