WWE: 10 Superstars and Their Hollywood Counterparts
This is intended just to be a fun article without a lot of analysis and explanation. Sitting around on a boring Saturday, I tried to think about if these superstars went to Hollywood, which celebrity would they most resemble? This isn't a physical resemblance, but rather a career resemblance and the explanation as to why I think they are a certain celebrity.
I know some of the wrestlers have made movies and other television appearances, but this is just one man's opinion. As always, leave your opinions, and if you feel I mismatched on the celebrity, let me know.
Quick Facts: 2006 Royal Rumble Champion, Former World Heavyweight Champion, Multiple Tag Team Titles
Celebrity he is most like: Kevin James
Reason: Both Mysterio and Kevin James have moments that get you excited and leave you wanting more, but at the same time, nobody considers them to be at the top of their game. Each time Mysterio comes out, it is a nice change from the usual big guy wrestling. But nobody is all that excited when Mysterio wins a championship. Because of this, Mysterio is limited in his title reigns. Remember just a few short weeks ago when he had it for a small time before Cena won it back.
The previews of all of the films of Kevin James make you think that it is going to be fantastic, but then when you watch it, you realize that you have probably wasted a couple of hours of your life. Paul Blart: Mall Cop had fantastic previews, but as I watched it, I realized that I should not be watching that. James makes you think his movies are going to be great, but he needs some help to be at the top of his game.
Quick Facts: ECW Champion; Intercontinental Champion; World Tag Team Champion; Light Heavyweight Champion; Hardcore Champion; European Champion; World Heavyweight Champion
Celebrity he is most like: Martin Lawrence
Reason: Both Christian and Martin Lawrence are great entertainers, but they just can't carry something by themselves. While the live crowd goes nuts with each Christian title reign, the IWC just doesn't get too excited about that. Christian was at his best when he was teamed with Edge, and the same can be said for Martin Lawrence: he needs a partner.
Lawrence is an extremely talented guy, but no one is talking about his movies when he is the lead character. Remember how good Bad Boys was, and Life? He was teamed with another A-list celebrity. But on his own, such as Black Knight or Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins, he struggles to put together a solid performance worthy of crowds flocking to the theaters.
The Big Red Machine
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Quick Facts: WWE Champion; World Heavyweight Champion; ECW Champion; Intercontinental Champion; World Tag Team Champion; WCW Tag Team Champion; Hardcore Champion
Celebrity he is most like: Morgan Freeman
Reason: Both of these guys have been doing quality work for an extended period of time. I can't think of a movie that Freeman has done that I thought it was below average. Kane has had his share of prestigious moments, but he keeps chugging along without much fanfare.
I am a big Morgan Freeman fan, so I feel like I might be undermining this pick, but both of these guys have been on the scene for years and don't get the credit they deserve.
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Quick Facts: NXT Season 1 winner, Intercontinental Champion, leader of Nexus
Celebrity he is most like: Chris Pine
Reason: Most of you that reading this probably just said "Who?" Let me explain that Barrett hasn't been on the scene for that long and has already made an impact. He seems to be shaping up as a WWE superstar for many years to come. Pine played the captain on the Star Trek film a couple of years ago and got great reviews for his performance.
His next step is to take the role of Jack Ryan in that series. The Jack Ryan character has been played by Hollywood heavyweights Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck, all of whom have had a nice career out west.
Alberto Del Rio
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Quick Facts: Royal Rumble winner (2011); Raw Money in the Bank winner (2011); WWE Champion
Celebrity he is most like: Christian Bale
Reason: Del Rio seems to have risen faster than most wrestlers in this business. With all of the vignettes that were being shown before his arrival, you knew he was going to come in and make a splash. However, winning the Royal Rumble and eventually the championship just recently doesn't give him a large resume to begin with. Most people associate him with only a limited amount of wrestling and success. He has reached the top of the industry, but after that, hasn't done much.
