7 Wrestling superstars who made it in Hollywood

Wrestling has long been a captivating form of entertainment, with its larger-than-life characters, intense rivalries, and high-octane action. Over the years, many wrestling superstars have successfully made the leap from the squared circle to the silver screen, leveraging their charisma, physical prowess, and natural storytelling abilities to carve out careers in Hollywood. These wrestlers-turned-actors have starred in a wide range of film and television projects, showcasing their versatility and talent both in and out of the ring.

In this list, we take a closer look at seven wrestling superstars who have made a successful transition to Hollywood. From action-packed blockbusters to critically acclaimed dramas, these performers have proven that they have what it takes to make it big in Tinseltown, breaking down barriers and opening doors for future generations of wrestlers looking to follow in their footsteps. So, buckle up and get ready for a thrilling journey through the careers of these extraordinary athletes who have conquered both the wrestling world and the entertainment industry.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Arguably the most successful wrestler-turned-actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become one of the biggest movie stars in the world. He has starred in numerous blockbuster films, including the “Fast & Furious” franchise, “Jumanji” series, and “San Andreas.” The Rock’s undeniable charisma and talent have made him a household name beyond the world of wrestling – although to fans of WWE he will always be the one, the only, The Rock!

(L-R) Jon Bass plays Ronnie, Alex Daddario plays Summer, Zac Efron plays Matt Brody, Dwayne Johnson plays Mitch Buchannon, Kelly Rohrbach plays CJ Parker, and Ilfenesh Hadera plays Stephanie Holden in BAYWATCH; the film by Paramount Pictures

John Cena

Following in The Rock’s footsteps, John Cena has successfully transitioned from wrestling to Hollywood. He has appeared in various films, including “Trainwreck,” “Bumblebee,” and “The Suicide Squad.” Cena’s combination of comedic timing and action-hero prowess has made him a versatile actor in Hollywood and a big go-to star. That’s a smackdown!

Team Peaceamaker faces the Butterfly invasion on their mission to eliminate the alien cow in the epic, rocking season finale!

Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista, known as Batista in the wrestling world, has made a significant impact in Hollywood, especially with his role as Drax in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” series. Bautista has also starred in films like “Blade Runner 2049” and “Spectre,” showcasing his range as an actor.

A hardened CIA operative finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family.

Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan was one of the first wrestlers to make a successful transition to Hollywood, starring in movies like “No Holds Barred,” “Suburban Commando,” and “Mr. Nanny.” Although Hogan’s acting career has not perhaps reached the same heights as some of his peers, his early success helped pave the way for other wrestlers to enter the world of acting and made the path one that was followed time and again.

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper

The late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper made a name for himself in Hollywood with his iconic role in John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi film, “They Live.” Piper’s memorable performance showcased his acting abilities and helped to establish him as a cult film favourite.

Kevin Nash

Kevin Nash, best known for his wrestling career in WWE and WCW, has appeared in several movies, including “Magic Mike,” “The Punisher,” and “John Wick.” Nash’s imposing physical presence and acting chops have led to a steady career in Hollywood.

(L-r) ADAM RODRIGUEZ as Tito, KEVIN NASH as Tarzan, CHANNING TATUM as Mike, and MATT BOMER as Ken in Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic comedy “MAGIC MIKE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Claudette Barius

Stone Cold Steve Austin

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin may be best known for his legendary wrestling career, but he has also found success in Hollywood. Austin has starred in various action films, such as “The Condemned,” “The Expendables,” and “Damage.” While Austin’s acting career has primarily focused on the action genre, his performances have been well-received by fans. That’s a three count for us!

The Package, Unit Stills, Steve Austin as Tommy Wick, © 2012 Package Movie Productions LLC. All rights reserved.

These seven wrestling superstars have proven that the skills and charisma they honed in the ring can translate to successful careers in Hollywood. Their accomplishments in both wrestling and acting have not only entertained millions of fans but also paved the way for future generations of wrestlers to explore opportunities beyond the squared circle.