With the recent news of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's casting as Doc Savage, it just proves that the former wrestler is one of the most sought after actors in the world right now. The world of professional wrestling is full of athletes who are well built and some of them are very imposing. Some of them carve out long careers for themselves while others turn to Hollywood. And some can do both, healthily balancing a career in the ring as well as out of the ring. We all know Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of the biggest actors in the world right now. We also know that "The Rock" is one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time. But you might not know about these superstars who have also dabbled at acting.
At 7 feet tall and 320 lbs, Kane is a menacing force within in the ring. Over his 20 year career, whether he was masked and unmasked, the Big Red Machine would literally walk through Hellfire and Brimstone to take his opponents down. The Demon Kane may be a monster in the ring, but did you know outside the ring, Glenn Jacobs has been called "one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet"? Not bad for a seven foot demon, huh? Well, thanks to his imposing size as well as WWE's own WWE Films, Kane was cast as Jacob Goodnight in the 2006 WWE produced horror film See No Evil. Although the film's reception wasn't very good, the film became a cult classic among horror fans and Jacob Goodnight was considered a horror icon. Kane followed it up with a guest appearance on an episode of Smallville in 2007, playing Titan and kicking Clark Kent's ass for a large portion of the episode. After that, he appeared in MacGruber in a minor role. But in 2014, Kane resurrected his most famous film role as the Soska sisters teamed up with WWE to produce See No Evil 2 - which was much better received. The film's success has led to speculation of a potential 3 No Evil (neat title). Kane also starred in WWE Films' most recent outing CountDown alongside Dolph Ziggler and Katharine Isabelle. Quite the resume for the Big Red Monster, perhaps he will move into acting once he retires.
The Undertaker may have amassed the greatest WWE career of all time: winning 7 World Championships, 6 Tag Team Championships and going 23-1 at WrestleMania (which included 21 consecutive victories known as "The Streak"). But did you know that over his 26 year WWE career, he has also dabbled in acting as well. Back in 1991, just after debuting in WWE, the Undertaker starred alongside wrestling megastar Hulk Hogan in Suburban Commando. 'Taker played Hutch, one of two imposing albeit comedic henchmen who tried to take down Hogan's Ramsey. He remained mute for most of the film until he uttered these ominous words. "You're a Dead Man Ramsey" sounds exactly like something the Undertaker would say, but it's the sheer hilarity of this moment and delivery that makes this comedy gold.
The Undertaker also appeared in the much more apt role of "The Soul Chaser" in a 1998 episode of Poltergeist: The Legacy. Dressed in a black garb almost identical to his WWE outfit at the time, the Deadman was right at home in front of the camera. An incredible episode indeed. Undertaker also lends his voice to a number of animated films, including The Flinstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown as well as the upcoming sequel Surf's Up 2: WaveMania. In WWE, he has put his body on the line so many times and proven that age is just a number. Perhaps just like his "brother" Kane, when the Phenom hangs up his hat and coat once and for all, he might have a future in Hollywood.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Just like the Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin is perhaps the most popular WWE superstar of all time. He dominated the sport between 1998-2003, going toe to toe with the best, including: Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Triple H, Kane and the Rock. But did you know that once he retired from WWE, the "Rattlesnake" became quite the action hero? Debuting in Hollywood in The Longest Yard, Austin would then go on to star in The Condemned alongside Vinnie Jones. With the name "Steve Austin" becoming quite well associated with action films, it wasn't long before he ended up in 2010's The Expendables alongside veteran action stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has since starred in action films Recoil alongside Danny Trejo and Maximum Conviction alongside Steven Seagal. He also appeared in Grown Ups 2. Austin has appeared in plenty films since his retirement and don't be surprised to see him continue to star in action films for many more years to come.
At 7 feet tall and over 400 pounds, the Big Show has earned the moniker, "The World's Largest Athlete". Having an amazing career that has spanned over two decades, Big Show can still even put on a great show today. His size and imposing presence has made him a commodity in the world of entertainment. One of his first appearances was as the large Santa in 1996's Jingle All the Way alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. Over his career, Big Show has starred in several of WWE Films' productions including: Knucklehead and last year's Vendetta alongside Dean Cain. Big Show is most certainly just as imposing on the big screen as he is in the ring.
One of the most popular WWE stars of today's generation, John Cena has been a huge part of WWE for the past decade. He is also one of the most dividing superstars. But whether you are one of the many who chants "Let's Go Cena!" or one of the other many who chant "Cena Sucks!", there's no denying he has done great things for the company. He also is constantly involved in the Make A Wish foundation, granting more wishes than anyone in history. However, he has also dabbled in acting. Perhaps best known for his role in The Marine, Cena has gone on to star in many WWE Films, including 12 Rounds and Legendary as well as providing voice-work in Scooby-Doo: WrestleMania Mystery, The Flinstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! and the upcoming Surf's Up 2: WaveMania. Lately, Cena is renowned for his supporting role in last year's Amy Schumer film Trainwreck. With a lot of injuries lately, many have wondered if Cena may be better to ease out of wrestling and movie into Hollywood. Either way, Cena is definitely going be sticking around on our screens.
If you're a professional wrestler, it seems as if you might have a future in Hollywood. This list is just five examples of wrestlers who have been successful in their sometimes occasional jumps to the big screen. But "The Rock" himself is proof. The big screen loves wrestlers too!