The Best (Worst?) Pro Wrestler Arts & Entertainment Side Projects
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Pro wrestlers are performers, first and foremost. They’re stomping around the ring, trash-talking and beating on each other one minute, and the next, everything’s fine. In the pro-wrestling world, acting, brute force and spandex combine to create a show that gets audiences freaking out right along with the folks in the ring. Many of these entertainers have taken it upon themselves to use their showmanship as a springboard into other artsy ventures, and oftentimes, they’re willing to ditch every former shred of hardassery to do so. Hulk Hogan and The Rock wearing tutus? Sure, why not? Chris Jericho—shirt unbuttoned and flapping in the rooftop wind—starring in a music video? Absolutely. There’s more where that came from, too:
Wrestler: Hulk Hogan
A&E Side Projects: Actor/Reality TV Star/Musician
Best Moment: Mr. Nanny (1993)
In this all-ages flick, the family man himself, Terry “Hulk” Hogan, sheds his red and yellow boa to don a tutu. He plays an ex-pro wrestler (a stretch, we know) hired to protect a pair of bratty rich kids who are dead set on getting rid of the babysitter. Capers ensues, naturally.
Wrestler: Chris Jericho
A&E Side Project: Musician
Best Moment: Frontman of hard-rock band Fozzy
The former Heavyweight Champion has set his sights on rock ‘n’ roll glory. Prepare to be rocked:
Wrestler: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
A&E Side Project: Actor
Best Moment: Walking Tall (2004)
Johnson uses his strength to portray a U.S. Soldier who returns home to find his town in a downward spiral of sex, drugs and gambling. Casino-owning, drug-dealing bad guys, can you smell what The Rock is cooking?
Wrestler: Jesse “The Body” Ventura
A&E Side Projects: Actor/TV Host
Extra Credit: Politician
Best Moment: Predator (1987)
Although he served as Minnesota’s 38th governor, we much prefer watching Ventura putting politics aside to fight off an unwordly beast in the jungle alongside another muscle-laden state official, Arnold Schwarzenegger.