12 Pro Wrestlers Who Starred In Horror Films

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Vote up your favorite performances from wrestlers in horror movies.

Professional wrestlers often make the transition to starring in feature films, and horror films in particular. It's actually not much of a stretch when you think about the skill set required to excel in both. A hulking, charismatic bone-breaker in the ring really just needs some makeup to transform into a terrifying monster straight from your nightmares. Many wrestlers have played horror movie baddies to great acclaim, but others like "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and El Santo have comfortably filled leading roles, too. 

If you've ever wondered, "Is there a definitive list of movies with WWE wrestlers in them?" then your search is now over. Here are 12 superstars of the ring, and what can affectionately be called their pro wrestler horror movies. 

  • 1
    777 VOTES

    Wrestling Claim to Fame: Known for his kilt and bagpipe intro music, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper is one of the most legendary wrestlers in WWE history. Piper got his start with the NWA, where he competed from 1975 to 1983. Once he switched to the WWE in 1984, he quickly became one of their first big stars. He headlined Wrestlemania I, and also competed in Wrestlemanias II and III. In 1992, he won his first and only Intercontinental Championship belt by defeating the Mountie. Piper was also the host of the popular (and controversial) interview segment "Piper's Pit." He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. 

    Horror Films: Piper appeared in several horror movies throughout his acting career, including John Carpenter's They Live (1988), Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988), LegionThe Final Exorcism (2006), Ghosts of Goldfield (2007), and Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies (2015). 

    Greatest Cinematic Moment: Piper's starring role in They Live challenged both his acting and fighting abilities. The best moment has to be his back-alley fight scene with co-star Keith David, which drags on for almost six minutes. This film also features his classic one-liner, "I'm here to chew bubblegum and kick a**, and I'm all out of bubblegum." This line wasn't in the script; Piper got it from an old book of one-liners he used for his wrestling interviews. 

    • Age: Dec. at 61 (1954-2015)
    • Birthplace: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
    777 votes
  • 2
    680 VOTES

    Wrestling Claim to Fame: Jesse "The Body" Ventura has arguably the most eclectic career of any professional wrestler, ever. Before he ever stepped into the ring, he served in the US Navy from 1969-1975, including a stint as a SEAL. After leaving the service, he was a full-patch member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, and worked as a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones. He made his professional wrestling debut in 1975 in Portland for Pacific Northwest Wrestling before moving to the Minnesota-based American Wrestling Association. Alongside Adrian Adonis, he formed part of the legendary tag-team "East-West Connection." The duo moved to the WWE in 1980, where Ventura would compete until retiring in 1985.

    From 1985-1990, Ventura served as an announcer on nearly every WWE broadcast, where he became known for his colorful and sometimes controversial commentary. In addition to wrestling, Ventura has appeared in 16 movies. On top of all that, he's had a successful political career, serving as mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, from 1991-1995, and the state's governor from 1999-2003. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.  

    Horror Movies: Predator (1987), The Running Man (1987)

    Greatest Cinematic Moment: Literally anything he does in Predator, from using a mini-gun nicknamed "Old Painless" to uttering the all-time great one-liner, "I ain't got time to bleed."

    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    680 votes
  • 3
    505 VOTES

    Wrestling Claim to Fame: Tyler Mane's wrestling career began in 1986 in Canada, where he wrestled under the name "Skywalker Nitron." After making several international wrestling appearances over the next few years, he signed with WCW in 1993, where he was part of a tag-team duo with Vinnie Vegas. In 1994, he joined the short-lived Universal Wrestling Federation, becoming its first and only champion. He retired from wrestling in 1999. 

    Horror Films: The Devil's Rejects (2005), Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009), Devil May Call (2013), Compound Fracture (2014), Victor Crowley (2017)

    Greatest Cinematic Moment: Having previously appeared as Sabretooth in X-Men (2000), Mane's career went to the next level after nabbing the role one of the biggest baddies in horror history. Mane played Michael Myers in Rob Zombie's Halloween remake, and he donned the Shatner mask again in Halloween II. 

    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
    505 votes
  • 4
    498 VOTES

    Wrestling Claim to Fame: After beginning his wrestling career in 1992, Glenn Thomas Jacobs joined the WWE as Kane in 1997. Alongside his ringmate the Undertaker, Kane specialized in "inferno matches," where the ring was surrounded by flames and the winner had to set their opponent on fire. Kane is a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and the only person to hold all three world WWE titles (the WWF Championship, the ECW Championship, and the World Championship). He also holds four Royal Rumble records: most total Rumble eliminations (43 as of 2015), most consecutive appearances in the Royal Rumble (16), most total appearances (18, with 16 under the Kane gimmick), and the quickest elimination of another competitor (1.8 seconds, vs. Santino Marella). 

    Horror Movies: See No Evil (2006), See No Evil 2 (2014)

    Greatest Cinematic Moment: Kane was the star of WWE Productions' first film, the 2006 slasher film See No Evil, but his most memorable moment is definitely from the 2014 sequel. While taking out one of the film's teenage protagonists, Kane pauses to remember his troubled childhood. He then removes his mask, mirroring his infamous unmasking in a 2003 episode of Raw

    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Spain, Torrejón de Ardoz
    498 votes
  • 5
    373 VOTES

    Dallas Page

    Wrestling Claim to Fame: After starting his career as a wrestling manager in 1988, "Diamond" Dallas Page signed with WCW in 1991 and switched his focus to wrestling. He was a three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and the fourth wrestler to become a WCW Triple Crown Champion. After WWE purchased WCW in 2001, Page made his WWE debut later that year before retiring from wrestling in 2002 due to injuries. In 2017, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

    Horror Films: The Devil's Rejects (2005), Driftwood (2006), Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror (2006), Gallowwalkers (2009), The Murders of the Brandywine Theater (2015) 

    Greatest Cinematic Moment: He's had roles in several horror movies, but we'll go with his role in The Devil's Rejects as one half of "The Unholy Two," a pair of amoral bounty hunters who help Sheriff Wydell track down the Firefly family. 

    • Age: Dec. at 24 (1911-1936)
    373 votes
  • 6
    389 VOTES

    Wrestling Claim to Fame: Long before starring as Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchise, David Bautista was one of the most successful WWE wrestlers of all time. After he first was rejected by the WCW and told he'd never make it as a wrestler, Bautista joined the WWE and spent several years in the Ohio Valley Wrestling developmental league before making his WWE debut in 2002. Appearing under the name "Dave Batista" or just "Batista," Bautista went on to six total WWE championships and was the longest-reigning World Heavyweight Champion. He retired in 2014, but still makes occasional appearances. 

    Horror Films: My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? (2009), L.A. Slasher (2015), Army of the Dead (2020)

    Greatest Cinematic Moment: So far, Bautista's only true horror film appearance was in 2015's L.A. Slasher, about a serial slayer who targets reality stars and socialites. Bautista plays "Drug Dealer #1" and ends up getting taken out by the machete-wielding slasher. 

    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
    389 votes