You CAN see them: 3 Wrestlers that could Conquer Hollywood.
As the stars of the squared circle continue to make waves in the world of TV and Film, we look at 3 grapplers who could take the silver screen by storm.
With WrestleMaina right around the corner it’s the time that pro wrestlers take their place in the media spotlight but what about those who take a shot at mainstream success?
The idea of a pro wrestler trying their luck in Hollywood is not exactly a new one, Legendary luchador El Santo made his film debut in 1961’s Santo vs. the Evil Brain and went on to star in scores more over the next 20 years, 1959’s infamous Plan 9 from Outer Space featured Tor Johnson (and George ‘The Animal’ Steele would then go onto play Johnson in Tim Burtons Ed Wood) and throughout cinemas history many more have taken their shot.
It’s not hard to see why, fantastic personalities with hulking physiques are often the perfect fit for some of the larger-than-life characters that grace the big screen, particularly before the days of CGI.
Ironically the rise of Hulk Hogan to superstardom was said to have been kickstarted by his appearance as Thunderlips in Rocky III, something he failed to replicate when he tried to leave the then WWF for a movie career, just see any Hogan movie to see why…
From Roddy Piper's unforgettable turn in John Carpenter’s They Live to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and John Cena reaching the apex of Hollywood’s A-list there seems to be an inexorable link between wrestling and acting.
But there remains a whole host of talented men and women just aching for a chance to take tinsel town and slam it to the mat. Let’s look at our top 3.
- Xavier Woods
A man that is the living embodiment of self-made, Xavier Woods initiative and talent took him from surplus enhancement wrestler to part of arguably the most successful and significant tag teams of the modern era. Through Wood’s persistence and wealth of creative idea he, Kofi Kingston and Big E took the dead-on arrival New Day gimmick and made it hall of fame worthy.
His in-ring career aside his massively successful YouTube gaming channel UpUpDownDown has provided fans a look at their favourite wrestlers in a new light. This has acted as a secondary medium to showcase his talents both behind and in front of the camera.
A naturally gifted performer who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand and with an abundance of creative ideas, who’s drive and determination seems to be able to push him to any goal he sets his sites on.
I am convinced if Mr Creed wants to act, write, direct, basically whatever he wants, he’ll find a way to do it and knock it out of the park.
- Billie Kay.
A performer who sadly cannot boast the same career highs as our previous entry but one with unlimited potential.
After an initial strong debut as part of the IIconics along with fellow Australian Peyton Royce, culminating with a Women’s Tag Team Championship win at WrestleMania 35, the duo was inexplicably split up at the peak of their undeniably watchable run and both left floundering as singles competitors. Although she has been given very little to do since her solo career on the main roster began, Kay has still managed to make what little time she is given on screen memorable and hilarious.
A very charismatic performer with a particular flair for comedy, I have no doubt that Kay could take her talents to the screen and perhaps she will get the recognition she so obviously deserves if she does.
- Eddie Kingston.
Arguably the least well known of this trio, Kingston has had to wait for his time to shine on a nationally recognised level. However, when he made his All Elite Wrestling debut in July 2020 he had amassed a near 20 year in ring career of stellar matches and more relevant some of the best wrestling promos you’ll ever hear.
Wherever he has worked, and that’s a lot of places, Kingston has brought his believable, edgy persona with him, now honed to the point it’s impossible to see where the man and character separate. His legendary mic work is guaranteed to bring significance and a realistic cutting edge to any rivalry he’s involved in.
And I have no doubt his considerable talents would directly transfer to the acting world, whether it’s as a menacing thug looking for the respect he deserves or as a tenacious underdog, you believe Eddie Kingston, and you’re more than likely rooting for him.
Whether it’s between the ropes or framed on celluloid, these three performers are vastly talented and hardworking and should be names on everyone’s lips.
But what do you think? Am I being too hard on Hogan’s film career? Am I making a huge omission from my top three? Let us know in the comments and social media.