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Top 10 Celebrity Wrestling Fans

VO: Matthew Wende
Script written by George Pacheco These celebrities wish that they could jump into the ring of a WWE match, and some of them have! Some of these celebrity wrestling fans may surprise you: such as Cyndi Lauper, Maria Menounos, or Gillian Jacobs from Community and Netflix’s Love! Others are more obvious, like Mike Tyson, who has entered many rings himself, Jon Stewart who has appeared on numerous RAW broadcasts, and Ronda Rousey.

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Top 10 Celebrity Wrestling Fans

Strap on those tights, lace up your boots, and get into the ring. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Celebrity Wrestling Fans.

For this list, we’re ranking prominent figures within the entertainment industry who harbor a love for professional wrestling – secret or otherwise. These celebrities could either be totally unaware of pro wrestling’s inner workings, or have worked behind the scenes as either a performer or writer. The only criteria is that they love The Squared Circle!

#10: Adam Sandler

It’s no secret that Adam Sandler loves casting his closest friends to co-star in many of his projects. What may be less well known is that the comedian is also an avid fan of pro wrestling, and often casts sports entertainers in his films, as well. Paul Wight, also known as “The Big Show,” provided a particularly memorable bit of comic relief as the childhood wrestling hero for Sandler’s character in “The Waterboy,” while Sandler himself has also made his presence known alongside family and friends at numerous WWE live events.

#9: Gillian Jacobs

It’s one thing to be a fan of the extremely popular WWE brand, but it’s another altogether to have one’s ear to the underground, and a finger on the pulse of independent wrestling. “Community” star Gillian Jacobs takes her love of the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla promotion beyond merely attending their live events, going the extra mile to discuss her love of wrestling with talk show hosts like Sam Roberts. Who knows? If acting doesn’t work out, maybe Jacobs could find a second career somewhere with the wrestling industry! We’d also love to see her face off with “Community” co-star Alison Brie on an episode of “GLOW.”

#8: Billy Corgan

For many teenagers who grew up in the grunge-obsessed nineties, Billy Corgan will largely be known for his involvement with one of that decade’s biggest bands, The Smashing Pumpkins. However, wrestling fans might know Corgan better from his most recent career changes, mainly as a pro wrestling insider. In 2011, he founded Resistance Pro Wrestling. The songwriter then moved on to a tempestuous relationship with Total Nonstop Action/Impact Wrestling before buying the iconic southern wrestling brand known as the NWA, or National Wrestling Alliance, in May of 2017.

#7: Mike Tyson

As the first WWE Hall of Famer on our list, Iron Mike Tyson has a long and loving relationship with the pro wrestling industry. The boxing legend grew up watching brawlers like Bruno Sammartino on TV, and took this love with him when he eventually started collaborating with Vince McMahon and the WWE. Tyson’s most important appearance with the company was probably his spot as guest referee for the infamous WrestleMania XIV match between “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. He may be the “baddest man on the planet,” but Mike Tyson also has tons of love for his wrestling buddies.

#6: Ronda Rousey

It doesn’t take more than a cursory look at Ronda Rousey’s MMA career to realize that there’s a lot of pro wrestling love going on behind the scenes. First off, Rousey’s nickname of “Rowdy,” was borrowed from one of her favorite wrestlers, Roddy Piper. Then, there’s also the fact that her closest female friends in the business call themselves “The Four Horsewomen” after the classic wrestling faction of a similar name. Finally, Rousey herself showed up for a fun WrestleMania 31 segment alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, where she put the squeeze on the boss’ daughter, Stephanie McMahon.

#5: Maria Menounos

In the celebrity world, there are wrestling super fans, and then there’s Maria Menounos. The beautiful entertainment journalist has made no secret of her unabashed love of the industry, and takes time out of her schedule every year to co-host WWE’s Hall of Fame red carpet during WrestleMania weekend. Maria isn’t just a pretty face, however, and she’s more than up on her wrestling history. She even managed to make a good showing herself as a competitor in tag team action on a number of occasions.

#4: Jon Stewart

If you’re Jon Stewart, and you’ve just finished an epic 16-year run on “The Daily Show,” what do you do next? Well, the answer is obvious: enter the world of pro wrestling, of course! Stewart had often been seen at WWE live events with his family as a member of the audience, but the comedian’s 2015 exodus from Comedy Central meant that Stewart had plenty of time to make the jump from a desk to the ring. Jon famously got involved within a feud between John Cena and Seth Rollins, eventually eating an Attitude Adjustment from Cena as a result of his interference in their match at that year’s SummerSlam.

#3: Cyndi Lauper

Today, Cyndi Lauper is known as one of the defining voices of the 1980s, the woman behind such classic hits as “True Colors,” “Time After Time,” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” However, Lauper was also one of the most important aspects of what would be known as the “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection.” This was when pro wrestling managed to reach its highest crossover potential to date, thanks to Lauper bringing her MTV fame to the world of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Indeed, the 1980s wrestling boom was something truly amazing for its time, and it’s highly likely that it might never have occurred were it not for Lauper’s collaboration.

#2: Jim Carrey

It was in 1999 when Jim Carrey earned critical and commercial praise for his portrayal of comedy icon Andy Kaufman. One aspect of Carrey’s performance demanded that he work with another legend, this time Memphis’ King of Wrestling, Jerry Lawler. Kaufman had collaborated with Lawler back in the early 80s in a staged feud that spilled over from rings all the way to “Late Night with David Letterman.” Carrey did an eerie job of recreating this authentic bit of grand theater, and in the process ended up gaining a respect and love for the industry, which continues today.

Before we leg drop you with our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions, brother!
- Hugh Jackman
- Drew Carey
- Shaquille O’Neal

#1: Snoop Dogg

Our number one pick is yet another member of the prestigious WWE Hall of Fame, and one with a direct bloodline to the wrestling business. Snoop Dogg has been a part of the WWE family as an in ring performer, musical guest, and spokesperson. But he also has a familial connection to the brand in his cousin, former Women’s Champion Sasha Banks. Snoop even accompanied Banks, also known as “The Boss,” down the ramp during her entrance at WrestleMania 32, proving that his connection to pro wrestling is more than just skin deep.

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