Wrestlers making a transition to movies and TV is nothing new but few have made a lasting impact with cameos, bit parts, and small recurring roles are the main staple for most wrestlers. I polled all my fellow wrestling smart marks and asked them for their favorite wrestler cameos in film and TV, the only rule being they can NOT be a main character. Smaller secondary characters would be acceptable, but no Rock in GI Joe, no Stone Cold in The Expendables, or anything of that nature.
So in no particular order, here’s the ones we picked as the BEST Wrestler cameos in TV and film.
THE BIG SHOW IN JINGLE ALL THE WAY
“I’m gonna deck your halls, bub!” In the Schwarzenegger Christmas flick, Jingle All the Way, Arnold finds himself in a a den of Santa suit clad crooks making knock off toys to sell. After insulting the Christmas convicts, Arnold gets into an all out brawl with the Santas leading him to stand face to face with a white bearded, giant red pants wearing, suspender snapping Big Show. After knocking around Arnold a bit, a midget Santa hops on Arnold’s shoulders, who then ducks a WMD punch from Show and sends Tiny Kris Kringle flying and a “Little Buddy!” shrieking Big Show.
KEVIN NASH IN NINJA TURTLES 2: SECRET OF THE OOZE
SU-PER SHRED-DER! *clap clap – clap clap clap* During his TNA days, Nash was teased unmercifully by the fans for his small role at the end of Ninja Turtles 2. After being covered in ooze, the Shredder grows to monstrous size and proceeds to charge the Turtles under a dock, knocking out supports until it all comes crumbling down and burying the Super Shredder. The roles lasts only a few minutes but it has stuck around with Nash for a lifetime. I wonder if he has any Super Shredder 8x10s for sale…
ROWDY RODDY PIPER IN IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA
Piper is no stranger to acting and it was a parody of “The Wrestler” character played by Mickey Rourke that led Piper to make two memorable appearances on FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as “Da’ Maniac.” A washed up wrestler the gang hires to appear at their show for the troops, but he ends up not wrestling after being arrested for unpaid parking tickets. In his second appearance on Sunny, Da Maniac shows up for a presentation by Dee and Charlie at the bar for a marketing scam they have, but he’s really there just for the free soup. Before leaving, he steals a few cases of Invigaron, the drink Dee and Charlie are trying to sell.
HULK HOGAN IN GREMLINS 2
A quick cameo, the Hulkster stands up in the audience when the Gremlins mess around with the film in the projector room. It speaks for itself.
TRIPLE H IN BLADE 3
Hunter plays a vampire character called Jarko Grimwood who tortures Ryan Reynolds character in the film. Like his role, the movie is largely forgettable but was Hunter’s first break in movies.
WWE SUPERSTARS IN MACGRUBER & THE LONGEST YARD
I’m combining these two together as it both films featured appearances from numerous wrestlers. MAcGruber features names like Chris Jericho, MVP, The Big Show, Mark Henry and Kane. The Longest Yard features Bill Goldberg, Kevin Nash, and Steve Austin. To tie it all together? Both films feature the punjabi playboy, The Great Khali!
STING IN THUNDER IN PARADISE
This one may be more memorable because as a kid it was the first time we saw Sting on TV without his iconic makeup! Steve “Sting” Borden played the role of Adam “Hammerhead” McCall on the Hulk Hogan TV show Thunder in Paradise. I don’t remember much about the shows premise other than Hogan riding around on ridiculously bright painted speed boats in exotic locations.
VADER ON BOY MEETS WORLD
Vader made several appearances as himself (Sorta) on the 90s hit Boy Meets World. Vader played himself, but his real identity of Leon White was switched out to that of Francis Stakeeno, Sr. father of the school bully Frankie Stakeeno, Jr, (played by Ethan Suplee.) Vader would make a few short appearances on the show, threatening to beat people up which was usually followed by quips like “You don’t act like this at the PTA.” Vader would make his largest appearance in an episode where Cory and Shawn help Frankie become closer to his father by giving him wrestling pointers (because wrestling is real, dammit!) against Jake The Snake Roberts.
But the ONE cameo to end all cameos was picked out by just about everyone I polled for this list…and that cameo is…
THE UNDERTAKER IN SUBURBAN COMMANDO
Yup, you forgot about it didn’t you? But we didn’t. Just prior to his WWF/WWE career, The Undertaker appeared as intergalactic bounty hunter, Hutch, in the Hulk Hogan sci-fi film. Along with his partner, the two never spoke except for that one line as shown above. It was his time in WCW and his role in this film that led Hogan to introduce him to Vince McMahon and eventually sign with the WWF.
So there you have it! Our list of the BEST Wrestler cameos in TV and Film. Did we miss someone? Think someone should have been on the list that we left out? Disagree with one of our choices? Let us know, below!!