10 WWE Wrestlers Who Left WWE and Became Actors
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1. Steve Austin
Steve Austin left WWE in 2002 to venture into acting. He initially appeared in low-budget action films but eventually secured larger roles in movies like “The Longest Yard” and “The Condemned.” He also made appearances on TV shows like “Nash Bridges,” “Chuck,” and “Celebrity Wife Swap.”
2. John Cena
John Cena hasn’t completely left WWE but has been focusing on his acting career. He’s starred in films such as “The Marine,” “Trainwreck,” “Bumblebee,” and “F9,” with upcoming projects like “Argyle.” Cena has also appeared in TV shows like “Psych,” “Chuck,” and “Peacemaker.”
3. The Rock
The Rock left WWE in 2004 and found success in acting with hits like “The Mummy Returns,” “The Scorpion King,” and many more, including the “Fast and the Furious” franchise and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” He also voiced a character in “Moana.”
4. Kevin Nash
Kevin Nash left WWE in 1996 to pursue a career in acting. He had been wrestling for over five years and had become one of the most popular and successful wrestlers in the company. Nash’s acting career started slowly. He had small roles in films such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and The Punisher (1989). However, his big break came in 2005 when he was cast in the remake of The Longest Yard.
5. Jessie Ventura
Jessie Ventura left WWE in 1990, to pursue his dream career as an actor. Ventura left WWE in 1990 and took up acting. He had smaller roles in films like “Predator” and “The Running Man” before landing a significant role as a villain in “Demolition Man” in 1993.
Batista also left WWE to pursue a career in acting. He had several stints in WWE between 2002 and 2019, winning a total of eleven championships. He is most widely known for his portrayal of Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) up until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) after which he confirmed he was leaving.
7. Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan left WWE in 1993 to pursue a career in acting. He had been wrestling for over a decade and had become one of the most popular and influential wrestlers of all time. Hogan’s acting career started slowly. He starred in a number of low-budget action films, many of which were released directly to video. However, he eventually began to land larger roles in films like No Holds Barred (1989), Suburban Commando (1991), and Mr. Nanny (1994).
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8. Andre The Giant
Andre the Giant left WWE and became an actor. He had been wrestling for over 20 years and had become one of the most iconic and beloved wrestlers of all time. Andre’s acting career was short-lived, but he made a memorable impression in the few roles that he played. His most famous role was Fezzik in the 1987 cult classic The Princess Bride. He also had roles in the films Conan the Destroyer (1984), Micki & Maude (1984), and Six Flags Funworld (1983).
9. Ronda Rouse
Ronda Rousey left WWE in April 2023 to focus on her acting career and family. She has already appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Furious 7, The Expendables 3, and Blindspot. She has also been cast in the upcoming films Fast X and Artemis Fowl.
10. Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks left WWE in May 2022 and has since become an actress. She is currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) under the ring name Mercedes Moné, but she has also been appearing in a number of acting projects. Banks made her acting debut in the second season of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, where she portrayed Koska Reeves, a Mandalorian warrior. She has also appeared in the USA Network game show Barmageddon and the upcoming Netflix film The Old Guard 2.
From the above article it is concluded that above mentioned 10 ex WWE players are now successful actors in their lives.