Wrestling is rather an entertainment than a sport, for the acting we see inside the ring is quite close that we see on screen. The muscular build up of wrestlers mostly lands them in action roles but let me say that they can play emotional part too. Many wrestlers had tried their hands on with acting but only few of them grabbed a major role in movies. Those who didn’t cracked the egg had to settle down with television series, low budget movies. Some of them had to opt for an additional career option along with like rapper, businessman and so on.
Which wrestler turned out to be a good performer? Who is the most generously compensated artist among them? Who appeared in prominent movies earning a lead role? Here are the five professional wrestlers who turned out to be movie stars:
1. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin, the rattlesnake began with a couple of movies that appeared on the large screen. It appears that he had to wait for big break until which he has to settle on straight-to-DVD fleeting trend. His best film was doubtlessly the jail officer he played in Adam Sandlers’ “The Longest Yard”. His filmography incorporates The Longest Yard (2005), The Condemned (2007) , Damage (2009), The Stranger (2010), The Expendables, Hunt to Kill, Knockout (2011), Tactical Force, Recoil Ryan, Maximum Conviction (2012), The Package and Grown Ups 2 (2013).
2. Triple H aka Paul Levesque
Paul Michael Levesque A.K.A Triple H had several nicknames in wrestling profession like The Game, The King of Kings, The Connecticut Blue Blood and The Cerebral Assassin. This Grand Slam Champion is also known for putting together the hardest battles WWE has ever seen. Currently working as Executive Vice President in WWE, Triple H appeared in few Hollywood movies among which Blade : Trinity is his successful film.
3. John Cena
John Cena is a very popular name in the world of wrestling. He is a standout among the most prevalent wrestlers to ever hit WWE, which might be an intense proclamation given the size and history of the WWE. Apart from being a wrestler John is also a rapper, an actor and a television host. There are several movies in which he shown his acting talent. Cena is best known for his role of Detective Danny Fisher in movie 12 Rounds.
4. Dave Bautista
An American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist Dave Bautista had an enthralling career in wrestling. He won 6 World Championship titles along with many accolades in his kitty. His acting journey started with Relative Strangers (2006) in which he did a cameo role. After featuring in few Direct-to-DVD flicks, Batista as widely known played a role of Brass Body in The Man with the Iron Fists (2012). He played Diaz in Riddick (2013) and Drax The Destroyer in Guardians of Galaxy (2014). Apart from that, we witnessed his screen appearances in Riddick (2013), Spectre (2015) and Heist (Cox). His next movies include second part of both Guardians of Galaxy and Kickboxer franchises.
5. The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson
The Rock is one of the most successful wrestlers who is now considered a well-known name as an A-listed actors in Hollywood. Without a doubt he is the most zapping star in sport entertainment. His movie profession exceeds other WWE wrestler’s filmography by miles. He made his large screen debut in The Mummy Returns, which was so generally welcomed that it prompted a prequel film revolving around his character, The Scorpion King. For this film, he was recorded in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records as the most generously compensated performer in his first featuring part, getting $5.5 million for the movie. Obviously, this open door kick started his movie vocation to the maximum. Dwayne Johnson is also a prominent part in Fast and Furious franchise featuring in last 3 of its movies and altogether appearing in the 8th installment which is about to release in 2017.
There are several other names which we could have picked up in this list but we had tried our best to select a famous few. The others who could have been included in this list are Goldberg who featured in the Universal Soldier reboot and The Longest Yard, Hulk Hogan, who acted in a couple of motion pictures and become famous as Thunderlips in Rocky III.