WWE Films: 7 Superstars Who Could Have Great Acting Careers
With a big portion of the Pro Wrestling business being based around storytelling, it comes as no surprise that many wrestlers have appeared in film and television roles.
Some of these appearances are clearly better than others, but with wrestlers having experience acting as well as having a high level of physicality, it makes them perfect for tough-guy roles.
Guys like The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper are no strangers to the Hollywood system. They have managed to create another source of income without destroying their bodies hundreds of nights each year.
Today's WWE is filled with great talents who have begun to pop up here and there in films. John Cena has had a few starring roles in WWE films, and Edge has moved into acting with a stint on the SyFy show Haven, which will see Edge return for season three as was confirmed by writers Nora Zuckerman on her official Twitter..
In this slideshow we will take a look at seven WWE superstars who could have the dramatic and comedic skills to go far in Lala-land.
Many WWE stars have already starred as main characters in feature films, but this list will focus on those with little to no acting experience outside the ring.
Wade Barrett is someone who I have always felt would make a great actor.
He is charismatic, intelligent and has the look any filmmaker would want in a tough guy. His size and demeanor certainly fit the bill.
He is already scheduled to make a small appearance in the upcoming film Dead Man Down, starring Colin Farrell, but I think he could be the next crossover star.
He reminds me of Vinnie Jones in some ways because they both have that British tough-guy persona and both would have started out as athletes and then moved on to Hollywood.
Cody Rhodes got his feet wet with a guest appearance on Warehouse 13, a role which left him open for more appearances in the future.
He appeared as a love interest for one of the female Warehouse agents, Myka, and his short stint showed that he is more than just a guy who can play a jerk in the ring.
His role was that of a sincere adult who had simply wanted to get closer to Myka without realizing her body was being inhabited by her partner, Pete.
He has the looks and physical conditioning to play heartthrob roles or action roles, and we have seen over the past few years how he has a knack for playing the bad guy.
If Rhodes were to ever get his own WWE film while he is still employed, it would be one I might actually consider seeing.
Eve Torres went from being the typical baby-faced Diva to being one of the most manipulative, selfish heel Divas in the industry today, and she did it very well.
Her storyline involving Zack Ryder and John Cena that ended in her alliance with John Laurinaitis really opened a lot of people's eyes to the talent this woman has.
Talent is a great thing to have when you are also as gorgeous as the one-time Divas Search contestant.
Eve could play the role of an evil woman exceedingly well. Hopefully someday a casting director decides to give her that chance.
CM Punk is known for two things these days: being an incredible wrestler and being someone who commands attention when he holds a mic.
Being covered in tattoos may limit some of his acting options, but it also opens the door for some opportunities that a bare-skinned person may not get.
CM Punk is the type of person who could easily play the good- or bad-guy role. One show that he would probably fit right in with is Sons of Anarchy.
Not just because of his tats, but because the show is known for pushing the envelope, and so is CM Punk.
Alberto Del Rio
Demian Bichir is probably lucky the casting director for Weeds did not know about Alberto Del Rio first.
Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration. Bichir was incredibly entertaining, but Alberto Del Rio is the type of guy who could fill the same roles as Bichir.
He is articulate, well-spoken in both English and Spanish and he has the right look to be a recognizable face in the film/television industry.
Del Rio has always stuck out to me because he seems to have a control over his speech that many superstars would be wise to study.
I would say that he would probably be type-cast most of the time, but most actors have to start by taking the roles they can get, not the roles they want.
Chris Jericho is no stranger to both the big- and small-screen roles, but he has never had his own vehicle to show off his full ability.
He has been the host of a game show, competed on a dancing show and has a couple of film appearances under his belt already.
Jericho is one of the best talkers in the WWE today. That kind of ability is what took The Rock to Hollywood and made him a star.
Jericho is a musician, wrestler, writer and actor, but that last one could be much more prevalent if he wanted it to be.
William Regal is one of the most talented men to ever lace up a pair of boots, but he is also extremely entertaining when he wants to be.
Whether he is playing the vicious heel or the comedic baby face, he is always performing at a high level.
We have seen Regal do everything from kissing Vince McMahon's butt to making CM Punk tap out to the Regal Stretch.
This man has the ability to make anything he does seem believable, a valuable talent to have if one is looking to move into an acting career.
William Regal would fit right into any drama or comedy because he does not resemble the typical wrestler. He is not some bodybuilder with a six pack.
He looks like a normal guy when he wears a suit. This may offer him more opportunities since there tend to be more roles for normal guys in films than for guys who resemble the Terminator.
Thanks for reading. If you feel you know of another superstar who would make a great actor, please shore your thoughts below.