Effective Transitions Gleaned from Wrestler Actor

June 8, 2018 at 5:29 am Ron Mullinax

Wrestler actor influence over movie audience

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Wrestlers are used to dramatic stories, such as the feuds between fighters developed in wrestling scripts as promotional strategy. During the match, wrestlers perform in a highly theatrical way, yielding their own unique styles. These styles take them to popularity (either by acceptance or rejection).


Similarly, wrestlers-turned-actors find themselves taking on a role within a story. But not with a live audience; rather, a crew of film experts. A scene could take many repetitions and more hours to pack up. Acting while wrestling prepares the wrestler for film acting: from performing what wrestlers usually do in the ring and growing into a strong character, either protagonist or antagonist, and onto landing the lead role. A quick review on three wrestler actors would illustrate transitions from wrestler to actor:


First. The Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Douglas Johnson), who is now one of the higher-paid wrestlers-turned-actors, has attracted a following for being hardworking and versatile. These are apparently results from decisions he’s made to be surrounded by brilliant people from whom he can learn the workings of the business—from acting to marketing and on to directing and producing—so that he would have a considerably longer shelf life in the entertainment industry.


Second. John Cena (a.k.a. John Felix Anthony Cena, Jr.), appears to be following the example set by The Rock, while going through transitions from wrestler to actor. He built his first fan base from his days as a rapper. Since then, he has continued to attract media attention and been active in charity works.


Third. Stone Cold Steve Austin (a.k.a. Steven James Anderson) suffered a spinal injury in 2000, which pushed him to retire from wrestling. He has since pursued acting roles in TV and in film. Through ten selected films, he has somehow redeemed his name from his history of domestic violence.


In effect, the positive wrestler actor influence all over the world, could be inferred as the following:

  • Wrestling can be an opening into a career in acting.
  • If you are open to change with lifelong learning skills, you can always find more rewarding experiences.
  • Surround yourself with people of excellence if you want your career to be long-term.


Do you want to add any other positive influences from wrestler-actors to this list? Feel free to share that in the comments section below. You can also connect with me on other channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Don’t forget to check my book Fritz Von Erich: Master of the Iron Claw to learn more about wrestling.




Inbound. 2018. “John Cena: Actor and WWE Superstar.” Speakers. Accessed May 23, 2018. OWN Master Class. Season 5, episode 504, “Dwayne Johnson’s Decision to Quit Wrestling and Pursue Acting.” Aired 11/15/2015, on׀ TV-14. Accessed May 23, 2018.

Russel, Bradley. 2018. “From The Rock to Dave Bautista, here’s the 10 best wrestlers-turned-actors.” Gamesradar+. April 6. Accessed May 21, 2018.

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