For many wrestlers, the dream of fame and fortune lies beyond the ring. Over the years, many professional wrestlers have made a successful transition from wrestling to acting or hosting on television.
From WWE superstars such as Dwayne Johnson and John Cena to smaller promotions like TNA Impact Wrestling with their own Hollywood star Kevin Nash, there are plenty of examples of wrestlers who have turned into Hollywood icons.
This article will explore some of these incredible journeys from the ring to the big screen.
Kevin Nash: From TNA Impacts to Hollywood Actor
Another wrestler who has made a successful transition into acting is Kevin Nash from TNA Impact Wrestling. After making his debut in 1990 with WCW (World Championship Wrestling), Nash soon became one of the most popular wrestlers in the business. After an incredibly successful stint in WCW, Nash joined TNA Impact Wrestling and quickly became their biggest star.
In 2014, Nash made his Hollywood debut with a role in Magic Mike XXL as Tarzan and has since gone on to feature in films such as The Fate of the Furious and Big Stan.
The Rock: From Wrestling Legend to Hollywood Icon
One wrestler who has made an incredibly successful transition into Hollywood is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. After debuting in 1996 in WWF (now WWE), The Rock quickly became one of the most popular wrestlers of all time.
His charisma and natural ability for performing made him a fan favorite, and he soon became one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling.
In 2000, The Rock made his Hollywood debut with a starring role in WWF’s The Scorpion King, and from there, his acting career took off. He has since starred in dozens of films, including the following:
- “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
- “Fast & Furious Franchise”
John Cena: From Wrestling Superstar to Movie Star
Another wrestler who transitioned successfully into Hollywood is John Cena. After making his wrestling debut in 2002, Cena quickly rose to fame as one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history. With his signature catchphrase, “You Can’t See Me,” and an incredibly successful 13 years in WWE, Cena had established himself as a wrestling legend.
In 2006, Cena made his Hollywood debut with The Marine starring alongside Robert Patrick. Since then, he has gone on to feature in a number of films.
- “Daddy’s Home 2”
Today, he is one of the most recognizable faces on the big screen and is still active in WWE as well.
The Final Word
These incredible journeys from wrestling to Hollywood icons show that there is always potential for success outside of the ring. With hard work, determination, and talent, anyone can achieve their dreams no matter what field they are working in.
From Dwayne Johnson to John Cena to Kevin Nash, these wrestlers have each achieved worldwide fame through their transition into Hollywood and have opened up doors for future generations of wrestlers to make the same move.
Ultimately, these incredible journeys from wrestling to Hollywood prove that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.