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5 formerly active WWE Superstars whose acting careers didn't take off

Several former WWE Superstars have looked to embark on an acting career after leaving wrestling
Several former WWE Superstars have looked to embark on an acting career after leaving wrestling

WWE Superstars know that their time in the squared circle is limited. As a result, several current and former stars have ensured a plan B after their pro wrestling careers end.

For stars like The Rock, John Cena, and Batista, the transition into the acting world has been smooth. But many former WWE Superstars weren't so lucky.

The following list looks at just five former WWE Superstars who attempted to move into the acting industry, but their transition wasn't successful.


#5. Former WWE Superstar Stacy Keibler

Stacy Keibler came over to WWE after the company purchased WCW. While the former star was part of many memorable storylines, she wanted to pursue a career outside of wrestling.

While working for WWE in 2006, Keibler participated in Dancing With The Stars. She secured the third position after making it to the finals.

From there, Keibler left WWE and stepped into showbiz. The former star played a recurring role on ABC's 'What About Brian,' as her big break. The role led to guest appearances on George Lopez, The Comebacks, and October Road.

Keibler went on to guest star in several programs, including Chuck, Psych, and even How I Met Your Mother. In 2011, Keibler started dating George Clooney.

After the couple ended their relationship in 2013, Stacy focused on modeling. In 2014, she married Future Ads CEO Jared Pobre. The couple are now parents to two daughters and a son.

Keibler made headlines thanks to her high-profile romance with George Clooney, but the former WWE Superstar couldn't make any prominent impact despite spending more than eight years in the industry.

#4. Former WWE Superstar The Big Show aka Paul Wight

The Big Show wrestled for WWE for more than two decades before moving over to AEW in 2021. The 'World's Largest Athlete' spent a big part of his last few years filming "The Big Show Show" on Netflix.

The show was later canceled, which allowed Big Show to return to WWE. The superstar has been a part of several movies in the past, but many of these were either cameos, or went direct-to-video. Knucklehead, Jingle All The Way, The Waterboy, and Vendetta are just a few films in his itinerary.

While 'The Big Show Show' was initially seen as his big break, it didn't do well. The 49-year-old is now an active part of AEW's roster after hanging up his acting shoes.

#3. WWE Hall of Famer Kane

WWE Hall of Famer Kane is currently the Mayor of Knox County in Tennessee. The 'Big Red Machine' finished his wrestling career to pursue a career in politics in 2018, but this wasn't the only option in his mind.

In 2006, Kane was unveiled as Jacob Goodnight in WWE Studio's See No Evil. The film gained mild success and even had a sequel.

Kane was also part of various other projects, including MacGruber, voicing himself in Scooby Doo's WrestleMania Mystery, but See No Evil was Kane's breakout role.

See No Evil 2 was a direct-to-video release and failed to have the success of its predecessor. After a cameo in Countdown (2016), Kane decided to put his acting career to rest to focus on politics.

#2. Former WWE Superstar Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones was predicted to have a successful WWE career given his size but opted to leave the company in 2003 to pursue an acting career.

The former star landed several high-profile projects, including Troy, Fearless, The Condemned, Conan The Barbarian, Charlie's Farm, Never Back Down: No Surrender, The Scorpion King: Book of Souls, and most recently Mortal Combat.

While Jones has been part of 18 different movies since 2003, none have made Jones a household name. The former WWE superstar has had no significant success despite being in the industry for almost two decades.

Jones's size has allowed him to stand out in the ring, but he isn't a known name in the acting business.

#1. WWE Superstar and COO Triple H

Triple H has been on WWE screens for almost three decades, but the COO has also appeared in several movies.

The superstar surprised the WWE Universe when he appeared in Blade: Trinity in 2004 without any promotion. 'The Game' portrayed the role of Jarko Grimwood and was part of several action sequences, alongside Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel, and Ryan Reynolds.

Triple H's subsequent big roles came in The Chaperone and Inside Out, where he played the lead characters Raymond Bradstone and Arlo Jayne, respectively. The two projects were both WWE Studios' productions in 2011.

Aside from acting roles in recent WWE animations, the 14-time World Champion hasn't worked in a movie in more than a decade. Instead, Triple H opted to focus on his new responsibilities as an executive.

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Edited by Angana Roy
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