The worlds of acting and professional wrestling have a lot of crossover. Despite what many believe, professional wrestling requires a lot of acting, as it’s essentially half the job. With that in mind, it makes sense that some older talents would want to stop taking bumps, and just focus on the acting side of things.
Thanks to that, there have been many wrestlers who have taken on some crazy movie projects over the years. These ten crack the list, as some of the most chaotic and off-the-wall films starring professional wrestlers.
10 Rampage (Dwayne Johnson)
2018’s Rampage likely won’t go down as one of The Rock’s classics. In fact, you likely forgot this movie existed until this very moment. That’s mainly because Rampage is an extremely generic action film, for the most part.
It’s based on the arcade game, Rampage. If one remembers the “plot” of that game, there’s not really one. Here, they had Johnson, who was a primatologist, team up with George the Gorilla to try and stop two other massive mutated animals from destroying Chicago. Hijinks ensue.
9 The Condemned (Steve Austin)
Steve Austin’s film career was short compared to a lot of his counterparts, but this was a genuinely interesting movie. The Condemned, released in 2007, was an action film that saw ‘Stone Cold’ battle it out against nine other convicts to survive in a game broadcast for the world to see.
If it kind of sounds like a Rated R version of The Hunger Games, it basically was. It was a wild film full of tons upon tons of violence and off-the-wall moments.
8 No One Lives (Tyrus)
This is one of the least discussed WWE Studio films, and that’s mainly because it doesn’t feel like one. This horror film was directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, and released in 2012. The only wrestler in the film is Tyrus, who has a very small role.
Essentially, the film follows a man trying to get revenge, played by high-profile actor Luke Evans. This film has largely been forgotten but does have some wild moments in it.
7 Pain & Gain (Dwayne Johnson)
2013’s Pain and Gain is widely regarded as arguably Dwayne Johnson’s best role. The action comedy film starred the former WWE champion alongside Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie. The three played murderer bodybuilders, in a story too good to be fiction.
No seriously, the film was based on Sun Gym gang members, who were convicted of murder, extortion, and more. This movie is generally a lot of fun, but it’s a crazy story, making it even wilder that it actually happened.
6 12 Rounds (John Cena)
What happens when you mix Law and Order with Saw? You get 2009’s 12 Rounds with John Cena. The film was one of the superstar’s first and was developed under the WWE Studio umbrella.
Essentially, Cena has to try and rescue his girlfriend, played by Ashley Scott. Without getting into too much spoiler territory, the wrestler has to do 12 rounds (get it?) of tasks to get her back.
5 DOA: Dead or Alive (Kevin Nash)
This is just one that is hard to even see. 2006’s DOA: Dead or Alive was a film released based on the famed fighting video game franchise. For those who are aware of the reputation that video game films have, this one is no different.
Kevin Nash has a small role in the film, playing Bass Armstrong. Without giving too much away, this film is absolutely ridiculous, but in a funny way. It’s so bad that it’s almost good, and the presence of Nash makes it even more surreal.
4 The Expendables (Steve Austin)
The Expendables is probably Steve Austin’s greatest film role, but it’s not like he or anyone else was doing too much actual acting. Released in 2010, this was the first movie in a franchise meant to highlight the action film stars of the past. Well, that was the goal at first, anyway.
That led to Austin getting a role here, and he played it well. The Expendables is a film franchise that relies almost entirely on crazy moments and explosions, and this film is no different.
3 Knock At The Cabin (Dave Bautista)
This is the most recent film to be released on this list. In February, M. Night Shyamalan released Knock at the Cabin, featuring an awesome cast. While a great cast featuring Jonathan Groft, Rupert Gint, and more, it was actually Batista who was the main star here.
Essentially, Batista leads a group, who believe that the world will end, if they can’t convince a family to do something unimaginable. It’s an excellent, intense film, that is absolutely bonkers.
2 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Dwayne Johnson and Roman Reigns)
Alright, look, Fast and Furious has been a crazy franchise for a long time now. Seriously, what happened to just racing cars?Well, that’s a question that one will be asking often if they watch 2019’s Hobbs & Shaw.
Essentially, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham enlist help from Roman Reigns and others, to take down a villainous group led by Idris Elba. To give you an idea of how nonsensical this film is, at one point, the two wrestlers have a montage where they just do their moves from the WWE. Seriously.
1 They Live (Roddy Piper)
1988’s They Live starring Roddy Piper is a cult classic, and for good reason. The John Carpenter John-directed sci-fi film saw ‘Nada’ discover through special sunglasses that the ruling class are actually aliens who are manipulating those below them to follow the status quo.
The film was created due to the dissatisfaction with the United States’ economic policies in the 80s, and it’s clear. However, even if one doesn’t like the meaning behind the movie, it’s an incredible one and a must-see.