Spoiler alert to anybody who hasn't seen wrestling yet... it's fake. Absolutely, totally, and completely fake. I'm not knocking wrestling - I think it's awesome, but you could legitimately say that the wrestlers involved with the WWE and formerly the WWF/WCW/etc are really brilliant actors. In fact, many of them try their luck in Hollywood as real life actors.
Obviously, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has had the most success, but many more have taken their talents to the big screen as well. So, without further adieu, these are my top 5 wrestlers who became actors outside of the ring.
5. John Cena - John Cena
They say it takes dedicating 10,000 hours to something to become a pro at it, and let's just say I'm not sure John Cena has logged that many hours for rapping OR acting (although he does both professionally). He definitely is a pro at body building and wrestling though.
He's got a role coming up in Judd Apatow's next movie, [Trainwreck](movie:1187610) (hopefully, it doesn't live up to its name in the box office). He was in The Marine, 12 Rounds, and The Reunion. He also played "Fred's Dad" in the three Fred movies, which were... interesting.
Remember this dude? Yep, Fred.
4. Hulk Hogan - Terry Gene Bollea (yeah, that's his real name)
Hulk Hogan is one of those guys who seems like he's in a lot of movies (maybe it's because they used to call him Hollywood Hogan), but he really isn't in all that many. He had a reality show though, and starred in Suburban Commando and No Holds Barred. They were both kind of bad, but don't tell that to Hulk. He might snap you in half. His most defining role is probably in Muppets From Space, to be completely honest.
He has built a persona that transcends the ring. He's had a lot of endorsements for products, using his All-American tough guy shtick at all times. He's Hulk Hogan, "brother."
3. Stone Cold - Steve Austin
Steve Austin has landed himself pretty firmly on the B-List as far as acting goes. He appeared in Machete, which I actually really enjoyed. He was in the first Expendables movie and a ton of relatively low-brow action flicks. He also has a podcast that I haven't listened to but already know is insane. He's another guy like Hulk Hogan, who has name recognition but really hasn't had that big breakout acting role yet.
2. Batista - Dave Bautista
You most recently saw him as Drax the Destroyer in [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073), which was his potential breakthrough role, but he also had parts in Scorpion King 3, Riddick, and The Man With The Iron Fists. Like many fellow wrestlers, he has come back to wrestling since Guardians.
Guardians of the Galaxy was possibly the best movie of the year, as you all have been voting in our bracket, and Bautista's character Drax was pivotal to the movie's success. I'm not saying he's going to be on The Rock's level as far as landing leading roles, but I wouldn't be surprised at some more scripts coming his way.
1. The Rock - Dwayne Johnson
This really should come as no surprise. He's The Rock. He's done comedies, dramas, action, and he even went out on a limb and did this:
The Tooth Fairy, one of the most confusing movie ideas I think I've ever heard of. I think there's something there... the idea of the tooth fairy in a movie is interesting, but whoever decided The Rock was the right person for it was misguided to say the least. The very least.
[Hercules](movie:365390) could have done better in the box office, but it was still a blockbuster. Johnson has been in some classics and next up he'll be in [San Andreas](movie:407579), and of course, [Furious 7](movie:264263). I expect both to be solid, and at this rate, we might see The Rock in some Oscar-quality films next. If a movie calls for an incredibly jacked handsome dude, there's a shot for Dwayne. Who knows, maybe he'll pull a Christian Bale-esque body transformation or something.