Many WWE superstars make the transition into movies and television because they’re all playing characters while bodyslamming their opponents. It’s pretty easy for someone with good mic skills to cameo on the big or small screen or even have a recurring role like Adam “Edge” Copeland on Vikings and Haven.
Not everyone goes on to the same level of success as Copeland or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Sometimes, wrestlers get a bit part here or there on a television series to essentially play themselves: a professional wrestler. Throughout the years, there have been tons wrestler cameos, but we picked out a few really worth mentioning from Vader playing a bully’s father to Roddy Piper playing an immortal.
Additionally, wrestlers tend to make a lot of cameos in movies, and we have 27 movie cameos you might have forgotten as well as every wrestler cameo from the Netflix series Glow.
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Playing a combatant named Athena, former WWE star Ashley Massaro appears throughout the Smallville episode titled “Combat.”
During the episode “Combat,” Glenn “Kane” Jacobs plays a super powered fighter named Titan.
Charmed: Buff Bagwell
In the very weird episode of Charmed titled “Wrestling with Demons,” Marcus “Buff” Bagwell plays a wrestler in the underworld in which the losers of each bout lose their souls.
Charmed: Booker T & Scott Steiner
In the same “Wrestling with Demons” episode, Booker T and Scott Steiner also play demonic wrestlers named Thunder and Mega-Man, respectively.
Parks And Recreation: John Cena
During the Parks and Recreation episode “The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show,” John Cena appears on the final episode of Andy’s TV show.
Boy Meets World: Vader
Leon “Vader” White has a recurring role on Boy Meets World, playing Frankie The Enforcer’s father. He first appeared in the episode “Sixteen Candles and Four-Hundred-Pound Men,” where Cory and Shawn had to help Vader win a WWF match.
Boy Meets World: Mankind
Speaking of wrestlers on Boy Meets World, later on in the series, Mick “Mankind” Foley pops up in the episode “For Love and Apartments,” where the boys take on the girls in a wrestling match to see who gets to keep the apartment.
The Flash: Edge
While Adam “Edge” Copeland had recurring roles on a few series mentioned earlier, he got to play Atom Smasher on The Flash, in the episode titled “The Man Who Saved Central City.”
Desperate Housewives: Goldberg
One of the weirdest appearances in a TV show comes from Bill Goldberg, who played a chivalrous inmate on Desperate Housewives in the opening of the episode titled “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.”
Law & Order: SVU: Goldberg
Goldberg also appeared on the episode “Loophole” on Law & Order: SVU as “Cupid,” a guy who gets tased in the opening moments of the show.
That ’70s Show: The Rock
That ’70s Show had a whole episode revolving around the gang going to a wrestling match. Dwayne Johnson appeared in the episode as his father, Rocky Johnson.
That ’70s Show: Ken Shamrock
Ken Shamrock also appeared in the wrestling episode of That ’70s Show.
That ’70s Show: The Hardy Boyz
While Matt and Jeff Hardy didn’t have any moments with the cast, they did have a match in the ring on That ’70s Show.
The Thundermans: Chris Jericho
You probably missed Chris Jericho on kid’s show The Thundermans, in the episode “Beat the Parents.” That also means you missed him with this sweet mullet.
NTSF:SD:SUV: John Morrison
On the Adult Swim series NTSF:SD:SUV, John Morrison showed up at an anti-robot rally inside a church.
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch: Kevin Nash
Outside of wrestling, he’s most known for his role in Magic Mike; however, Kevin Nash appeared as The Giant on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch in the episode titled “The Crucible.”
Supernatural: The Miz
The Miz played wrestler Shawn Harley in the episode “Beyond the Mat” on the series Supernatural.
Star Trek: Voyager: The Rock
While he’s not playing a wrestler, per se, Dwayne Johnson did play the alien warrior named The Champion in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Tsunkatse.”
Highlander: The Series: Roddy Piper
Roddy Piper–best known outside the ring for They Live–showed up as the immortal Anthony Galen in the Highlander episode “Epitaph for Tommy.” The episode kicks off with a sword fight on a roller coaster track.
The X-Files: Rob Van Dam
WWE/ECW’s Rob Van Dam played–you guessed it–a wrestler on an X-Files in the episode titled “Fight Club.”
In the shortlived MTV animated series Downtown, The Undertaker played himself in the episode “The Con.” During the show, Undertaker beat up convention goers with ease.
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