The wrestling business and film industry are similar in many ways. Just like actors, WWE Superstars also play characters on TV and have a team of writers who create storylines and feuds for them. This makes it easier for wrestlers to make the jump if they want to pursue a career in the movie business.
While top stars such as The Rock, John Cena and Batista have gone on to achieve tremendous success in Hollywood, the transition from wrestling to acting hasn't always gone smoothly. Many wrestlers have had a forgettable role in low-budget films, while others simply made cameos in unimportant roles.
Here are five WWE Superstars you may or may not know acted in movies.
#5 Former WWE Champion Sheamus
Sheamus is one of the most decorated superstars in WWE history. During his illustrious career, he has held many titles and been in high-stakes bouts such as the Royal Rumble match, King of the Ring and Money in the Bank.
The Celtic Warrior recently tasted success once again by capturing the United States Championship from Riddle at WrestleMania 37. In addition to his in-ring accomplishments, Sheamus has also had a stint on the big screen.
Sheamus made his film debut in the movie The Escapist in 2018, and his biggest role came in 2016 when he played a rhino called Rocksteady in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. During an interview, Sheamus opened up on acting in the film:
"Handsome looking Rhino. Yeah. Again, it's just it's crazy. Like there's two things that I got as a kid I loved WWE, always wanted to be a WWE Superstar, now I am. That goal was achieved. To be involved in something like this, which is one of the characters I loved as a kid I mean evolved with one of the iconic characters like Rocksteady who had never been in a movie before like they had the yellow pack Tokka or whatever his name was... Rahzar, some of these characters have never even been on the screen and the fact I get to play this character for the first time live that itself is mental," said Sheamus.
That same year, Sheamus made his voice acting debut by voicing himself in the animated film Scooby-Doo! & WWE: The Curse of the Speed Demon.
#4 Rob Van Dam - Black Mask 2: City of Masks (2002)
WWE Hall of Famer Rob Van Dam has competed in many wrestling promotions throughout his career and held multiple titles, including the WWE and ECW World Championships.
The Whole Dam Show also acted in a film. He portrayed a wrestler known as The Claw in the 2002 sequel Black Mask 2: City of Masks. He also appeared in several other movies such as Wrong Side of Town, 3-Headed Shark Attack and Sniper: Special Ops.
#3 WWE Legend Bret "Hitman" Hart - Tales From The Dead Zone
Bret Hart is regarded by many fans as one of the best to ever lace up a pair of wrestling boots. He was very successful in WWE, main-eventing multiple pay-per-view events and holding the WWE Championship on five separate occasions.
Hart has appeared in TV shows such as The Adventures of Sinbad and as an animated character in The Simpsons. He also acted in the movie Tales From The Dead Zone, which was originally scheduled to be released in 2020.
#2 Diamond Dallas Page - The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
Even after transitioning to acting, WWE Superstars usually make a return to the wrestling business in some capacity.
Diamond Dallas Page, best known for his time at World Championship Wrestling where he held the WCW World Championship, also had stints in WWE and AEW during his wrestling career.
DDP acted in the 2005 horror film The Devil’s Rejects, which is the second movie in the Firefly film series and a sequel to the 2003 film House of 1000 Corpses. In the movie, DDP plays Billy Ray Snapper, one of the bounty hunters who was hired to find the Firefly family.
#1 WWE Legend The Undertaker - Suburban Commando (1991)
The Undertaker was cast in the 1991 science-fiction comedy film Suburban Commando, which was released shortly after 'Taker's debut with WWE. The movie also starred WWE legend Hulk Hogan. The Phenom played an alien bounty hunter called Hutch whose mission was to track down Shep Ramsey (Hulk Hogan).
During an interview, The Undertaker had some harsh things to say about the movie.
"They called me and said, 'Hogan is doing this movie in LA, we want you to read for it.' I read for the movie, got the part. Worst movie ever. It was awful. Truly, truly awful. But, that kept me busy for a while," said Undertaker.
The Undertaker hasn't appeared in any other movies since then, though he did lend his voice to several animated films co-produced by WWE Studios.