The best and WORST from Hulk Hogan and The Rock to John Cena

HULK HOGAN, John Cena, The Rock, Dave Bautista and more have jumped from the ring to the big screen – with varying degrees of success and appreciation. Get ready to rumble and we watch the Top 7 Wrestler Film Stars in action.

Jean-Claude Van Damme might be up to his old chop-socky tricks in action reboot Kickboxer: Vengeance, but the real star of the show is former WWE wrestling champ Dave Bautista, playing the film’s nails-hard villain Tong Po.

After roles in Spectre and Guardians of the Galaxy, Bautista is one of the fastest rising stars in action movies – but he’s not the only hulking superstar to make the jump from the squared-circle to silver screen.

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To celebrate, we take a look at some of the very best – and very worst – wrestlers in the movies.
Description: Fifteen time WWE champ and occasional actor. Like an inflated Mark Wahlberg.

Wins: Playing a terrifyingly tattooed drug dealer in Tina Fey comedy Sisters.

Losses: Action flop 12 Rounds, playing a cop who must complete 12 challenges to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend. If one of the challenges is “watch this movie”, she’s dead.

Greatest Movie Fight: Trying to talk dirty with tussling beneath the sheets with Amy Schumer is Trainwreck.

Signature Move: The “Five Knuckle Shuffle”. We’re pretty sure the Americans don’t know what it means.

Hulk Hogan

Stats: 6’8”, 303lbs

Description: Moustachioed wrestling legend and star of low-budget films. Santa With Muscles, anyone?

Box Office Wins: Rocky III, in which the Hulkster played “Thunderlips” in a wrestler versus boxer match against Stallone’s “Italian Stallion”.

Box Office Losses: If you thought Suburban Commando and Mr Nanny were bad, check out WWE’s abysmal Rocky rip-off, No Holds Barred. Actually, don’t.

Greatest Movie Fight: Despite his giant muscles, it’s a verbal confrontation – the Hulkster vs Gremlins in Gremlins 2. Unlike most of the acting, it’s cinematic gold.

Signature Move: The big leg drop. Thirty-odd years of landing on your rear like that that is asking for a sore backside.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Stats: 6’5”, 260lbs

Description: Hugely charismatic wrestler-turned-action star. Can wiggle his eyebrow like a good ‘un. Johnson is also the highest paid actor in Hollywood this year.

Wins: He’s the movie star in the world, so pretty much anything he touches is box office dynamite. The Fast & Furious movies are hard to beat though.

Losses: His first movie appearances as the mythical Scorpion King in the Mummy series.

Greatest Movie Fight: Taking on Jason Statham in Fast & Furious 7. A dream match if ever there was one.

Signature Move: The “Rock Bottom” slam. Even Statham gets one through a glass table for his troubles.

Dave Bautista

Stats: 6’6”, 290lbs

Description: Super-muscled behemoth, multi-time WWE, and breakout action star.

Wins: Playing lead henchman in $900million grossing Bond film Spectre is nothing to be sniffed at. Plus, a starring role in Marvel mega-hit Guardians of the Galaxy.

Losses: His movie debut Wrong Side of Town is exactly the sort of straight-to-DVD action film you’d expect a wrestler to star in i.e. rubbish.

Greatest Movie Fight: The climatic fight in Kickboxer: Vengeance. Brutal stuff.

Signature Move: The “Batista Bomb”. Prefers a good old fashioned pummeling in the movies though.

Jesse Ventura

Stats: 6’2”, 245lbs

Description: Colourful wrestling legend/actor/governor/conspiracy theorist.

Wins: Co-starring alongside Schwarzenegger as “goddamn sexual tyrannosaurus” in Predator. Roar indeed.

Losses: A supporting part in Demolition Man, in which Stallone is frozen and revived in the future to fight Wesley Snipes. Probably sounded like a good idea at the time.

Greatest Movie Fight: Battling his old pal Arnie in a final showdown of The Running Man.

Signature Move: The “Body Breaker” – a reference to own nickname, “The Body”. Don’t laugh, he was much sexier in the ‘80s.

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Stats: 6’2”, 230lbs

Description: Kilt-wearing loudmouth and one of wrestling’s greatest villains – also a surprisingly good actor.

Wins: John Carpenter’s They Live, in which Piper has a pair of magic sunglasses that reveal sinister aliens secretly control the world.

Losses: Hell Comes To Frogtown. He plays one of the world’s last fertile men and must impregnate a harem of women and fight giant frog monsters. Eh, what?

Greatest Movie Fight: His never-ending fist fight from They Live. It goes on and on and on…

Signature Move: The sleeper hold. Thankfully, few of his films will put you to sleep.

Kevin Nash

Stats: 6’10”, 328lbs

Description: Towering WWE champ who went by the ring name “Diesel”.

Wins: Playing over-the-hill stripper Tarzan in the Magic Mike movies.

Losses: A cameo as “Super Shredder” in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. At least he got to hide his embarrassment with a mask (which is more than can be said for his wrestling career).

Greatest Movie Fight: Duking it out with Thomas Jane’s marvel hero The Punisher.

Signature Move: In wrestling it was a move called the “Jackknife”. In Magic Mike it was… erm, you don’t want to know.

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