Be it on TV or in film, we take a look at wrestlers in mainstream media.
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Wrestling really is amazing.
It’s the joy of seeing two people smack the hell out of each other, right in front of you. It’s the simple spectacle of structured violence that is the basis that so much genre cinema thrives on.
Whether it be you’re the Scorpion King, fighting the Decepticons or you’re on a path to take down Thanos, there’s always excitement when a wrestler makes that transition from the squared circle to the silver screen.
Since the two things a wrestler needs most is physicality and charisma, it’s no surprise so many of them have ended up in films and TV shows. But as similar, as the two art forms are, there’s also a world of difference. It’s one thing to be able to entertain a few thousand people live. It’s completely different thing recreating that with a camera close up on you over multiple takes.
The history of professional wrestlers in films and TV shows can be traced all the way back to the 1950’s. Since then, many a grappler has tried their hand at acting outside the wrestling ring.
The 1980’s were filled with the likes of Hulk Hogan and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper gracing the silver screen with their larger than life personas. We’ve even seen the biggest stars of the Attitude Era, The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin give acting a go.
To this day, wrestlers are still trying to make that jump from niche entertainer to a global phenomenon. WWE created their own production company, WWE Studios, to help their talent reach the next level
We brought together the best panel to discuss all the times we have seen wrestlers in mainstream media. We look at how it may have affected their career in a positive or a negative way and also Sarah gives each panelist 5 films starring WWE and Independent wrestlers and make them describe the plot badly.
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