10 Celebrity Appearances You Completely Forgot About
Celebrities have always been there for the biggest moments in wrestling history. From Muhammad Ali appearing at the first WrestleMania to David Arquette helping bring down WCW by winning the World Heavyweight Championship, the wrestling world has always clashed with popular culture. Celebrities who have also made great contributions to storylines are pretty much unforgettable.
Mike Tyson, for example, helped usher in the entire Attitude era by inserting himself into the feud between Shawn Michaels and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. With far too many appearances to count, this list will examine ten forgotten times a celebrity made an appearance at a wrestling show or event.
ten Chris Rock
Several videos of Chris Rock taking on Will Smith in WWE 2K have circulated online. In fact, Chris Rock has already made an appearance in the ring. At NWA-TNA PPV #16, Rock stepped into the ring and declared that TNA had the best wrestling in the world. TNA was next featured in Rock’s 2003 film Head of State. The appearance was random and therefore often overlooked.
9 Kim Kardashian
In 2008, Kim Kardashian was years away from her relationship with Kris Humphries which made headlines and her relationship with Kanye West which made headlines and her relationship with Pete Davidson which made headlines . The future billionaire was the hostess of WrestleMania 24. Her appearance was lackluster and Kim seemed out of her element at the event.
8 Alice Cooper
WrestleMania 3 will be remembered for the slam that Hulk Hogan gave Andre The Giant. Earlier in the series, before Hogan retained his WWE Championship, music icon Alice Cooper appeared and did a segment with Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Although Cooper wasn’t a huge fan of the wrestlers before his appearance, he said he gained a ton of respect for the craft after being behind the scenes at one of the biggest events in the history of the WWE.
seven James Brown
Ernest “The Cat” Miller wasn’t a great wrestler, but he was still interesting. In 1999, Miller started dancing like James Brown to celebrate his wins. Not a single WCW fan thought he was remotely serious when he said he knew the man he was impersonating, the “godfather of soul” himself, James Brown. At SuperBrawl 2000, one of the biggest celebrity wins in wrestling history happened when James Brown showed up and danced with “The Cat.”
6 Adam Sandler
When WWE puts on a big show in La La Land (Los Angeles), there’s usually never a shortage of famous wrestling fans. When WrestleMania takes place in Los Angeles, the biggest names in Hollywood show up at the event. At WrestleMania 21, many big names were present like Macaulay Culkin and Lance Bass. Adam Sandler was also present sitting next to fellow SNL alum Rob Schneider.
5 Toby Keith
TNA was once an extremely southern wrestling show. How the south? The first weekly pay-per-view event featured a performance by Toby Keith. The country performed their hit song “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue.” Jeff Jarrett, one of the founders of TNA rudely interrupted Keith during his performance.
This turned out to be an angle as not only did Kieth perform at the event, but he entered the championship battle royal and knocked Jarrett out of contention for the company’s first NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.
4 Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman is one of the few celebrities to have hurt a wrestling superstar during their appearance. Jackman appeared on an episode of Raw, primarily to promote his movie real steel. Jackman also helped push Zack Ryder during his appearance.
After he and Dolph Ziggler argued, Jackman grabbed a sign from Zack Ryder and gave him a match against Ziggler. Ryder would win the match and Hugh Jackman really punched Ziggler in the face (after Dolph asked him to) giving him a broken jaw.
In 2008, Raven-Symoné was one of the biggest names in television. She was a few years away from her hit show It’s so raven And two cheetah girls movies. Symoné appeared at WrestleMania 24 to announce WWE’s involvement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She was there to represent the Foundation, which seemed random since she had no association with WWE and wasn’t even associated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation globally on the same level as John Cena or other WWE Superstars.
2 JWoww and Angelina
TNA has had some associations with the hit MTV reality show “Jersey Shore.” First, Becky Bayless starred as a Snookie parody named “Cookie” on the show. Robbie E (Robert Stone) parodied the men on the show next to Cookie.
TNA ended up bringing in two stars from the hit show to take on the two parody wrestlers. JWoww and Angelina both made an appearance on an episode of Impact that was very forgettable. JWoww confronted Cookie, while Angelina sided with her as she was known to be a heel on Jersey Shore.
1 Paul Walker
Paul Walker was one of the most beloved actors of his generation. Two years before his tragic passing, he made a brief appearance on WWE television. Walker and The Rock starred in the Fast and Furious franchise together and Walker wished the WWE Superstar a happy birthday shortly after the release of their movie Fast 5. In the heartfelt video segment, Walker also waved her hand in front of her face in a nod to John. Cena.