I'm back guys! Today, I want to rank the top 5 most successful mainstream WWE superstars if all time.
By mainstream, I mean WWE superstars who gained notoriety in other endeavors (film, music, etc.) and who become well-known to non-wrestling fans as well. Let me know what you guys think as well.
With that said, here we go!
Hands down, the only WWE superstar that can sing and wrestle. Jericho has come a long way from being a cruiser weight in WCW.
He's appeared on numerous talk shows such as Lopez Tonight, Jimmy Fallon, Larry King Live multiple times etc. Outside the ring, he has a very likable charisma and personality which in my opinion rivals that of The Rock.
He's well known in rock music world with his band Fozzy that still perform all over the world, and he is also set to host The Golden God Awards.
John Cena has also done a good job in not only getting the WWE out there, but himself as well. Love him or hate him, wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans alike know who he is.
Although he's not the most successful wrestler turned actor, he's only in his early thirties and there's no telling what the future may hold for him.
What else can be said about this guy that hasn't been said already? I was in attendance at the 2008 WWE Hall of Fame when Ric flair said to his face that he's the "biggest star in the history of the WWE," and it's true. He's using that to crossover to film and TV.
He's made a wise decision to distance himself from the WWE just like The Rock did in order to get his name out there. Even though he's made two films already (The Condemned and Damage), I would have to say his first breakthrough film may be the star-studded Expendables.
He's stated himself that he's still in the learning process when it comes to acting so we'll just have to wait and see what the film future holds for the rattlesnake.
If there was no Hulk Hogan in the 80's, the WWE wouldn't be where it is today. Hulk Hogan along with Vince McMahon turned wrestling into the mainstream phenomenon that it is today.
It's sad that most of the publicity that Hogan got in the previous years was negative due to his personal life and his stand in his son's car accident.
Still, Hulk Hogan has cemented his legacy as a pop culture icon along with names like Michael Jackson, Elvis etc.
Still in his thirties, The Rock left the WWE at the peak of his career 10 years ago to pursue acting and he's still going strong, doing what many wrestlers before him tried to do but failed.
As I stated in my previous article, he's the only WWE superstar (past or present) to have attended the Academy Awards. How many wrestlers are out there that have headlined Wrestlemania, the grandest stage in wrestling, and presented at the Academy Awards, the grandest stage in film? Nobody!
The Rock hasn't even peaked in Hollywood yet. Don't worry though wrestling fans, I for one cannot wait for him to guest host Raw this summer in what is sure to be the most anticipated return in WWE history.