Bale has broken many box office records with his portrayal of Batman in the new series that have been produced over the last few years. While he has done outstanding in these, most people don't recall anything else that he has done. He has made a few other movies, but what he is really known for is his Batman character.
Quick facts: WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, World Tag Team Champion, WCW Tag Team Champion, Hardcore Champion, undefeated at WrestleMania (19-0)
Celebrity he most resembles: Mel Gibson
Reason: As hard as it was for me to admit this, the Undertaker's time has passed him by. There are not too many episodes of Raw or Smackdown that I am wishing the Undertaker would come back. No doubt he is definitely one of the top Superstars of all time, but no longer performs at the level that he used to. Sure, he still does his usual Wrestlemania thing, but it is now an act that most people know what is going to happen.
Gibson used to be the main even style celebrity, but he hasn't done anything worth mentioning in years. He is a solid actor with a number of great films, especially the Lethal Weapons, Braveheart and The Patriot. However, over the past few years, no one has been yearning for a Mel Gibson movie.
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Quick facts: WWE Champion; World Heavyweight Champion; Intercontinental Champion; World Tag Team Champion; 2009 Royal Rumble winner
Celebrity he most resembles: Brad Pitt
Reason: Everyone knows who both of these guys are, and everyone has an opinion about them. Orton is at the top of the business right now, but is not "moving the needle." (For those that may not know what I mean, moving the needle is pushing the ratings up.) Orton has been a multiple time champion, and rightfully so, but sometimes it seems as though he becomes champ by default due to the lack of star talent on the Smackdown roster.
Pitt has been an A-lister for years, but never seems to bring home that blockbuster. Sometimes his life outside the movies brings more attention than the movies he actually appears in. Everyone knows Brad Pitt, but there haven't been too many movies in which Pitt has topped the box office charts for a lengthy period of time.
Quick Facts: Intercontinental Champion; ECW Champion; WWE Tag Team Champion
Celebrity he most resembles: Zac Efron
Reason: As much as I hate putting the name Zac Efron in this column, I do believe that it is the best one that describes Morrision. Coming out to the arena and the girls scream at the top of their lungs, John Morrison is a fantastic athlete and has provided some wow moments (remember his Royal Rumble moment where he was Spiderman?) However, after the looks and one great move, he seems as though he is just an above average superstar.
Efron rose to fame in the High School Musical series from Disney. His looks are great for a teenage girl, but outside of High School Musical, his name brings about the attention, not his work.
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Quick Facts: World Heavyweight Champion; WWE Champion; U.S. Champion; World Tag Team Champion; WWE Tag Team Champion; 2008 Royal Rumble Winner; 2010 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner
Celebrity he is most like: Tobey Maguire
Reason: Just look at him, and you can see that he has that look that he would don the mask and take over as Spiderman if needed. Cena appeals to the youngsters, and so does the look of Maguire. While the rest of us look on at Cena and are ready for a new act, Maguire lived off of the Spiderman character and made a nice bank account out of it. Maguire has not found too much success outside of Spiderman, and Cena is stuck in his hustle, loyalty and respect world for awhile until he gets a new act.
Quick facts: WWE Champion; World Heavyweight Champion; ECW Champion; World Tag Team Champion; Intercontinental Champion; Raw commentator
Celebrity he most resembles: Colin Farrell
Reason: They both march to the beat of a different drummer and become very good while doing so. Punk has been around for quite some time, but only recently has he been the headliner of some WWE events. His promos recently have been top notch, and his work in the ring is second to none.
Farrell has been mentioned as the bad boy of Hollywood, but while people have been labeling him, he has been doing solid acting over time. Yes, some of his movies have not been great, but he is a dark character at times who brings home a powerful performance.
I know there were some stars that I left out (the Miz, R-Truth, etc.), but this was a hard list to compile. It was a lot of fun to think about this, though, so I need your opinions on where I could have done a better job of matching a superstar with a celebrity.