There are some wrestlers that have garnered mainstream popularity. This is a list of the performers that have taken their wrestling fame and become part of popular culture.
1. Hulk Hogan
When people think of wrestling they automatically think of Hulk Hogan. He was responsible for the wrestling booms of the ’80s and ’90s. He has had mainstream success as a movie and television star.
In his relatively short career, the Rock quickly became an icon of the industry and his wrestling success has translated into a very successful movie career.
Steve Austin’s blue collar wrestling persona captivated the wrestling fans and the world. His Austin 3:16 shirt is the best selling shirt in wrestling history.
Andre the Giant was known as the 8th World Wonder due to both the size of his body and his charisma. His role in The Princess Bride was the first time a wrestler captivated a movie audience.
While he had a decent wrestling career, it is his post wrestling work that puts him in this category. His announcing work is legendary and led to his acting career. Jesse shocked the world by becoming the Governor of Minnesota as an independent candidate.
Mick Foley was one of the superstars of the late ’90s wrestling boom. Unlike the other wrestlers that set their sites on Hollywood, Foley has become a successful author and has two #1 best-selling books on his resume.
Roddy Piper was the bad guy everyone paid to see get beaten up by Hulk Hogan. Piper retired at the top of his game and starred in the classic sci-fi thriller They Live.
Unlike the other people on this list, Flair never sought his fame from anywhere else but the wrestling ring. As a main eventer for over a quarter of a century, anyone that has any knowledge of wrestling has come across his name.
Like the Rock, Goldberg’s became an icon in the sport despite a relatively short career. This former Atlanta Falcon has become a movie and television star.
The Macho Man was a top star in the wrestling world in the ’80s and ’90s. With the late Miss Elizabeth at his side, he captivated wrestling fans and had to carry the WWF for a period in the ’80s when Hulk started his movie career. The Macho Man has found fame outside the ring and his most notable movie role was in Spider-Man.