Let’s face it, it is never easy to make it big in Hollywood. While many have succeeded, many more have failed.
Throughout Hollywood’s history, many wrestlers have tried their luck as actors. Wrestlers like Dave Bautista, John Cena, and last but definitely not least, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, are the few who have seen huge success at the box office. However, there are quite a few wrestlers who fell flat on their backs trying to enter Hollywood.
Here is a list of 5 WWE wrestlers who are known for their winning moves while inside the ring but when in front of the camera, they are a disaster!
His first major appearance in the movie started of with the third installment of the Blade series, Blade: Trinity which released in 2004. However, The Game had no game at the box office and it failed to click. His acting career never really took off after this as his other movies such as The Chaperone (2011) and Inside Out (2011) also were a disaster and faltered at the box office. He should stick to WWE because this man’s got serious game inside the ring.
The Big Show
Paul White or The Big Show who was brought in to replace Andre The Giant in WWE as a beast to be reckoned with failed miserably at the box office. In 1996, he played the role of the Huge Santa in Jingle All The Way which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the lead. Jingle All The Way failed at the box office, and so did his movie Knucklehead (2010), in which he played the lead role of an orphan called Walter Krunk. He was choke-slammed deep into the box office again after his movie Vendetta (2015) bombed.
Randy Orton- The Viper
The Viper, as he’s famously called, made his debut with a comedy film – That’s What I Am (2011) in a supporting role. The film did well at the box office. However, it was his movie 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded in which he plays the lead role that received negative response at the box office.
“Hulkamania is running wild, Brother”. Not in Hollywood, brother.
Yes, Hulk Hogan does have an amazing personality inside the ring, but that personality failed to show in the movies he did. Hulk caught a huge break appearing in the film, Rocky III (1982) which set him up for some big-time success, so much so that he decided to leave the wrestling business to pursue acting full-time. This proved to be a terrible decision, as he only appeared in films that absolutely tanked. These films included, Mr. Nanny (1993), Santa with Muscles (1996), 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998), and The Ultimate Weapon (1998). Hulk should have just stuck to guest appearances and commercials.
Bill Goldberg’s incredible success in the WCW caught the attention of the reel makers as he made his debut through Universal Soldier 2: The Return. The movie bombed at the box office and his character, Romeo, was a forgettable role. Goldberg’s next recognizable role was in the 2005 film ‘The Longest Yard‘ as an inmate alongside several other fellow wrestlers. The movie did well at the box office and became Goldberg’s best big-screen role till date as after that he appeared in low-budget movies or failed projects.The movie Santa’s Slay, in which he plays the character of a homicidal Santa Claus, was a disaster. What is it with wrestlers playing Santa- first it was Hulk Hogan and then Goldberg. Ho, Ho, Ho! Stop it.
He went on to do low-budget movies like Half Past Dead 2 and Kill Speed which facilitated a downhill slope in his movie career.
Guys, get back in the ring already!
-By Stacey Prince