From The Big Ring To The Big Screen – WWE Superstars That Made It In Hollywood

The WWE is a massive corporation with millions of fans. The WWE stands for “World Wrestling Entertainment,” which is a media company. It was founded on February 21, 1980 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and has attracted some of the most enigmatic athletic performers known in “sports.” 

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 04: The Rock, Vince McMahon, John Cena, and Michael Cole attend the WrestleMania 29 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall on April 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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It is hard to define exactly what the WWE is, as it is not only a sport with amazing athletes but a performance, a drama and a story. Of these amazing athletes, there are a few that stand out so much so, that their acting skills got them into Hollywood where they have made a huge impact. The following are just a few who did just that!

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne Johnson first stepped in the WWE arena at the age of 24, on November 24, 1996. He was always an athlete, having first wanted to get into the NFL but didn’t get drafted. He is a third generation wrestler and made a huge impact in the WWE world with his huge muscles, charm, and good looks.

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Hollywood noticed Dwayne and got him onto their sets with his first role being that of The Scorpion King on 2001’s The Mummy Returns. He has been in many movies since then and can move between action and comedy roles easily. Recently, he has been paired with good friend Kevin Hart in the movies in 2016’s Central Intelligence, 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and 2019’s Jumanji: The Next Level. His films have grossed over $10.5 billion worldwide. Read more about him on: Dwyane (The rock) is the coolest celebrity.

John Cena

John Cena started his career as a professional bodybuilder, and moved into wrestling a year later, in 1999. His persona on the WWE was that of a trash-talking rapper. He won many championships and really made a name for himself.

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In 2006, The Marine came out – a movie which was part of WWE Studios. It did well making $7 million in its first week. He moved on to bigger roles in Hollywood starring alongside Amy Schumer in 2015’s hilarious film Trainwreck and opposite Mark Wahlberg in 2015’s Daddy’s Home and 2017’s Daddy’s Home 2. He was also in in 2016’s Suicide Squad. He will appear in The Fast & The Furious 9 in 2020 and his movie career is only growing! 

Maria Kanellis

Maria Kanellis is not only a professional wrestler, but a wrestling manager, singer, actress, and model as well. She started off her career in the WWE as a backstage interviewer in 2004. In 2005 she started competing professionally in the ring.

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Maria has appeared on the big screen in 2012’s Mother Hen, 2013’s Army of the Damned, 2014’s The Opposite Sex and she starred as herself in 2017’s Saving Christmas. Besides movies, she has been on a number of television shows, including Celebrity Apprentice

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